by Claire Hou
Xiaohusai’s tea is of course great when steaming hot and sipped from a mug, but it’s time to think outside the box. Tea, especially loose leaf, is a versatile thing. With that being said, here are 4 recipes that will surely add a new twist to how you can incorporate Xiaohusai tea into your kitchen!
1. Tea Leaf Cookies
This is a personal favorite! The tea leaves stay perfectly crunchy, which pairs great with the crumbly buttery texture of the cookie itself, and most importantly the flavor of the tea is able to really shine through. The recipe calls for jasmine tea, but we can vouch that Xiaohusai’s pu’er and black tea will work just as well!
Here is the recipe: https://spoonuniversity.com/recipe/1-cookie-dough-5-different-cookies
2. Tea Popsicles
With summer quickly approaching, nothing is more refreshing than an ice-cold popsicle! Tea is not only limited to rainy afternoons in bed, but it can come in all shapes, sizes, and in this case, temperatures. Your options aren’t limited to simple blocks of frozen, sweetened tea, though, t are tons of ways you can make your popsicles more interesting. Adding a drop of milk, extra ingredients like fruit slices or tapioca pearls, are all sure to yield a delicious treat. You don’t necessarily need to own a popsicle mold for this; a poor man’s solution to this is to simply use a water glass as a “mold” and stick an especially sturdy chopstick in as the handle, and pop it in the freezer! It isn’t ideal, but it does get the job done.
Here are a few recipes with more detailed instructions:
3. Black Tea Banana Bread
Banana bread is a well-beloved classic breakfast food and dessert– and why not make it even better by adding a bit of flavor with some black tea? Substitute some of Xiaohusai’s black tea for Lipton’s English Breakfast Tea, and you’re solid!
Here is the recipe: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a50045/black-tea-banana-bread-recipe/
4. Homemade Chai Tea Latte (with black tea)
Save yourself the trouble of dishing out 40 RMB at Starbucks for a Chai Tea Latte and make it yourself instead with some black tea in just 20 minutes! You won’t even have to step foot outside of your kitchen.
Here is the recipe: https://livesimply.me/homemade-chai-tea-latte