Baking with tea. Did you know that’s a thing? I didn’t until recently when I found a recipe for vanilla rooibos tea cookies. YUMMO! After that, I started experimenting and found some delicious new ways to use my favorite tea. Typically, the best way to infuse your favorite tea flavors to baked goods and other foods is to steep loose tea leaves in melted butter. After steeping for 5 minutes or so, pour the melted butter through a fine mesh sieve and add to the recipe.
This morning I made a vanilla Coman-chai baked oatmeal for breakfast. It was so yummy and the perfect way to ease into a dark winter morning. (The thermometer read -15 degrees and we have two feet of snow on the ground, so I had to be gentle with myself!)
Do you have any favorite recipes for baking with tea? If you do, we would love to hear about them!
VANILLA COMAN-CHAI BAKED OATMEAL
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup Cream of the WestTMRoasted 7-grain cereal**
- 2/3 cup toasted pecans finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup diced apple chunks
- 2 cups milk
- ½ cup cream or sub more milk instead
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
- 2 tablespoons Tumblewood TeasTMComan-chai (loose leaf)
Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees & grease a 10 or 11 inch round baking dish.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, toasted pecans, maple syrup, spices, and apples. Mix to combine. Pour in milk, cream, vanilla and melted butter & stir. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.
- Mix together cinnamon and brown sugar for the topping. Sprinkle evenly over the porridge mixture. Place dish in the center of your oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and crispy.
- Remove from oven and serve immediately. Top with milk or cream, a drizzle of maple syrup or honey, fresh fruit etc.
**This cereal is to die for and also makes a delicious bread! It is made locally by our friends from Cream of The West in Harlowton, Montana and available at many Montana grocery stores or online.