Always check your tea and make sure it smells fresh and vibrant.
Black teas are graded by their leaf size, which determines the tea’s brewing time. The smallest leaves are used in tea bags because they brew very quickly.
There are a number of black teas from Earl Grey to Darjeeling so buy some taster samples before you buy a pack.
Always store in an airtight container or canister in a cool, dark place to help preserve the original flavour for as long as possible. Tea has a long shelf life if you store it correctly.
75g caster sugar
3 large British Lion eggs, separated
3 tbsp good quality lemon curd
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
Icing sugar to dust
Preheat the oven to 200C/Fan 180C/Gas Mark 6.
Melt the butter, then brush all over the insides of 4 x 150ml ramekin dishes.
Put half a tsp of the caster sugar in each ramekin and shake it about so the butter is coated with sugar. Chill in the fridge.
Separate the eggs putting the yolks in a medium bowl and the whites in a large grease-free bowl. Stir the lemon curd and zest into the yolks.
Place the egg white bowl on a tea towel to stop it slipping about.
Use an electric whisk to whisk the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.
Now use a large spoon to add the sugar a spoonful at a time, whisking well between additions until you have a really thick shiny mixture.
Add a spoonful of the egg whites to the lemon curd mix and stir well.
Tip this mixture into the eggs whites and use a large metal spoon to gently fold the egg whites into the mixture.
Divide the mixture between the chilled ramekins and tap the base of each on the work top.
Smooth the top of each with a spoon, then run your finger around the rim of each making a slight indent around the edge.
Place on a baking tray and bake for 10 mins until risen and golden on top.
Carefully transfer a soufflé onto each plate, then quickly dust with icing sugar and serve.
225g seedless raisins (or other dired fruit)
100g soft brown sugar
1 cup of cold fruit tea
225g self raising flour
½ level teaspoon mixed spice
1 tablespoon chopped nuts
1 x Orange
1 Medium Egg
Preheat oven to 325F 160C Gas 3
Line or grease loaf tin
Grate the rind of the orange
Put the dried fruit and sugar into a large basin
Add the orange rind
Pour over the cold tea and leave overnight or for 12 hours
Gently mix the egg
Add the sifted flour, mixed spice and egg to the mixture
Pour into loaf tin
Bake for 1½ hours
Sprinkle over with your nuts
Leave to cool for 15 minutes before turning out of tin
Cool on wire rack
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