Hey there Teacups! It’s time again for another Tea Together Tuesday and this week’s prompt “Create a Tea & Food Parings” was suggest to Jann & I by Kayla (@kaylas.kitchen.tktp over on Instagram and @Kayla’sKitchen on YouTube). When we asked for our first batch of prompt suggestions earlier in the year and we thought it was a perfect prompt that would enable us all to get a little bit creative and learn something new about pairing food with tea. I’ve learnt a little bit about food & tea pairing over the last few years but it’s definitely something I have lots left to learn about so I’m really excited to see everyones posts and videos this week. Before I get into this I just want to reiterate that I am by no means a expert when it comes to tea and food pairings I still have a lot to learn and the things I share in this post are tried and tested (by me) combos that I love.
When it came to decided which of my favourite tea & food pairings I wanted to share on this blog I simply couldn’t whittle it down to just one and actually only managed to narrow it down to three so I thought rather than put pressure on myself to pick just one I’d just share my top three with you all. Two of the three are very simple (but sometimes that’s best) and one of them requires a little bit more effort but the resulting pairing is absolutely delicious so it pays off in the end. I’ll share the easiest two first and then I’ll go on to talk through the one that requires a little more creative effort on my part.
1) Matcha & White Chocolate – Like I said this is a very simple pairing but simple is sometimes best. Matcha and white chocolate are simply just a match made in heaven. When I do have white chocolate with my matcha I will always have the chocolate before I have the tea because doing so allows me to enjoy the coat the mouth before the tea has any effect on it and the matcha does a great job off cutting through the sickly sweetness of the chocolate. White chocolate is such a good sweet treat to have with matcha because matcha and it’s strong vegetal & umami notes do a fantastic job of highlighting the creaminess of the white chocolate. Of course not all matchas are created equal but white chocolate pairs really well with both matchas that lean much more to the savoury side of things and matchas that lean more to the sweeter side of things, especially if they have natural creamy notes too them. Of course having it with a sweeter/creamier matcha will result in a more indulgent dessert like experience but that is not something I’ll ever complain about. I wouldn’t say I have a favourite run of the mill white chocolate but sessions like this are a treat for me when I am well enough to do them so ideally I will go for a chocolate that it higher quality from somewhere like Hotel Chocolat. But they can be on the pricey side so its not something I do all the time.
2) Milk Chocolate & Black Tea (Specifically Darjeeling) – I never drink my darjeeling tea with milk or honey added because I love them without absolutely anything added in, but what I do love is creamy milk chocolate paired with darjeeling. Of course just like with the matcha its always a nibble of the chocolate first and then the tea always it just seems to work much better that way and you are able to tell how the chocolate effect the tea and how the tea effects the chocolate in many more ways if you go about your tasting/pairing session this way. The smooth creaminess of the milk chocolate complements the darjeeling’s muscatel notes perfectly and replaces the need to add cream or sugar into your darjeeling. For todays tasting/pairing session I went with Galaxy (my favourite run of the milk milk chocolate) but normally as tasting/pairing session for me are not some I do all the time, again if I am going to do one I’ll normally go with a milk chocolate that’s a bit more high quality from somewhere like Hotel Chocolat. But they can be on the pricey side so its not something I do all the time.
3) Citrus Cake & Earl Grey – Now this is my food and tea paring that takes a little more effort on my behalf as I’m not always able to bake but when I do get the chance this is a pairing I love to put together for myself, especially as I’ve now found a way to do it that a little bit easier for me. I use the Wrights Orange cake mix which only requires 2 additional ingredients (water and oil) and then I ice it with a simple 2 ingredient lemon drizzle icing (100g of icing sugar & 4 TSP of lemon juice) and its absolutely delicious and works a treat every time. The cake it’s self has little orange pieces in it and the citrus notes of that and the lemon icing pair perfectly with the bergamot in earl grey. I do find how ever that it pairs perfectly with Earl Grey’s that have little extra citrus element added to them as well just like Nuditea’s – Fifty Shades Of Earl that has both orange peel and lemon peel added into which is amplified by the orange and lemon in the cake. The cake mix I use is not overly sweet either apart from the orange pieces in it so it doesn’t overpower the Earl Grey but just pairs perfectly with it. In fact in the future I might even try using their blend in the cake mix instead of the water as something tells me that would be delicious.
NudiTea’s Earl Grey is a blend I was only just introduced to when they very kindly gifted me some of their teas to try and it couldn’t have arrived at a better time and when I was planning what I wanted to do for this post I knew that I had to try this tea alongside my favourite citrus cake and was beyond happy when I discovered just how perfectly they pair with each other. The added citrus element in the blend is present but not overpowering and the bergamot is at a level where it is noticeable but it’s not too strong like you find in a lot of Earl Grey blends these days and the cake did a great job of amplifying the orange and the lemon and the ever so slight sweetness and vanilla note in the cake mix replace all need to add in any extra sweetness or milk into this blend.
The blend uses two types of black tea, Assam & Ceylon, and I think the mix of those two was a great choice as it stops the base being too strong and overpowering the subtle notes. It’s definitely one of the best Earl Grey’s I’ve had in a while and I look forward to drinking many more cups of it throughout the year both with and without cake. I’m definitely going to experiment with it in some bakes as well as long as I am able to do so and my migraines decide to give me a break though there is more chance of pigs flying these days.
Overall Teacup Rating: 5/5
If you want to find out more about NudiTea and purchase some of this blend to try for yourself, you can do both here. As always if you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them as soon as I can. Remember to also stick any links to anything you have posted to Tea Together Tuesday in the comments so I can read through/watch them all.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley
*The Earl grey featured in this post was gifted to me for the purpose of a review. I was not asked to include it in this post. All opinions are my own and have not been paid for*