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Recipe: Lemon & Poppyseed teacakes

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For Mother’s Day this weekend (in the UK), why not treat your mum to some home-baked treats to enjoy with a nice pot of a tea.

We love this recipe for Lemon & Poppyseed tea cakes shared by Lindsey on her blog Burn Me Not

Ingredients
Makes 6 teacakes
2/3 cup cake flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
4 tbsp (1/2 a stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar, divided
2 large eggs, separated
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 tbsp poppy seeds
1/4 cup buttermilk

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C. Spray 6 standard muffin cups with baking spray; set aside.

In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and 1/3 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon juice, zest, vanilla, and poppy seeds until well combined. Add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, combining the mixture well.

In another large bowl, beat egg whites until they hold soft peaks. Gradually beat in the remaining 1/3 cup of sugar, and beat until the meringue holds stiff peaks. Stir 1/4 of meringue into the cake batter and fold in the remainder gently but thoroughly.

For extra special tea-flavoured teacakes, try adding a teaspoon or two of Earl Grey loose tea to the mixture – the bergamot flavour compliments the lemon wonderfully.

Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. Bake 20-25 minutes or until tops are golden. Remove tea cakes from the pan immediately and cool on wire racks.

How will you be treating your mothers this Sunday?

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Share the gifts of tea and time this Mother’s Day

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Next Sunday 30th March is Mother’s Day here in the UK, don’t forget!

Being a mum is a tough, round-the-clock job so Mother’s Day is important to remind us to say thanks to our mums for being there for us since day one.

Why not treat your mum to a lovely new tea set, and spend some quality time with her over a pot of tea?

This classic, vintage style teacup and saucer set is beautiful and will make teatime feel like a real luxurious treat!

Pair this lovely gift with an elegant caddy of Windsor Darjeeling loose leaf tea or our Tea Chest Four classical selection tin.

This simple, yet unique, handmade glass teapot and cup set is perfect for mums who like their tea a little less ordinary.

We’d recommend loose leaf Jasmine Green Tea to make use of the handy built-in infuser, or a nice colourful fruit tea such as Blackcurrant Infusion or Rosehip & Cherry.

A Le Creuset Breakfast Collection is a great, long-lasting gift that is sure to brighten up every morning tea with for years with its sunset-coloured, hardwearing, chip- and crack-resistant stonewear!

Include some English Breakfast teabags to help your mum have a great start to the day every morning.

Make your mum smile with this fun and quirky Edward Monkton teapot and a ‘Thank you Mum’ mug and something a bit different with a selection of our Fruit Black Teas, she’ll thank you for introducing her to something new!

If your mum is always on the go, offer her some of your time to help her out while enjoys a cup of tea and a sit down with this fab Cath Kidston London ‘tea for one’ set.

Partner this gift with an English Tea Time selection for an extra treat – this box includes a some delicious shortbread as well as our English Tea No. 1, English Breakfast and English Afternoon teas.

Whatever you decide to give to or do with your mums this Mothering Sunday, we hope you have a wonderful day!

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Ahmad Tea Instagram moments

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With Instagram, we feel like we can share our fan’s special tea moments with them and we love seeing all the wonderful photos featuring Ahmad Tea shared by people all over the world!

Here are some of our most recent #ahmadtea favourites:

We love @giantvacum’s shot of an classic and elegantly simple teacup and saucer.

A cocktail of tea enjoyed by @moriko7777!

We see so many beautiful and quirky cups and mugs on Instagram like @sarahalkattan’s here.

Earl Grey has been a popular choice for Instagrammers such as @myo_ni recently.

@notemilyshaw posted this photo of an Ahmad Tea bus arriving in Tenessee!

We’d love to see photos of your Ahmad Tea moments. Share them on Instagram with the hashtag #ahmadtea so we can find them!

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Recipe: Earl Grey tea pancakes

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Today is Shrove Tuesday, the day it is traditional to use up rich, fatty foods such as eggs, flour and milk before the fasting period of Lent begins by making… pancakes!!

What’s not to love about pancakes? Whether you favour thin English crêpe-like pancakes drizzled with lemon and dusted with sugar, fluffy American-style pancakes topped with crispy bacon, butter and syrup, or more adventurous recipes and accompaniments, Pancake Day is one day in the a year when it is widely acceptable to enjoy pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner… Well, why not?!

We came across this recipe for Earl Grey pancakes on I am a food blog and had to share it with our readers. We can’t wait to make a batch of these this evening!

EARL GREY TEA LATTE PANCAKES

Serves 2

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Earl Grey tea bag
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Earl Grey tea leaves (optional, but recommended!)
  • Butter and syrup to serve

What to do…

  • In a small saucepan, bring the milk and teabag to a gentle simmer. Remove from the heat and let the tea steep for 5 minutes.
  • Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar in a bowl.
  • When the milk tea mixture is cool, remove the teabag, squeezing out as much liquid as possible.
  • Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar in a bowl. When the milk tea mixture is cool, remove the teabag squeezing out as much liquid as possible.
  • Whisk the milk with the egg and vanilla.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and the loose tea leaves.
    Stir until just combined and let rest for 10 minutes
  • Heat up a non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat. Brush a thin layer of butter or oil in the hot pan.
  • Drop about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture at a time into the pan.
    Cook until tiny bubbles appear on the surface, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes.
  • Keep the cooked pancakes in a warm oven until you’re ready to serve with plenty of butter and syrup.

