It doesn’t matter if we’re working, studying, or doing anything, it is always important to stop a moment in the afternoon and recharge our energy. Why not doing it as the British and beautiful tradition of tea time?
First a little history. Tea (green, actually) came from China to England in the mid-seventeenth century and, like many other things, was banned despite its obvious health benefits. Luckily, King Charles II introduced it to high society, but actually this is a fact that we owe it to his wife, Catherine Henrietta of Braganza.
The Duchess of Bedford is a character I find very sympathetic, and with whom I could identify. She was the one who started the tradition of “tea time” as we know it today, in an attempt to satisfy their cravings in the afternoon. Although I blushed a little as I write this, I confess that every day, around 4 pm an unavoidable desire of a hot drink with a nice piece of cake takes over me. It is so general and so instinctive as that. I can use something strong like an espresso with chocolate cake, like my Chocolate Meringue Cake, or even something softer, like a cup of tea, English Breakfast with muffins or a delicious coffee cake.
Do you know how to choose your tea?
The most important factor to consider when it comes to tea is fermentation. Green tea is not fermented, it is grown and then just dried, it retains its color and flavor of herbs, so it is ideal to have it pure. Black tea, british, is the product of a fermentation process, which gives it its characteristic dark color, this one you can have with lemon or a little cold milk. Finally there is the Oolong, a tea that has a little bit of both, because it is partially fermented. You can have it pure, with lemon or milk.
How to prepare the perfect cup of tea?
The ideal is to always use loose tea, not bags, to better enjoy the taste, and of course, don’t use a mug but a kettle. The water should be boiling but not for so long, to conserve oxygen and achieve the best flavor. We must put the water first and then the tea letting it stand for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how strong we like it.
It is true that if we aren’t at home it can be difficult to do the whole ritual, but if you have a little space in your office, try it, it’s worth.
Scones, the best company
Of course we must accompany our perfect cup of tea with something equally simple and delicious.
- 225g flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 40 g sugar
- 75g soft butter, not melted, cut into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 220 ° C.
Sift flour and baking powder in a bowl and mix with sugar. Add the butter and knead everything together until crumbs form. Make a well in the center.
Beat the egg with the milk and add it in the flour mixture, stirring until dough is light and fluffy. Then put it on a floured surface and roll it out with a rolling pin until it is 2.5 cm thick. You must then cut using round pans (can be cups) and put on a baking sheet for 10-12 minutes, or until golden and have grown enough.
Something for your sweet tooth?
Accompany with a good jam and some clotted cream.
This publication is an entry for the Afternoon Tea Whittard of Chelsea Blogger Carnival