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10 Surprising Things to Do with Tea

Steep it, stir it, sip it -- forget everything you've ever known about hot tea, and fetch your chef's hat. Because why drink your tea when there are so many other unexpected ways to enjoy the beverage basic? You'll be amazed at how this pantry must-have can be transformed, including tea leaf-studded chocolate, soothing green tea soup, and irresistible chai tea muffins.

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    • Tea, Revisiting

      Put the mug down. That basic tea bag does way more than flavor hot water. Discover just how fun tea time can be with 10 amazing ways to cook with tea.

    • #1: Make Chocolate Bark

      Jaw-dropping homemade candy is as easy as one, two, tea. Just melt a blend of bittersweet and semisweet chocolate, sprinkle with sea salt and herbal tea leaves, then allow the dessert to harden into luxurious chocolate bars. 

    • #2: Flavor Jam or Jelly

      Jam or jelly without jasmine? Absurd! Once you blend herbal tea with the beloved breakfast condiment, you'll wonder why other jelly flavors even exist.

    • #3: Season Sweet Treats

      How do you make a perfect dessert even more irresistible? Infuse it with chai tea, of course. Steeped in hot milk, the tea adds full-bodied flavor to baked goods, including these breakfast cupcakes complete with sugar, spice, and everything nice.

    • #4: Steep a Compote

      Once you steep fresh berries in orange pekoe tea, you'll never go back to eating plain fruit. Orange pekoe is the finest grade of black teas, and it softens the bright berries into a sinfully sweet dessert.

    • #5: Bake a Breakfast Classic

      Forget your morning cuppa, and try a stack of tea-infused waffles instead. The next-level breakfast bread features green tea and ginger. Tea with waffles: good. Tea inside waffles: undeniable.

    • #6: Freeze into Fruit Pops

      Raspberry tea, rose wine, fresh fruit: These boozy freezer pops were practically made for summer brunch. Five ingredients (and a little patience) is all you need for truly divine tea pop-tails. 

    • #7: Frost Cakes and Cookies

      In the battle of tea-infused baking, this vanilla glaze reigns supreme. A little powdered sugar and brewed tea are all you need to frost melt-in-your-mouth cookies, cakes, cinnamon rolls, and more.

    • #8: Serve as Soup

      When the temperature starts to climb, count on this too-cool green tea soup to stop the swelter. Bonus! The summer side dish takes just 25 minutes to prepare.

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      #9: Churn into Ice Cream

      Love green tea but sick of sippin' it? Churn a tablespoon of matcha into homemade ice cream. The creamy frozen dessert proves light and refreshing.

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      #10: Enhance Ordinary Syrup

      You already have a go-to pancake recipe, so why not give your syrup the same TLC? Brown sugar and peach juice blend with chai tea for a thick and bubbly breakfast topping.

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      BONUS! 5 More Ways to Cook with Tea

      • Baked Goods: Use powdered tea as a partial replacement for flour (about 1 teaspoon per cup of flour)
      • Meat: Smoke with tea leaves, marinate with brewed tea, or rub with powdered tea
      • Hard-boiled eggs: Boil eggs in tea instead of water
      • Fish: Stuff with tea leaves before steaming
      • Candy: Infuse Earl Grey tea into ganache for tea chocolate truffles

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