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How to Brew a Better Cup of Tea

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Tea, the aromatic beverage steeped in history and tradition, comes in a vast array of varieties, each with its unique flavor profile and benefits. A treasure trove of flavors, aromas, and health benefits, you can enjoy the experience of a great cup of tea no matter what kind you prefer. Whether it is the crispness of green tea, the robustness of black tea, or the soothing infusion of herbal tea, each variety has something remarkable to offer.

For some, the grassy flavor of straight green tea or the general earthiness of tea doesn’t quite make the mark. That’s when it’s time to get creative with mixing custom blends that incorporate exotic flavours to suit every palate without losing any of the anti-aging and disease-fighting benefits of all the vitamins, antioxidants, and polyphenols such as Resveratrol, in these teas.

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A Primer on Tea Varietals


Tea is a fascinating plant. Did you know that all types of tea come from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis? So why does tea have all these different names, primarily green, black, oolong, white, you may wonder? Well, what makes each type of tea different comes down to how the leaves are processed after it’s harvested and the level of oxidation which occurs when picked leaves are exposed to air, which impacts its flavor and aroma when packed. Each tea type or varietal offers a unique flavour profile with associated health benefits.

Once all that growing, harvesting, and preparation has been done, it’s over to you to brew it and obtain the maximum benefits and enjoyment from the tea. For this the temperature of your water is crucial. If the water is too hot for a certain type of tea, it can effectively burn the leaves, which will make your tea attain a bitter taste. Another factor that’s important to keep an eye on is how long you steep your tea in hot water. Steeping tea too long can also result in bitterness and not long enough will give you tea that hasn’t had the time to release all its goodness, resulting in a cup of team that is bland and underwhelming.


The Teas



Green Tea


Green tea retains its vibrant green hue because it doesn’t undergo an oxidation process. The tea leaves are plucked and left to wither for only a few hours before further preparation to get them ready for packaging. Renowned for its delicate, almost sweet flavour, green tea is celebrated for its rich antioxidants and catechins, essentials in anti-aging and disease-fighting.

Steep at around 160-180°F (71-82°C) for 2-3 minutes.


Black Tea


Black teas are dark and well, black, because they are fully oxidised. The tea leaves are picked and exposed to heat for several hours, making them lose their water content. Bold, robust, and full-bodied, black tea is a classic choice packed with powerful antioxidants – theaflavins and thearubigins – for heart health. Its moderate caffeine offers a gentle energy boost.

Steep at approximately 200-212°F (93-100°C) for 3-5 minutes.


White Tea


White tea is made from young tea shoots that are handpicked when the silvery white hairs are still attached to the tea leaves. They are the least processed of all teas and offer a delicate and light flavour and colour. With abundant polyphenols, white tea packs a punch when it comes to antioxidant power, potentially enhancing immune function, supporting healthy skin, and aiding in oral health.

Steep at approximately 160-180°F (71-82°C) for 2-3 minutes.


Oolong Tea


Oolong tea is unique, striking a balance between the richness of black tea and the freshness of green tea. Oolong tea picking consists of the top bud and only two or three leaves from each plant. These are sun-dried first and then dried some more indoors to promote oxidation. Known for its potential to aid digestion, boost metabolism, and support healthy brain function, oolong tea serves as a delightful companion throughout the day.

Steep at around 180-200°F (82-93°C) for 3-5 minutes.


Herbal Tea


Delectable and caffeine-free, herbal teas encompass a vast range of infusions made from herbs, flowers, fruits, and spices. Technically, herbal teas aren’t teas as they don’t originate from the Camellia Sinensis plant, but they can be steeped like teas and offer a host of health benefits. From calming chamomile to invigorating peppermint, each variety offers its unique therapeutic properties that may aid in relaxation, digestion, immune support, and overall wellness.

Steep at around 200°F (93°C) for 5-7 minutes.


Matcha tea


Matcha is the pulverised version of green tea leaves and contains a stronger concentration of some key nutrients and antioxidants. Rich in catechins, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), matcha has cancer-fighting properties and ability to combat oxidative stress. Known to skip the jitters often associated with caffeine due to the unique combination of caffeine and L-theanine promoting a calm and relaxed state of mind.

