Monday, April 27, 2015

Tea Infused Butter for Baking

We love drinking tea so the idea of baking with tea seems lovely. The problem we find is that the idea of a tea baked recipe is so much more than the actual result. Grinding tea leafs into our batter or steeping the tea in milk only provides a faint trace of the tea's flavor in the final product. Good news, the baking with tea issue has been resolved with Tea Infused Butter. By using Tea Infused Butter you'll be able to successful incorporate a strong tea flavor in your recipes. Think of all those cookies, cupcakes, breads and more that can hold the true flavor of your favorite tea by using Tea Infused Butter. Feeling motivated? Give this Tea Infused Butter for Baking method a try by following the directions provided below.
  • Slightly more butter than your recipe calls for. When you make the tea-infused butter, some of the butter will get stuck on the tea leaves and you'll end up with less usable butter than you started with. How much more butter should you use? You'll have to experiment. It will vary depending on the type of tea that you use and how good you are at pressing the butter out of the wet tea leaves. I found that I needed 1 cup of butter to end up with 3/4 cup of butter.
  • 2 grams (or approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons) of whole-leaf tea per tablespoon of butter. As Robert says, "The key to flavor is freshness so be sure that you are using only tea that is highly aromatic and butter that has no off aromas or flavors."
  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter until just liquid.
  2. Add the tea leaves.
  3. Continue heating the mixture for about 5 minutes on low heat.
  4. Remove from the heat and allow to stand for another 5 minutes or until the butter is discernibly tinted by the tea leaves.
  5. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve, pressing hard on the tea leaves and then discarding them. This is the part where you will undoubtedly end up with some butter that you can't get off of the leaves. I encourage you to press as hard as you can, but not to obsess about lost butter - it's for a good cause.
  6. Let the butter come to room temperature and then use it as you would regular butter in your baked goods.

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