I know what you’re thinking, “hot chocolate in August?” But here me out! Before you know it, Autumn will be here, we’ll be pulling out our oversized sweaters, slipping on a pair of boots, and grabbing for the first hot drink we can find. I’m not one to wish away summer, but the nights are growing colder and I can practically hear the leaves crunching under my feet.

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The making of this sorbet was a process. However, don’t be scared off from making it; everything that happened was completely on my end. First off, when thinking of a recipe I could make using Bramble Ramble from Bluebird Tea Co., I had the brilliant idea of making ice cream! What’s better than homemade ice cream? Only problem was that I don’t actually own an ice cream maker. A quick text to my mom and I found out that my aunt has one I could borrow. Okay great, I got past the first hurdle.

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When I was a child I hated carrot cake. The mere thought of vegetables in my cake was enough to make me violently shake my head no when someone asked if I would like a piece. Where was the chocolate cake with the chocolate frosting?! Boy was I missing out! I wish I could go back and tell myself to try a piece when it was served at grandma’s birthday every year. Think of all the cake I missed out on! Well, now I fully understand the appeal of carrot cake and even welcome vegetables into my baked goods (zucchini bread is another delicacy that I should’ve tried much sooner than I did). I’ve whipped up some carrot cake cupcakes just in time for Easter, and they’re too delicious and adorable not to post on the blog.

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Cranberry Orange Scones

About a month ago I became a representative for the Bluebird Tea Company based out of Brighton, England. Part of my duty as a rep is to create at least one recipe per month using some of the tea I’ve been sent. After assessing the teas that came in the welcome box, and mulling around ideas in my head, I decided to bake some sort of scone. Nothing screams England, or pairs better with tea, than scones, right? I will be completely honest, before baking these I had never baked a scone in my life. No better time than the present!

Bluebird Tea Co

The first tea I thought of using was the Bears Like Marmalade loose tea; it has an amazing floral, orange flavor that is so refreshing. However I wasn’t content with using just one tea, I wanted more! After trying Purple Rain I knew I had to incorporate it in the scones somehow; the gorgeous purple tea is too pretty not to use. That’s when the idea of a glaze occurred to me, because apparently creating my own scone recipe and then baking them for the first time just wasn’t enough. Both teas are part of Bluebird’s spring collection which goes on sale this Sunday, March 12.

Loose tea

Now, baking with tea can be a tricky task. Simply including the tea leaves in the batter or dough won’t release the flavors of the tea, plus no one likes chunks of dry leaves in their food. Steeping the tea in milk works somewhat, but usually if a recipe calls for milk it’s not a lot. So, infusing unsalted butter with the tea is the best option. As fancy as it may sound, it’s actually quite simple. Melt however much better you need for the recipe and then add in the loose tea without any tea ball or bag. Once it’s steeped for 5-10 minutes strain the butter through a fine sieve and discard the tea leaves. Then, depending on the recipe, let the butter solidify or use it in the melted form.

Bluebird Tea Company Loose Tea
Bears Like Marmalade tea; how gorgeous is that color?!

The glaze uses the same sort of method. Using a double broiler (or two pots and some water) all of the ingredients are combined to create a hot, liquid glaze, and then the Purple Rain tea is steeped for 8-10 minutes. Once it’s done steeping, the mixture is strained through the sieve and the tea leaves can be discarded.

Cranberry Orange Scones

The scones are definitely a bit time consuming, but trust me when I say they are so worth it. The combination of teas make the scones so lovely, plus they’re beautiful to look at! If you’d like to try this recipe out, and I really hope you do, head over to Bluebird’s website and use the code WLBTEABIRD20 to get 20% off your purchase at checkout.

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe

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M&M Chocolate Chip Cookie

I love cookies, and I love finding a recipe that makes the perfect cookie even more. There are so many variations of cookies which makes them so much fun to make. These loaded chocolate chip cookies are the perfect soft batch cookie, and everyone who’s tried one has told me how delicious they are. They’re pretty simple to make, and as long as you don’t over bake them, they come out perfectly every time.

M&M Chocolate Chip Cookie
How good does that dough look?

On top of using vanilla extract, this recipe also uses dry vanilla pudding mix to add another layer of flavor. The cookies will continue to bake once you take them out of the oven so don’t worry if they don’t appear to be done; take them out anyways. These cookies are meant to be soft, not rock hard. It’s also important to fold in the M&M’s; an electric mixer will crush them.

Happy Friday and happy baking!

With Love,

Audrey
M&M Chocolate Chip Cookie

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and there’s nothing I love more than chocolate covered Strawberries! They’re simple to make, delicious, and kind of healthy… (the fruit has to count for something, right?) Last year Luke made me about 2 dozen strawberries and it was the best gift ever. I’m a simple girl to please! If you’re low on money, or just know your significant other would love food for Valentine’s Day (who wouldn’t?), then strawberries are a perfect option.

You can get fancy and melt your preferred chocolate using a double broiler, but I simply bought some dark and white chocolate specifically for dipping fruit in and heated it according to the directions. You can even jazz your strawberries up with sprinkles, crushed cookies, mini chocolate chips, because more chocolate is always better, or melted caramel. The possibilities are endless. I stuck to just using chocolate, but after writing that last sentence out I really wish I had experimented more!

 

 

Now, Luke is away at school so I may have just eaten all the strawberries and not bothered to wrap them up, but there are plenty of ways to package these little guys up! A box lined with parchment paper and tied with a bow is a cute option. You can also put them on a Valentine’s Day themed plate and then wrap the plate in cellophane and a bow. Play around with it a little and see what you like best.

I hope this post gave you some inspiration for a sweet little Valentine’s Day gift. Even if they’re in addition to a gift you already bought for your significant other, everyone loves food 😉 I’m going to go eat the rest of my strawberries now, happy Valentine’s Day!

Thanks for reading,

Audrey Knizek