Steep at around 160-175°F (70-80°C).


Quali-Tea Selection


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Named for Charles, the 2nd Earl Grey & British Prime Minister (1830-1834), this tea contains Bergamot, a citrus fruit native to southern Italy.

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Lime Punch Loose Tea

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The richest classes of Chinese society had access to this green tea, which was also highly expensive to buy until the 14th century.

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Hand-picked, dried, and powdered, it’s made from high-quality organic tea leaves grown in the shade to increase chlorophyll and amino acid content.


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Applelicious Delights: Top 3 Irresistible Desserts

Sweet Apple Bliss

When it comes to desserts, apples are a versatile and delicious ingredient that can be used in various ways. From classic apple pies to unique and creative treats, there’s no shortage of apple desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. These top 3 irresistible apple desserts are sure to become your new favourites.

Classic Apple Pie

This timeless dessert is a staple in many households around Dubai. The flaky crust, warm apple filling, and aromatic spices make this a winner.

Serving Size:
4 – 6
Time:
1 Hour
Difficulty:
Medium

To make a classic apple pie, you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 6-7 medium-sized apples (Granny Smith or Honeycrisp work well)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 9-inch pie crust (homemade or store-bought)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Peel, core, and slice the apples into thin wedges.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Add the sliced apples to the bowl and toss until they are evenly coated with the sugar mixture.
  5. Roll out the pie crust and place it in a 9-inch pie dish.
  6. Pour the apple mixture into the pie crust and dot the top with small pieces of butter.
  7. Roll out the second pie crust and place it on top of the apples. Crimp the edges to seal the pie.
  8. Cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.
  9. Brush the top of the pie with the beaten egg.
  10. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
  11. Let the pie cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

We urge you to try these caramel apple cheesecake bars. The combination of creamy cheesecake, tart apples, and gooey caramel is a match made in dessert heaven. Perfect for a party, a celebration or just for a picnic, and they’re sure to pull on the heart strings of your loved ones.

Serving Size:
4
Time:
50 Min
Difficulty:
Medium

To make caramel apple cheesecake bars, you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 medium-sized apples, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth.
  5. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, and beat until well combined.
  6. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the graham cracker crust.
  7. Sprinkle the diced apples over the top of the cream cheese mixture.
  8. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the apples.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the centre is set.
  10. Let the bars cool before slicing and serving.

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

If you love to experiment I’m the kitchen, it’s time you tried these baked apple cider doughnuts. These doughnuts are moist, flavourful, and have a subtle apple cider taste that will leave you wanting more. Plus, they’re baked instead of fried, making them a healthier option for your kids, coworkers or friends!

Serving Size:
4
Time:
30 Min
Difficulty:
Easy

To make baked apple cider doughnuts, you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the apple cider, melted butter, Greek yoghurt, egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into a greased doughnut pan, filling each mould about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Let the doughnuts cool before removing them from the pan.
  8. Optional: Dip the top of the doughnuts in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar for added flavour.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Classic Apple Pie a timeless favourite, and are there any variations to enhance its flavour profile?

Classic Apple Pie is beloved for its comforting blend of sweet and tart apples encased in a flaky crust. The timeless recipe provides insights into creative variations, ensuring your apple pie experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

How do Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars combine the richness of cheesecake with the sweet crunch of caramelized apples, and can they be customized for dietary preferences?

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars offer a decadent fusion of creamy cheesecake and luscious caramelized apples. The delightful marriage of flavours can be achieved by substituting sugar with Our Allulose Sweetener to accommodate your dietary preference, ensuring everyone can indulge in this heavenly treat. Our Allulose Sweetener is a non-GMO corn-based natural sweetener. It tastes just like sugar, with a clean and moderate sweetness and no aftertaste. Because Allulose is not digested by the body, it has extremely few calories and has no effect on blood sugar levels. Allulose offers roughly 70% of the sweetness and intensity of sugar without any of the health hazards. As a result, it is becoming more common as a sweetener in food and beverages. Allulose has the remarkable feature of browning like sugar, making it the preferred sugar alternative for baking. Allulose has been demonstrated in studies to lower blood sugar and insulin levels, as well as aid in weight loss.

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