Thursday, 16 January 2014

Tea Combos

Hey guys! Sorry for being a no-show for such a long time. Tension rising, God help, PLEASE. Aaaaanyway, I'll get straight to the point. Tea is one of those things that is never one and the same, especially on the subject of caffiene, flavor, sweetness and effect. I like almost all types of tea; from decaffinated to PG tips! At our house, we have loads of tea (drum roll)-

Spiced-apple chamomile,
regular teabags,
homade teabags,
open tea leaves (black tea),
orange tea,
strawberry tea,
PG tips, 
lemon tea,
raspberry tea,
green tea,
lemongrass tea,
milk tea,
jasmine tea,
and regular chamomile tea.

Whoa, that equals fifteen!
Also, I'm not that into stuff like the Queen's Tea thingie from England, nor do I like tea parties, but for me, the BEST part of tea are the little crumpets, scones, biscottis or cakes served along tea. Now a perfect biscotti recipe:

This is a simple, no frills biscotti. It's quick, easy and one of my favorite Italian cookie recipes.

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup white sugar
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 eggs
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon anise extract, or 3 drops anise oil

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, beat together the oil, eggs, sugar and anise flavoring until well blended.

Combine the flour and baking powder, stir into the egg mixture to form a heavy dough. Divide dough into two pieces. Form each piece into a roll as long as your cookie sheet. Place roll onto the prepared cookie sheet, and press down to 1/2 inch thickness.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on a wire rack. When The cookies are cool enough to handle, slice each one crosswise into 1/2 inch slices. Place the slices cut side up back onto the baking sheet. Bake for an additional 6 to 10 minutes on each side. Serve with black tea, milk tea, decaf tea, or PG tips.

Combos like those go good according to flavor, strength and sweetness. Some teas even go with fruits and cheeses, or simple chocolate cakes! Have fun creating your own combos, and good luck!

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