It occurs to me that we (okay, especially me) spend a lot of time talking about green tea, herbal tea, Earl Grey tea, and the health benefits of these teas and others. I think it’s time we spend a little time talking about the Lady.
Lady Grey Tea, first produced by Twinings in the 1990s, is actually a variation on their uber-popular (and amazing) Earl Grey. Earl Grey is very much a strong tea, while Lady Grey is a slightly softer, more subtle version. It’s also a a black tea, scented with orange and lemon peel, citrus flavoring, and oil of bergamot. It’s usually considered a breakfast or afternoon tea by “professionals” (although I say drink it whenever the heck you want to), and it’s often described as “zesty” and “vibrant”. Not to mention it smells pretty awesome.
Lady Grey is available from Twinings in tea bag or loose leaf form, although for those living in the US, it’s a lot harder to find the loose-leaf form. Go figure.
One more thing. And this made me very, very happy. Apparently the Twinings website has recipes for entrees, desserts, etc. made with their teas. Here’s their recipe for – wait for it – Lady Grey Cookies.
Twinings Lady Grey Cookies
Makes approximately 16 cookies.
1/4 Lb (4oz stick) Butter
1/2 cup (4oz) Sugar
4 Tbsp (1/4 cup) water
4 Lady Grey teabags
One Large Egg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Lemon zest (grated lemon peel)
Mix (by creaming) Butter and Sugar until light in color.
Blend in egg and zest until completely incorporated.
Add Lady Grey concentrate: Place the Lady Grey teabags in a teacup and cover with a 1/4 cup of water, freshly heated to the boil. Brew for 3 minutes, remove teabags; remaining tea concentrate should equal about 1 Tablespoon. If not, squeeze a little more out of teabags.
Add flour gradually until dough is formed.
Cover and refrigerate 6 to 12 hours.
Work cold dough (on a floured board or pastry cloth) shaping into a long 1 1/2 inch diameter stick of dough. Slice into 1/2 inch thick pieces.
Place pieces on a clean cookie sheet pan.
Bake at 350° F for 12 to 15 minutes until lightly browned.
Remove from oven, and let cool.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar.