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Tea and Coffee, Potions and Blends

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This will take the chill out of the air. A wonderful hostess potable to serve throughout the fall into winter – but perfect for Thanksgiving. You could also add a touch of vanilla extract to this, or even a few bags of green tea or chamomile. There is also Lynch's Cranberry Apple Tea which makes a great base. I serve this in glass mugs with slices of Red Delicious apple on top or even a slice of clementine.

This smacks of a very gourmet, small brew ice-tea with its flavor of summery peach shining through the oh-so-healthy, anti-oxidant green tea. Just make sure you don’t brew the green tea too long; you don’t want it bitter. Just a brief sojourn in steaming kettle water is all you need. Serve this over crushed iced in wine glasses with a sprig of mint of shaving of fresh ginger or go country style, and offer in half-pint Mason (or preserving) jars. Make the tea; cue the hammock.
You can use green tea bags for this recipe (1 bag per 10-12 ounces water, or 1 teaspoon green tea leaves for 8-10 ounces of steaming kettle water). I don’t mind a trace of peach pulp in my Ice Peach and Green Tea and so I add one ground up ripe peach. But if you like clear tea, leave it out.

 

A hearty, spirited tea blend especially created  in honor of Jane. This is a heady mix of English Breakfast, Assam, Orange Pekoe, a touch of Darjeeling to smooth things over and a secret ingredient or two extra to make it more memorable. Isn’t this the perfect blend for Elizabeth or “Lizzie’ Bennet of P&P? One sip both soothes and inspires.

This classic and always popular tea was named for Charles Grey, the second earl in his line, who was also prime minister to King William IV in the early 19th century. Usually a mix of Indian and Sri Lankan tea, the charactistic Earl Grey, regardless of which company blends it, owes its unique flavor to oil of bergamot. The Earl is said to have been given the recipe by a Chinese official with whom he was acquainted. There are many types of Earl Grey – Twinnings of course is one such, but Serentipitea, Harneys, Bigelow and especially Middle Easter Markets have other incredible Earl Grey blends. If you like Earl Grey, try different ones – I do and I like them all. They all feature the bergamot but the tea leaf blending is different and the overall flavour quite different –each and every one. To crush the whole spices, just put them in a plastic bag and roll a rolling pin over them.

These are deep, dark, moist, delicious brownies, enlivened with the gorgeous fragrance of pure coffee ‘absolute’ an intense, pure coffee extra my friend Anya McCoy of Anya’s Garden Perfumes sent me. It results in brownies that waft an incredible perfume, born of the flavor and fragrance fusion of the coffee extrsact, with the vanilla and chocolate notes. Anya McCoy
http://AnyasGarden.com
http://PerfumeClasses.com
http://NaturalPerfumers.com

Warm, slightly spiced with cinnamon and oranges, this is a heart-warming brew after you rake the leaves. It features spice, apples and a few other goodies and is the most soothing exlixir you can imagine. Makes a wonderful Fall gift too.

A friend of mine introduced me to this lovely and refined tea of Darjeeling or Ceylon tea and cardamon. Find some little glass tea cups (they look like shot glasses) to serve this amazing blend. 

Pears are overlooked in autumn, as apples take top billing but they are so elegant. Small pears, poached in Earl Grey Tea, with some honey and vanilla are sublime. You can also make these in red wine or apple cider instead of the tea, or use green tea and add orange zest to the brew.

What is more inviting that spice and warmth in a cup? This team blend is a seasonal perk that will make your espresso pot beam. Usually I get my Pumpkin Latte from Montreal's David's Tea or at Starbucks but both places often run out! Shoot. So I invented my own (although in season, you can order it  from www.DavidsTea.com).  If you have a steamer for the milk, that’s super. If not, just simmer the milk and half and half to simmering, so that it shivers with foam. Pumpkin Pie spices are available in the spice section of most supermarkets or make your own, which will guarantee you a pungent, fresh spice mixture to enhance all your baking. If you like this recipe, you'll love White Chocolate Sweet Pumpkin Latte !

These are one of my own go-to favourite recipes. They are crisp and spicy and festive - a wonderful coffee klatch biscotti or gift of baking. I almost always coat one side of these with melted white chocolate. It is one of my trademark biscotti and in my upcoming cookbook, The Baker's Four Seasons. This recipe doubles well and I would recommend you do!

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