Christmas means celebration and celebration means a table full of delectable drinks and delicious food to relish with friends and family! When it comes to Christmas, seasonal tea and gingerbread cake are the perfect pair for a wholesome celebration! Here are two specially curated Christmas recipes by Tea Culture Of The World to make your Christmas merrier.
Recipe 1 - Spiced Winter Mulled Wine
Spiced winter tea is Christmas cheer in a cup! Rooibos tea, cinnamon, cloves and orange peel- these flavours are pretty much everything you need to make a gorgeous mulled wine.
- 50 gms vanilla rooibos
- 750 ml (1 pint 6 fl oz) good quality red wine
- 250 ml (8 ½ fl oz) water
- 4 tbsp sugar
- ½ orange, sliced ginger biscuits, to serve (optional)
- Simply throw all of the ingredients into one big pan. Bring it just below the boiling point, stirring occasionally.
- Then, turn the heat down and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
- Serve warm, not too hot, as a delicious, warming drink on a cold day!
Recipe 2 - Spiced Gingerbread Cake
Needless to say, gingerbread is a traditional holiday favourite. Sweet lovers, this one's for you!
- Tea Culture Of The World's Apple Cinnamon or Spicy Mandarin - ¼ C (120 g)
- Unsalted butter - 8 tbsp (120 g)
- Firmly packed dark brown sugar, dark molasses, and corn syrup - ½ C each (120 g each)
- All-purpose flour - 2 ½ C (65 g)
- Ground ginger and ground cinnamon - 1 ½ tsp each (3 g each)
- Ground cloves and ground nutmeg - ½ tsp (3 g each)
- Salt - ¼ tsp (1 g)
- Large eggs - 2
- Grated zest of lemon - 1
- Lemon juice - 1 tbsp (15 ml)
- Baking soda - 2 tsp (10 g)
- Confectioners’ sugar - 4 c (500 g)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 10 x 3 ½ inch (25 x 9 cm) bundt pan.
- Bring 1 ½ cups (350 ml) of water to a boil, remove from the heat, add the tea, and steep for 5 minutes; strain to extract as much liquid as possible.
- Melt the butter; stir it with the brown sugar, molasses, and corn syrup until blended. Set aside to cool.
- Combine the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt in the bowl in a food processor and pulse to blend. Scrape in the butter-sugar mixture and blend. Add the eggs and lemon zest and process until smooth.
- Stir the baking soda in a cup (240 ml) of the tea. It will bubble up. Stir the mixture into the batter, mixing well; then scrape it into the prepared pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the top is springy and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove the pan and cool on a cake rack.
- Combine the remaining tea with lemon juice. Sift in the confectioners’ sugar, whisking until you have a thick but spreadable icing. Pour over the cooled cake and let it set.
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