In fact, tea is an ingredient to cook, but few people know this. The majority of us is often acquainted with utilizing tea as drinking. Nonetheless, cooking is seldom known. Tea is various and comes with a lot of flavors (sweet or tart). Even, some are especially aromatic and delicate.

At present, many top hefs in the world are utilizing tea (loose tea or teabags) in order to increase flavor for their recipes. Once you add tea into your recipe – making bread, marinades, or boiling egg…, the texture, flavor, and aroma are raised.

  • Utilizing tea as liquid – instead of using water to boil rice or make soup, you can utilize tea. It sounds strange, but your dish will actually be tasty.
  • Utilizing tea as a spice – the combination of tea leaves with lemon pepper, ginger, honey, or pepper will make your dishes, which have a sweet, spicy flavor. Even, you may also utilize tea to make sauces.
  • Utilizing tea for other purposes – Many chefs use tea for their chicken and steak marinade recipes. Thanks to the tannins ingredient in tea, the beef will quickly soften. In additional to that, tea can also be used for cooking rice, noodles, or stir-fry. Furthermore, some people also add a little tea when grilling.

Aside from these useful uses above, tea has caught plenty of researchers’ eyes in the investment of the nutritious value of tea. And then, they discovered many great health benefits of tea:

+ Anti-cancer: Many studies have shown that tea contains the antioxidant compounds – it has the effect anti-cancer.

+ Anti-heart disease: In fact, green tea has the ability to prevent obesity and bad cholesterol – two factors of diabetes and heart disease. Besides, blood vessel function is significantly improved by tea.

+ Anti-arthritis: According to many studies, tea helps prevent rheumatoid arthritis.

+ Increasing mental awareness: The amino acid L-theanine is found in tea affects the neurotransmitters of the brain and increases the activity of brainwave.

+ Weight-loss: Tea has contained catechin polyphenols – it makes the body produce heat, so it has affected lipolysis.

+ Immune system: As mentioned, the L-theanine component in tea also helps enhance the immune system of your body.

+ Oral health: According to the research from the Illinois University, Chicago, found polyphenols in tea makes the development of the bacteria be inhibited – it minimizes the capacity of dental caries.

And today, I want to introduce a recipe that tea will be one of the ingredients. Let’s see!

Vanilla Chai Tea Cake


For the cake

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 250 milliliters of semi skimmed milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Three vanilla chai teabags
  • 2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 220 grams of caster sugar
  • 380 grams of plain flour
  • Four eggs

For the glaze

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 1 vanilla chai teabag
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 60 milliliters of semi skimmed milk
  • 160 grams skimmed milk


For the cake

  1. Initially, you need to heat milk in your microwave until it nearly boils. Let’s brew the teabags in milk for five minutes after putting it to one side.
  2. Now, you begin preheating your oven up 180 degrees C.
  3. Mixing flour, bundt tin, and butter together.
  4. It continues to mix butter and sugar until it becomes smooth.
  5. After adding the eggs, you will continuously mix until combining.
  6. For the time being, it adds in the vanilla essence.
  7. The next, the dry ingredients need to be sieved and mixed until smooth. Hence, it pours in the brewed tin. You will mix again. It requires that it must fully combine after you use the bundt tin to contain this mixture.
  8. You will bake it for 40 – 45 minutes (as long as when you insert a skewer and pull put clean). Of course, you need to cool for five minutes before turning out a cooling rack.

For the tea glaze

  1. First of all, you also brew the teabag in milk.
  2. The icing sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla essence will be mixed together (more or less is to depend on your need). Let’s whisk until this mixture becomes smooth.
  3. Now, you just need to pour over your cakes.

It hopes that this recipe will bring a delicious, healthy dessert for you. Good succeed!


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