Autumn Teas

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Dearies, do you have a favorite time of year? There is something I love in every season, but cool breezes, bright sunshine, and vibrant leaves gently floating to the ground just makes me feel happy, warm, and fuzzy. This time of year Kat takes endless walks in the woods, and sometimes she’ll tote me along with her. I love listening to the leaves swish as she walks while the birds merrily chirp all around us. I’ve been gathering our favorite fall teas to keep on hand in the kitchen. A sip of these in the morning or after a hike is the perfect way to enhance a beautiful fall experience. Here are a few of our favorite fall teas.

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Masala Chai- Newman’s Own Organic Chai. Wake you up and warm you up! Kat has tried many masala chai blends over the years, and she just loves the balance in this one. The organic ingredients of ginger, cinnamon, black pepper cloves, and cardamom are exactly what she looks for in a good chai. These are actually the same ingredients she uses in her homemade version. Often times there is too much cardamom or cinnamon in chai, but the flavors here aren’t too spicy or strong, they all play happily together. Kat likes to steep this tea nice and strong for about 5 minutes, and then adds a few dashes of milk and a tablespoon of honey. Kat loves that she can easily find this tea at her local Stop & Shop, and never worries about running out. She finds this tea comforting and invigorating, and craves it quite often!

Cranberry- of course cranberry flavor is associated with fall! There are many teas that have added cranberry to their blends. It adds a pleasing tartness that is easily balanced with a dash of sweetener. Sips of cranberry tea will bring you to an inviting holiday table with leaves gently falling outside the window. Cranberry teas are bright with a fun combination of sweet and tangy notes.

Cinnamon- cinnamon is always a staple in our house during the cooler months. It’s warming and perfect for all sorts of dishes and drinks. Kat bakes with it, adds it to her morning oatmeal, even swirls a bit in her black tea. You can find it in endless blend combinations, or just add it yourself like Kat does.

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Rooibos- rooibos has an earthy flavor that’s perfect for this time of year. It also has a red hue reminiscent of the falling leaves. Rooibos is perfect any time of day since it doesn’t have caffeine. You can add other flavors to it or drink it straight up! You could get creative and make a cranberry or cinnamon rooibos blend all on your own. There are many rooibos blends out there, so definitely give a few a try this season.

I do hope you’ll let me know what your favorite fall teas are! Do you enjoy any specific flavors or particular types of tea?

Tippy’s Apple Cinnamon Tea Bread

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I’m all about autumn flavors these days, and I just came up with this tasty and easy quick bread to pair with your favorite teas. It’s perfect as an afternoon treat or a delicious way to end a dinner party.

This is made in a loaf pan to make it super simple. There is a streusel topping of cinnamon and brown sugar that also makes a surprise appearance inside the bread!

This tea bread has spices that remind me of apple picking and pumpkin pie. It’s the perfect autumn snack!

Tippy’s Apple Cinnamon Teatime Quick bread

makes 1 loaf

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 large apple, peeled and finely chopped (any will do, but granny smith are best)

 

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Preheat your oven to 350. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan and set aside. In a small bowl mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together. This will be the topping and filling, so set it aside for later. In a second bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, and ground ginger.

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In a mixer, cream the white sugar and butter until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Add about a third of the flour mixture, then a bit of the milk, and alternate until everything is just combined and smooth. Try not to over mix. If it seems too sticky, add a little bit more milk.

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Add half of the batter to the loaf pan. Then cover with half the apples and half of the cinnamon/brown sugar mixture. Then pour in the rest of the batter and top with the remaining apples and then the cinnamon sugar mixture.

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Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean. Cool in pan before transferring to a cooling rack.

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This tea bread is perfect for afternoon tea, dessert, or even breakfast. It compliments many different types of tea and has all of the wonderful warming fall spices. I hope you enjoy!

 

A Taste of Autumn Teas

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Dearies, autumn is slowly approaching with crisp earthy breezes and crunchy fall leaves. It is Kat’s favorite time of year! She loves the vibrant colors of falling leaves, and looks forward to the season of apple picking and family gatherings. She enjoys warming up with teas that evoke images of a cuddly warm fire, and baking warm pumpkin pie. She looks for teas that have cranberry, orange, cinnamon, and ginger to enhance autumn flavors.

Her favorite teas of the season are those that are spicy, warming, and cozy. She loves to bake with spices such as nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon, and chooses teas that pair perfectly with this combination. She often will have friends over for a festive fall tea, and serve pumpkin bread along with this HEB Harmony Cranberry Blood Orange tea. A friend first served this tea after a long hike among the crimson leaves, and she couldn’t believe how it enhanced the fall experience. A warm sip of this tea after hiking in the chilly breeze was the perfect way to end the day. The tart cranberry and juicy hints of orange pair perfectly with just about any autumn-spiced snack. You’ll hear the leaves crackling under your feet after just one sip! You can even add a stick of cinnamon to this tea for a sweet and spicy treat.

Another tea she enjoys for more of an unexpected autumn delight is HEB My Cup of Balance Superberry Green tea. Kat picked this tea up a few weeks ago for the blueberry flavor, to pair with breakfast muffins. After tasting it, she was happily surprised by the zesty cranberry essence. Her breakfast-mates were impressed with the strong tangy flavor that holds up to the sweet blueberries. It has become her fall go-to green tea for the sweet and tart berry flavor. The blue and red colors mixed within the green leaves have a festive fall feel. She loves steeping this tea for friends because the cranberry aroma fills the kitchen. It smells just like late autumn family feasts.

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You can use any of these fall flavored teas at your next festive gathering, or even take it with you for a post-hike treat. Kat often has her trusty thermos filled with one of these teas to enjoy during a long autumn day filled with outdoor activities.

So cuddle up under a blanket, sip tea, and watch the leaves slowly dance in the wind! What are your favorite fall flavors? Do you pick teas to match them?