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I think I’ve demonstrated well over the last 10+ years that I’m not a great baker! Sometimes I get lucky and sometimes I end up with burnt offerings. What is consistent is that I always celebrate or deflate with a cup of tea.
Last December, I was helping host a Ladies’ card-making night at the church, and my contribution (against the committee’s better judgment) was to provide refreshments. What a perfect opportunity to showcase some goodies! If I got lucky, that was…
So I baked brownies and decorated them with little white snowflake sprinkles…and then I forgot most of them at home. I also baked shortbread cookies, which I decorated with edible glitter, pink and purple meringue “unicorn poop” kisses, snowy meringue rings, and best of all (because it actually worked), blueberry scones with an Earl Grey glaze.
A glaze is simply a mixture of icing sugar and a liquid of choice thickened to the desired consistency to provide a thin, sweet layer over your confectionary. Sometimes butter, margarine, honey or corn syrup is added to make it thicker or glossier. Vanilla is often added for flavour, but other juices, syrups, extracts or, as in this case, flavoured tea or coffee may also be used. The glaze can be applied thickly or thinly, almost like a syrup, and will dry to varying degrees of stiffness, but harden completely. It’s perfect for things like pound cake, hot cross buns, doughnuts, and scones…when you want to add a little sweetness.
Earl Grey tea is a blend of black tea and oil of bergamot, which is an unmistakable, highly floral aromatic. The oil is extracted from the rind of the citrus fruit grown on bergamot orange trees.
The recipe I had, which I can’t find now, suggested steeping 1-2 bags of Earl Grey tea in a 1/4 cup of boiling water for 5-8 minutes and allowing it to cool before combining with the icing sugar. I also added purple food colouring. It was really simple to make while sounding complicated!
Earl Grey pairs well with bright flavours like lemon or blueberry so this glaze added sweetness and a floral hint to these ordinary blueberry scones. They also looked pretty on the plate!
Tea parties aren’t just for little girls with imaginary friends!