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What’s Your Cup of Tea? Lady Grey Tea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Never mind your cup of tea, what’s my cup of tea? Nothing! I don’t drink tea, I am the worlds worst English person. Yes you read correctly, I don’t drink tea.  I haven’t had a cup of tea since 1983 when my dear old mum swapped my dinky bottle for a grown up cup. Tea just didn’t taste the same in a cup so that was the end of my tea drinking career.

That makes this months Sweet Adventures Blog Hop a little tricky, as the theme is tea.  Thanks to our host JJ at 84th&3rd who is hosting this month and is also an avid tea drinker.  I think this theme is her idea of heaven. 

My first thought was to skip this month, but I’m not one to say no to a challenge, so I set to work on Google. How on earth could I bake with tea?  To my surprise tea is quite commonly used in recipes.  Green tea mainly, but some recipes also contained Earl Grey.

As I should be an avid tea drinker I thought I would give a nod to the Motherland and go with a British tea rather than the Asian variety.  That got me thinking about a good friend of mine.  In my first year at uni I shared a flat with an Italian who was also half English.  She had lived all of her life in Tuscany, and I firmly believed she was more Italian than English, until I discovered her tea drinking habits.  On her return to Italy, of course I had to visit and as with all good guests I had to take a gift to thank the family for their hospitality.  And can you believe what was requested?  I had to fill my case with Lady Grey Tea, from that particular English tea brand that was difficult to find in Italy.

If I was a tea drinker, I’m sure I’d be one of those tea drinkers that dunks bickies in my brew and they would definitely have to be chocolate bickies, which led me to this idea. This post is dedicated to my Italian friend, If I could have a cup of tea with her today I would serve it with Lady Grey tea, chocolate chip cookies.

I have to confess the making of the cookies made me a little queasy.  Although it’s entirely psychological, dunking four tea bags in warm milk is definitely not my cup of tea. Once cooked however, the slight citrus hint in the Lady Grey, and of course the chocolate chips made for rather tasty cookies.

I based this recipe on a couple of Heston Blumenthal recipes.  I reduced the sugar content as I thought they would be a bit sweet, as it happened, they are still quite sweet and next time I would probably reduce it even further.  I also made the chocolate chips as Heston suggested, but next time I don’t think I’d bother.

The recipe said it would make about 20 cookies but at the recommended 40g the cookies were huge, so I reduced the next batch to 30g, they were still too big.  Finally I settled on 20g. With all that experimenting I made 40 cookies from the one batch of dough. Next time I think I might halve the recipe.

Lady Grey Tea Chocolate Chip Cookies (makes at least 40)

100ml pure cream
15g golden syrup
100g dark chocolate (minimum 60% cocoa solids) broken into pieces

100ml whole milk
5 Lady Gray tea bags
400g plain flour
5g baking powder
5g bicarbonate soda
5g salt
180g butter
400g caster sugar
2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
15g vanilla bean paste

To make the chocolate chips (if you are going to, otherwise buy 200g of choc chips) gently heat the cream in a pan and stir in the golden syrup until it has dissolved.  Bring the cream to just under boiling point then remove from the heat and stir through the dark chocolate pieces.

Pour the chocolate mixture onto a baking tray and spread out until it is about 5ml thick.  Allow it to set to room temperature and then freeze until ready to use.  Just before making the cookie dough, remove from the freezer and chop into small chunks.  Keep frozen until ready to use.

Begin by heating the milk in the pan until simmering and infuse 4 Lady Grey teabags for five minutes until the milk turns the colour of tea.  To start the cookie dough, empty the contents of the remaining tea bag into a bowl with the butter and sugar and mix in a stand mixer until creamed together.  Once light and fluffy add the beaten egg gradually so the mixture doesn’t curdle and continue to mix until well combined.  Add the vanilla bean paste and continue to mix until combined.

Remove the tea bags from the milk and pour the milk gradually into the butter and sugar mix. Continue to mix in the stand mixer until well combined.

Sift flour, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl then gradually add to the cookie dough mixture until combined.  Finally, add the chocolate chips and fold through the mixture.

Heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.  Portion the cookie dough mixture into 20g portions, roll into balls and place onto the baking tray.  I baked the cookies in batches of 6 per tray, any more and the cookies will stick together.  Cook in batches for 10-12 minutes. You may need to switch the trays around after 6-8 minutes.  The baking time varied depending on the size of the cookies and how cold the mixture was.  You may need to refrigerate the mixture between batches if it is getting too soft.

Once cooked the cookies will be golden brown.  Place the cookies on a cooling rack to cool.  Once completely cool the cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to five days.



Comment from Miss Piggy
Time May 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm

The biscuits look fantastic…really chewy looking. Nice teapot by the way!

Comment from nic
Time May 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Thanks Miss Piggy. I thought the tea pot and cups made the photos!

Comment from Kyrstie @ A Fresh Legacy
Time May 21, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I am so impressed that you made the chocolate chips yourself, and of course that you made these even though you are not a fan of tea :)

Comment from nic
Time May 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Thanks Kyrstie! I wouldn’t bother making the chic chips again but I’ll try anything once!

Comment from Christina @ The Hungry Australian
Time May 22, 2012 at 12:15 am

Yum!! I love Lady Grey and these cookies sound delicious. I love your photos, too, Nic – you have some fantastic shots here.

Comment from Nic@diningwithastud
Time May 22, 2012 at 10:46 am

Tea cookies to enjoy with tea 😀 genius!! Thanks for joining the hop :)

Comment from Moya
Time May 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I have never made my own chocolate chips before and I think it is a super idea! I drink so much tea I am sure I will end up looking like a tea bag one day… it must be the Irish in me! The cookies look delicious and I love dunking cookies into tea. :)

Comment from Sam
Time May 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I can vouch for the cookies. They were delicious, chewy and just plain yum! Definitely worth the pain of making the milky-tea mix.

Comment from Jennifer (Delicieux)
Time May 23, 2012 at 7:46 am

Your cookies look fantastic Nic! Every cup of tea needs a good cookies and I’d love one of these with my next cup. By the way, love your action shot of tea being poured! What a great capture.

Comment from Flick Your Food
Time May 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Great post especially if your not a tea drinker- cant wait to bake these cookies.

Comment from JJ @ 84thand3rd
Time May 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Heehee you are right – I do love my tea! Great way to integrate the Lady Grey and I can’t believe you made your own choc chips – fab effort!! Glad you didn’t skip this one 😉

Comment from Monica (@gastromony)
Time May 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

Love it! I like the idea that you get a hint of tea with a classic choc chip cookie :))

Comment from karen
Time May 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Actually,its Colin.The photo is super,hope I can take such good pics with my new camera.I only drink Rooibosh(Red Bush)tea now,wonder if you could make some cookies with that?

Comment from Spencer
Time May 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

I like a good biscuit and your one looks great!

Comment from Michelle
Time May 27, 2012 at 10:20 am

Oh, just an adaptation of Heston, as you do! Love it! I have never tried to make cookies, so will have to try your recipe out!

Comment from Sophie (
Time May 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm

The tea pouring shot is fabulous!

Comment from nic
Time May 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Thanks Sophie! But I can’t take all the credit, it was a team effort with Mr. Nic Cooks! My vision, he pressed the button!

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