Tea of the Week for October 22, 2018: Cauldron Cake Genmaicha!
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Cauldron Cake Genmaicha!
Tea Description: Our fifth and final new tea for Harry Potter Month 2018! When I was going through my ideas for Harry Potter inspired teas, this one was at the top of the list because CAKE! Originally, I had considered doing this one as a black tea, however, I already had two black teas planned for the month so I decided to rethink the blend and create this as a Genmaicha blend instead.
Now, I haven't ever had a Cauldron Cake, but the Harry Potter Wiki describes them as a mass-produced cake from Qizilbash Quality Confectionery in Pakistan. I confess that I'm not at all familiar with confections from Pakistan either. So when I went about creating this tea, I decided that a cauldron cake is probably a lot like a cupcake - only probably a bit more rounded at the bottom like a cauldron.
So I did my best to go with that kind of inspiration: a chocolate cupcake ... err ... cauldron cake with a cream filling and perhaps a light coating of chocolate ganache over it and then garnished with colorful sprinkles. And here we have our organic, Matcha infused Genmaicha blended with cake essence, cacao nibs, cacao shells, vanilla bean, white chocolate chips (vegan, of course) and sprinkles (also vegan, nut-free & gluten-free!)
It's quite yummy and I believe that Honeyduke's would be happy to serve this tea to their patrons!
ingredients: sprinkles (sugar, potato starch, maltodextrin, coconut oil, colors derived from vegetables, spirulina), white chocolate chips (sugar, palm oil, soy flour, emulsifiers, soy lecithin, cocoa butter, salt, flavors, vanillin)
organic ingredients: green teas, toasted/popped rice, cacao nibs, cacao shells, vanilla bean & natural flavors
I'm sitting here, wondering why I didn't think to have a themed month sooner. The fact is that I thought about it a LOT when we first took over 52Teas - but I decided that would be too stressful for me to come up with themes every month and try to get every tea that I craft to fit within a theme. I worried that at some point it would not only be wearisome but also seem a bit contrived. Instead, I decided to section off my tea ideas into seasons, and try my best to keep the teas fitting within the season within which they're made --- and sometimes, I'm successful at this, and other times, not so much.
I'm glad I finally came to the realization that I don't have to do a themed month EVERY month. I could do one every quarter - and keep things fresh and fun.
But anyway . . . this tea! This tea is so good! I know I say that a lot. Pretty much with every tea I write about here on this blog. But as I've said before - I won't try to sell you a tea that I don't actually love myself - so you probably WON'T see me writing about a tea that I don't enjoy here. Certainly, I enjoy some more than others - but I do enjoy all the teas that make it onto our website. And yes, there are some that do not make it onto the website because I didn't like them. It happens. It's not a failsafe thing - and occasionally a flavor just doesn't work.
Fortunately this one does. It's sweet, cake-like & chocolate-y. There's a creaminess to this that reminds me a lot of a cream filling inside a TastyKake. But even better because TEA!
to brew: you'll want to give your pouch a gentle shake or two before you open it to ensure that the ingredients are well-mixed. Going by weight, you'll want to use 3g of tea to 12 ounces of hot water but you'll also want to make sure that there's not an abundance of white chocolate chips in the measurement as this will throw the balance of flavors off. I would keep just 1 white chocolate chip in the measurement and put the rest back in the pouch. (Water heated to 175°F.) If you're going by teaspoon, use a slightly rounded teaspoon of tea to 12 ounces of 175°F water - again, make sure that there's only 1 white chocolate chip in the measurement so that you don't get too much of that and not enough tea/cacao shells and nibs in the measurement.
Steep for 2 minutes. Strain and allow to cool a bit - about 5 minutes - before you start sipping. There is plenty of sweetness to this already so I'd try it before you start adding additions to it. It's quite good on it's own.