Tea is in fashion again. In fact, after a period in which coffee consumption has gained a very significant expression, tea has returned to its prime and it seems that this trend not only came to stay, but everything indicates that it will grow even more because drinking tea has never been so fashionable as nowadays.
However, drinking tea does not necessarily have to be a "solitary" experience as you can perfectly accompany a cup of tea with a good and generous slice of cake.
In fact, history tells us that cakes and tea have always complemented each other very well. Even members of the most notorious european courts did not give up a good slice of cake at tea time.
In this article we present some of the cakes that go very well with tea. They are quick and easy to prepare because they take few ingredients. However, despite their simplicity, they´re truly delicious, and can be consumed at any time of the day, cold or even still hot.
In Portugal, this is clearly one of the cakes of choice for all those who like to accompany a cup of their favorite tea with a delicious and textured slice of cake.
The good news is that this orange delight is really very easy to make so is within reach of the most amateur of cooks.
In fact, this cake goes well with any type of tea so feel free to choose your favorite tea or infusion when enjoying a good slice of moist orange cake.
1. Add the egg yolks with the sugar in an electric mixer and mix until a creamy mixture is obtained
2. Stir the egg whites
3. Add the flour, yeast, orange zest and orange juice and finally the egg whites
4. Grease a cake pan with margarine and sprinkle it with flour and pour the dough
5. Bake in a preheated oven at 180º celsius for about 20 minutes
In a saucepan, bring the orange juice with the sugar to the heat until the sugar disappears completely.
Important: With a toothpick, make holes in the cake while it is still hot and drizzle with the syrup. This way it will accentuate the cake's orange flavor and moisture.
Do you like almonds? If so, then the almond cake, if you have never tried it before, will certainly exceed your expectations as it is absolutely delicious and a true old friend of tea.
In fact, almond cake was one of the favorites of the portuguese royal court to accompany with a good cup of black tea.
The best tea to accompany a good slice of this cake is clearly Broken Leaf black tea or black tea with bergamot commonly known as Earl Gray.
If you prefer more exotic experiences then Hysson Green tea & Azorean Pineapple & Ceylon Cinnamon is unquestionably the right choice.
Below we explain how you can prepare this delicious cake.
Number of servings: 4
Butter, flour, 1 tablespoon of bitter almond
1. Turn on the oven at 180ºC
2. Grease a pan with butter and sprinkle it with flour
3. Mix the sugar well with the softened butter, add the egg yolks and stir some more and then add the almond
4. Add the flour with the yeast and the spoons of milk and bitter almonds
5. Stir the egg whites and wrap them in the preparation
6. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 40 minutes
7. Remove the cake and unmold it warm
Olive oil, honey and cinnamon cake
For those who like different things, the olive oil, honey and cinnamon cake is an awesome choice.
It's quite understandable that, due to its name and ingredients, most people's first reaction to this cake is of some strangeness. However, after tasting this exotic cake, they quickly surrender to its charms and it often becomes part of their list of favorite cakes.
To make the experience even more memorable and exotic, accompany this gastronomic wonder with a good green or black tea, hot or even cold (Ice tea).
If you accept a suggestion, then try to accompany this cake with Green Tea & Pennyroyal and take the tasting experience to another level.
1. Stir the eggs with the sugar, until a soft dough is obtained
2. Add the oil and milk, wrapping well. Sift the flour with the yeast and cinnamon, gently wrapping until well connected
3. Add the nuts and honey and wrap
4. Grease a pan with olive oil, sprinkle with flour and pour the dough
5. Place in a preheated oven at 180ºC for 35 minutes
Azorean Banana Cake
Do you like banana? If so, the banana cake from the Azores will surely be a very pleasant surprise. Unlike all other species, azorean banana, given its very own characteristics, gives the banana cake a unique flavor and texture.
In the Azores, especially in the islands of São Miguel and Terceira, the banana cake has long been part of the local cuisine. Its moist and full-bodied texture, its striking color and its sharp smell make this cake an obligatory presence, whether on party days or any other occasion.
If you want to be more daring, try to prepare this cake not with conventional azorean bananas but with silver-banana or apple-banana (also planted in the Azores) and get ready for a very different experience.
This cake goes very well with any type of tea or infusion. However, green tea & jasmine is clearly a good choice to accompany this pearl of popular Azorean cuisine.
