Cook To A Tea
Full-flavored, Single Origin Dilmah Tea is the ideal complement to crisp autumn mornings and frosty winter evenings -- for sharing with friends or drinking while curled up with a book. What could be more pleasing and relaxing than the rich and satisfying hand picked "tea lover" classics from the Dilmah Gourmet Series -- Earl Grey, English Afternoon, English Breakfast, Ceylon Supreme? It's also a festive way to spice up the holidays with baked treats made with the wonderfully authentic flavors of Dilmah.
Dilmah's Holiday Seasonal Baking Recipe
Oatmeal Tea Muffins
3/4 cup milk
3 contents of Dilmah Teabags (Preferably the English Breakfast Tea or
Ceylon Supreme from Dilmah's Gourmet Series)
1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup raisins
In a small saucepan, heat milk just to the simmer. Off heat, add the teabags, submerging them completely. Set mixture aside to cool. When cool, remove teabags, squeezing them to remove liquid. Adjust rack to lower third of oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease and flour 12 muffin cups. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the oats and brown sugar. In a small bowl, combine the steeped tea milk, oil, and eggs. With a rubber spatula, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid mixture. Stir the ingredients together just to moisten and combine. Do not over mix or the muffins will be tough and coarse in texture. Spoon thick batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each one 3/4 full. Bake 20 minutes or until muffin springs back when lightly pressed in center. Cool on wire rack for about 5 minutes before carefully removing from pan. Serve warm, if desired.
"As the weather turns cooler, tea lovers everywhere relish the delights of full-bodied classics like the varieties offered in the Dilmah Gourmet Series," said Merrill J. Fernando, founder of Dilmah and widely acknowledged as the patriarch of the Ceylon tea industry. "Each of Dilmah's classic teas -- Earl Grey, English Afternoon, English Breakfast, Ceylon Supreme -- is created according to tradition and from decades of experience."
"My father had a dream to bring back the age-old growing, harvesting and curing techniques which had been squeezed out of the tea industry in favor of 'fast track' processes," Mr. Malik Fernando commented. "At the same time, he wanted to reward his growers and their families with a better deal for their work while investing in the community to make tea growing more sustainable. By packaging at source and through the activities of the MJF Foundation, we like to say that Dilmah goes beyond fair trade -- we call it 'Ethical Trade'."