Tea Wednesdays: Earl Grey

Earl Grey Loose Leaf TeaWhile surfing around TasteSpotting a few days ago, I came across a recipe for these beautiful Earl Grey cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting. (Oh my!)

I tried this recipe and they turned out really good. These were the first cupcakes that I have ever made from scratch, I was wary to start. The lemon buttercream frosting goes really well with the cakes. I also made the frosting from scratch, it began to separate—I think I used too much lemon so be careful when you try this recipe.

Earl Grey CupcakesI’m not sure what the difference between muffins and cupcakes are but to me they seem more like muffins. They were easy to make and prep time was only 15-20 minutes. Give them a try!

Earl Grey tea is one of my favorite teas. The bergamot oil is what makes this tea different from other black teas. Any black tea with bergamot oil added for flavor would be considered an Earl Grey tea. I recently learned that companies will create an Earl Grey to mask the flavor of their cheap black teas (Source).

To me, the smell of this tea is like Froot Loops. The Earl Grey in the photos is Earl Grey Bravo from Adagio.com, it is sooo good and fairly priced. (I have $5 off coupons for Adagio—if anyone would like one, just leave a comment asking for one and I’ll send one your way.)

Earl Grey Loose Leaf TeaAlthough Earl Grey is really good hot, without any sugar or milk, I sometimes like to add both as a treat. It also makes a great, iced refreshment during a summer afternoon.

This tea is great for in the morning and at night. If you haven’t tried any loose-leaf Earl Grey, I urge you to try some. I never realized how much different Earl Grey tasted from English Breakfast tea until I tried loose-leaf versions of both.

3 Replies to “Tea Wednesdays: Earl Grey”

  1. Thanks for this! I am going to make these, blog about them (we shall see if I do a good job) and then try not to eat all of them…

  2. Yes! Fruit Loops! That’s the scent!

  3. […] My first loose-leaf Earl Grey experience was created by Adagio Teas. Their Earl Grey Bravo is a black tea from Sri Lanka, flavored with bergamot oil and mixed with bits of dried bergamot fruit and pretty blue cornflowers. It has a strong flavor. Many people on the website who have reviewed it poorly have complained that the bergamot flavor and smell is just too strong and some dislike the flowery tones that this version of Earl Grey has. […]

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