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We all love a good cup of tea, but have you ever thought to use tea as a cooking ingredient? Just think about tea, in its many varieties (fruity, floral, sweet, earthy) and how it can be used to balance, enhance, or add depth to foods both savoury and sweet. When you shift your thinking from ‘tea is just a beverage’ to ‘tea is a spice’ a world of possibilities opens up. The delicate aromas and flavours of tea can add so much to a dish. Try this Earl Grey French Toast recipe which is full of rich, creamy and fruity flavours - and serve with a freshly brewed pot of The Full English breakfast tea, the perfect way to start your guests day!
To start.. the butterscotch sauce.
Next.. the orange whipped cream.
- Heat the double cream (80°C) and steep the Earl Grey tea bags in the cream for 5 mins. Squeeze the tea bag to extract all the cream and tea.
- Melt the butter and add the brown sugar. Stir in the salt and double cream and simmer till the sauce thickens. Set aside.
And finally... the French toast.
- Whisk all the ingredients together till it forms soft peaks.
- Heat the milk and sugar till boiling and allow the tea bags to steep in the mixture for 5 mins.
- Slice the brioche into approx. 8 thick slices (2 slices per person).
- Whisk the eggs and milk together. Dip each slice of bread on both sides in the milk mixture for 30 seconds each side.
- Heat the frying pan over medium heat. Add the butter and oil and allow that to warm before frying the slices for 2-3 minutes each side or until slightly golden.
Serve the French toast with the whipped cream, orange slices, blueberries and Earl Grey butterscotch sauce with a freshly brewed pot of Twinings The Full English breakfast blend- the perfect pairing to start your guests day.
: ensure the pan is hot but not too hot otherwise you'll get slightly charred bits on the french toast instead of nice and golden. Test this by frying a small cube of bread that has been dunked in french toast batter.