Craving for something sweet and healthy that goes super well with tea?
From the official Prana Chai cookbook, here is a tried and tested recipe that you'll love!
2 tablespoons of Prana Chai, Masala Blend
200ml of milk
2 cups of self-raising our
1 cup of brown sugar
- 100ml of olive oil
- 200g of diced poached or tinned apples
- 15g / 1 tablespoon of butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon of raw sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Place muffin liners in a muffin tin.
In a small saucepan, place the Prana Chai and the milk.Slowly bring to a boil then turn off the heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes before straining. Set aside to allow to cool (about 5 minutes).
In a large bowl, mix the flour and brown sugar.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil and strained milk.
Stir the egg mixture into the flour, mix gently, then fold through the apples.
Pour the mixture into the muffin cases, lining them to about 3⁄4 full.
Place it in the oven and bake for 20–25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter. Combine the sugar and cinnamon then sprinkle on top of muffin while still warm.
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When we think of Chinese New Year ("CNY") traditions the first thoughts that come to mind is probably giving out and / or receiving red packets 红包 or indulging in all the festive snacks e.g. Pineapple Tarts and Bak Kwa.
What you may not know is that tea is also present in many CNY traditions.
For example, on the first day of the traditional CNY celebrations, guests are welcomed with tea and sweet fruits and treats to sweeten the upcoming year. It is not unusual for the treats to be arranged in eight units for each tray (for auspicious reasons).
In China, every region has different traditions when it comes to how teas play a part in the New Year celebrations. One of the popular practices is to brew up premium pure tea and serving it to the oldest member of the family who then passes it on to the younger members. Pu'erh and Tie Guan Yin are often chosen for this ceremony and passed around with a tray of sweets, called "the box of prosperity".
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Another example is found in Southern China where guests are usually welcomed with three cups of tea.
Each cup has a meaning:
First cup is sweet to bring "sweetness" in the near year;
Second cup is a smoked bean tea, a blend of tea leaves, shredded carrots, orange peels, perilla seeds and sesame seeds. It's said to wish "harmony"; and
Final cup is instead a cup of simple green tea, offered after a meal to conclude the tea ceremony.
Have you heard of any other tea tradition? Do share them with us.
Gong Xi Fa Cai wishing you and your families a very happy and prosperous Chinese New Year!
Pure teas refer to any tea that comes from only one tea estate or garden. Also known as single-estate teas.
In the words of Mary Lou & Robert J. Heiss, “Single-estate teas are the “single-malt Scotches” of the tea world – unblended.”
For those of us who have been around in the world of tea recently, we have taken note that the pure tea (a.k.a single-estate tea) movement is spreading fast in Singapore.
How Is Pure Tea Different?
Pure tea (a.k.a single-estate tea) is different from blended tea (e.g. Earl Grey / Breakfast Tea) because pure tea leaves come from only one tea estate or garden while blended teas is a combination of various teas, flowers, herbs and spices. For pure teas, there is nothing added to the leaves and you get to enjoy everything that it has to offer, without the flavours of other “mix-ins” interfering, like as in a blended tea.
Now, if you’re wondering which is better: pure tea or blended tea, the answer comes down to preference. Think of it this way: blended tea is like a good mixed drink or for some, a good cocktail. You get to enjoy the flavours of various teas, flowers, herbs and spices in one, and they combine to create flavour notes that you might not be able to enjoy when drinking a beverage created with just one ingredient.
On the other hand, pure tea (a.k.a single-estate tea) is a pure experience (hence the name), experience the most natural and unique flavours created by each tea estate. Pure teas are also sometimes marked with the name of the teas estate on which they were grown (e.g. Assam Dejoo), allowing you to dig a little deeper to understand and learn about the history of the tea and its growing region.
The Benefits of Pure Tea
Pure tea has many benefits, so there’s no excuse to not add in a cup of tea to your daily regime. To name just a few:
- Exercise: When consuming tea, studies have found that participants have increased endurance during exercise and have an improved ability to burn fat!
- Heart: It's been shown in studies that drinking tea regularly can reduce the risk of heart attacks.
- Antioxidants: Studies and research have shown that antioxidants in tea could help prevent many different kinds of cancers and other body issues.
- Free Radicals: According to studies, tea helps fight free radicals, which lead to quicker ageing and damage to your DNA.
- Hydration: Obviously, tea is a great way to get hydrated any time of day and take in a little more water.
- Parkinson’s: Studies have shown that regular tea drinkers are thought to have a reduced risk of Parkinson’s Disease.
- UV Protection: Studies have shown that it could be possible for certain things in tea to help protect your skin from UV rays.
- Diabetes: According to research, tea is possible beneficial to those with Type 2 Diabetes, suggesting that compounds in tea can help them process sugars better.
- Bones: Tea has been found in studies that drinking tea does improve bone strength and mineral density, leading to better bone health!