1. Mix the milk, oil, sugar and eggs in a blender until everything is smooth and creamy
2. Add the bananas and stir until lightly crushed
3. Sift the wheat flour, MAIZENA® and yeast, transfer to a bowl and gradually add the mixture until you get a creamy, consistent and homogeneous dough
4. Place the dough in a round shape with a central hole (20 cm in diameter) greased and floured, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and bake in a preheated oven at medium temperature (180 ° C) for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean after being stuck in the dough.
5. Wait to warm and unmold the cake.
This cake of smooth consistency and strong flavor is perhaps one of the most appreciated by true fans of the Azorean sweet gastronomy.
Although it's a cake more oftenly consumed in the winter season, there are however those who find it irresistible all year round. In fact, homemade walnut cake is an irresistible dessert whatever the season, which is why it is one of the most popular cakes by the Azoreans, especially on the island of São Miguel and Faial.
For those who prefer green tea, then the most suitable tea to accompany the nut cake is unquestionably Encosta de Bruma, a tea produced exclusively from the terminal bud and the first leaf of the tea plant.
For those who prefer black tea, Orange Pekoe or Broken Leaf are both excellent choices to accompany this ex libris of Azorean desserts.
1. Preheat the oven to 180º C
2. Place the eggs and flour in an electric mixer and mix lightly
3. Add sugar and yeast and continue to stir until the dough starts to bubble
4. Add the chopped nuts, reserving some to decorate the cake after it is cooked
5. Bake in oven 30 minutes at 180º C, in a round shape lined with parchment paper
6. Remove from oven, unmold and let cool
7. Decorate with the remaining nuts before serving
If there is a cake that normally appeals to everyone, it is clearly the caramel cake that, despite being more consumed in winter time, has been gaining loyal fans during the rest of the year.
Be honest; when you look up from a table full of desserts which cake often stands out? The caramel cake, right? Well then, this is one of the desserts whose appearance does full justice to its flavor, which is why the caramel cake is almost always the first to "disappear" from among all the desserts displayed on a table at a social or family event.
However, it is a moist and heavy cake which is why the most suitable tea to serve with caramel cake is Orange Pekoe black tea or Hysson green tea & Lemon Grass.
1. Grease with a grease spray and sprinkle with flour a 25 cm diameter dish. Reserve
2. For the dough, mix the butter with the sugar, until you no longer feel the granules
3. Add the eggs, one by one, and the egg yolk, stirring well between each addition. Add the flour and, finally, the caramel
4. Pour the dough into the pan and bake at 180 ° C for about 45 minutes
5. Remove after cooking, let cool well and unmold
6. With a serrated knife, trim the cake around and place it on a serving plate
7. For the topping, take the condensed milk with the caramel and the oil to the fire, always stirring with a wire stick, without lifting them from the bottom
8. Remove from heat and pour over the cake
9. Let cool and decorate with halves of the walnut kernels
São Miguel Pineapple cake
We could not finish this yummy article without mentioning a cake that is a true symbol of Azorean sweet gastronomy; The pineapple cake of São Miguel Island. Moist and consistent, this cake is absolutely delicious, which is why those who taste it immediately surrender to its charms.
Very different from other species of pineapple, the azorean pineapple from the island of São Miguel gives this cake unique characteristics, making it one of the most appreciated cakes of the island´s gastronomic menu.
The most suitable tea to join this exotic and tropical delight is without a doubt the Hysson green tea & pineapple from the Azores.
To line the form / base
For the cake
1. Start by making the caramel: Add the sugar and water and let it simmer on low heat, until it becomes caramelized
2. To make the liquid part of the dough, add - in a bowl - the three whole eggs and stir them
3. Add the milk and the melted butter
4. In another bowl, add wheat flour, sugar and mix well
5. Add the liquid prepared previously (in the first bowl) to the solid part (flour and sugar) and stir well
6. In a circular cooking shape, add the caramel previously made
7. Place the pineapple slices on the bottom of the pan, arrange in a way to fill the bottom
8. Put the dough in the pan and bake at 180ºC for 1 hour
And so we conclude this article, whose purpose was to present the stars of the Azorean sweet gastronomy that go very well with a good cup of tea.
Don't wait any longer, buy the necessary ingredients and exercise your cooking skills by making one of these delicacies that will definitely bring a smile to your face.