Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tealightful, The Art of Tea Living

While sailing last week on Sea Dream Yacht Club from Istanbul to Athens , I attended a tea tasting.   Surprisingly, it was extremely well attended, and now I know why.

Tea---the healthiest beverage on earth.

People have been exploring tea's benefits 5000 years.  Mental alertness, protection against disease, or renewal of spirit. there are so many reasons to drink tea.

It just depends on the processing. Tea is the second most consumed beverage worldwide playing second fiddle to water.

It is rich it antioxidants , can shield our immune systems, stop infection and even help us shed some pounds.

Of course , what would make tea taste better.  How about Coco Truffle Scones made with Coco Truffle  loose tea.

3 cups unbleached all purpose flour

2 tablespoons baking powder

6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces

6tablespoons sugar

1/2 golden raisins

1cup milk

3 tablespoons Coco Truffle  loose tea

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Warm milk on Stove and add  Coco Truffle tea in an infuser,  let steep about 5 minutes, set aside.   In a medium bowl, stir the flour  and baking  powder together until well blended.   Using a pastry cutter, 2 knives, or your fingers, cut or rub the butter in  until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.   Stir in the sugar and  raisins and mix well.  Quickly stir in the m ilk to make a firm dough.   Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead lightly until smooth .   Roll out to a 3/8 in thickness and cut into 2-on rounds with a pastry cutter.   Place the scones 1 inch apart on  a parchment -lined or greased baking sheet, brush with a little milk, and bake or 15-20 minutes, or lightly golden .   Let cool slightly on a wire rack.   Serve Warm.

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