Will you be trying out tea-infused pancakes today, or do you have another recipe of your own?

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The history of Hyde Park

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Hyde Park has always provided Londoners and visitors alike with a taste of the countryside within the city. This 19th Century painting, featured on our English Breakfast tea, confirms that this has been so for many years and shows the timeless appeal of the world-famous park; somewhere to ride horses or simply get some fresh air.

Hyde Park was originally created to satisfy a passion for hunting. Around 900 years ago, the area that is now Hyde Park was part of the Manor of Eia belonging to monks from Westminster Abbey and was roamed by deer, boar and wild bulls. in 1536, Henry VIII seized the manor and turned it into a hunting park where royal hunts and great banquets were held.

This tradition was continued with Queen Elizabeth I’s reign, but when Charles I was King, the park was opened to the public (1637) and it soon became a fashionable place to visit.

Read more at royalparks.org.uk about the history of Hyde Park and how it became the iconic park it is today, that is known and loved by London locals and tourists from all over the world.

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Birchbox subscribers discovering new Ahmad Tea blends

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Subscribers of Birchbox in the US are discovering new Ahmad Tea blends in their monthly boxes at the moment.

Birchbox helps people find new lifestyle and beauty products by sending out boxes full of surprise samples, including things like nail polishes, moisturisers and tea.

We love being able to share our blends with people who haven’t tried them before, and pick up new fans along the way. We also love seeing photos of everyone’s Birchbox goodies on Instagram (some of our favourites below) and hearing from people who have enjoyed sipping the same tea that can be found at Buckingham Palace!

If you’re in the US, sign up to Birchbox to receive samples from some great brands each month, or you can also shop for Ahmad Tea there too!

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Competition: Win a Tea Chest Four to share with your Valentine

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Valentine’s Day is a time to make the effort to share your love and time with someone special, and we believe that there’s nothing better than sharing tea with a loved one.

Over on our Facebook page we’re giving away two charming Tea Chest Four caddies. With four of our most popular classic blends in a beautiful gold caddy, it’s perfect for sharing!

All you have to is comment on this Facebook post and tell us who you would like to share a cup of tea with – whether it’s your spouse, a special family member, friend or idol – for a chance to win! We will be choosing two winners on Friday 7th February. T&Cs below.

- Valentine’s Tea Chest Four competition terms & conditions: -

1. Information on how to enter forms part of the terms of entry. Entry into the competition (liking and sharing the particular Facebook post) is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.

2. By entering this competition, entrants agree to be bound by these Terms & Conditions, which may be amended or varied at any time by Ahmad Tea.

3. Only one entry per person is counted.

4. Winners are chosen at random from the pool of people who have commented on the specified post.

5. The competition closes at 3pm GMT on 7th February 2014.

6. Entry is open to Ahmad Tea fans in the UK and the United States aged 18 and over, excluding Ahmad Tea employees, their immediate families and anyone professionally connected with the promotion.

7. The winner will be notified by a comment on the entry post as well as announced on the Ahmad Tea Facebook wall.

8. In order to receive the prize, winners will need to send a private message to the Ahmad Tea Facebook page with their address and contact telephone number and the address of a friend to send the same prize to.

9. Ahmad Tea cannot be held responsible for any delays, loss or damages to the prize. Unfortunately we can’t guarantee the prize will get to you by Valentine’s Day, but we’ll try!

10. The prizes are as stated and are non-transferable or exchangeable. No cash alternatives will be offered. If we are unable to provide the stated prize, Ahmad Tea reserved the right to award an alternative prize of equal or greater value.

11. Privacy Statement: We will only use and store your personal information for the purposes disclosed to you.This includes sharing it with the courier used to send your prize to you.

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Ahmad Tea Instagram moments

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We love seeing our fans all around the world sharing their Ahmad Tea moments with us on Instagram. Here are some of our favourites recently shared:

@shinelianna’ quaint teacup and saucer is just beautiful

@_dear617′s photo shows of the gorgeous colour of our Mixed Berries tea

We think @asyastyles’ light and airy photograph really highlights the refreshing taste of our herbal & fruit infusions

We’re very jealous of @rainfeather’s belgian waffle breakfast!

Though @ren829′s breakfast looks like a delciously healthy way to start your day!

Tag your photos #ahmadtea so we can find your shots and we might post them here too!

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Recipe: Tea-flavoured shortbread

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Ahmad Tea fan Laurie shared this recipe for delicious tea-flavoured shortbread with us. Do you have any teatime treat recipes you’d like to share? Let us know!

To make Laurie’s tea shortbread you’ll need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar (or slightly more depending on your taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tsps loose tea (Ahmad Tea Earl Grey or English Afternoon work well with this recipe, but feel free to experiment!)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Mix all of the ingredients together well, roll 1 inch balls of dough and press down with a floured fork. If the dough is too soft, put it in the fridge for around 15 minutes until it is firmer.

Bake in a preheated oven at 190°c (375 farenheit) for 10-15 minutes – keep checking on them after 10 minutes until the edges are slightly browned.

Cool and enjoy with your favourite cup of tea!

Let us know if you make these shortbread biscuits, or any other tea-inspired recipes!

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Meet the Twelfth Doctor Puppet, an Ahmad Tea fan!

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Did you know that the Twelfth Doctor is a fan of Ahmad Tea?!

Well… the Twelfth Doctor Puppet certainly enjoys a cup of English No.1, and we have to say we think he has great taste!

We came across this photo online and immediately had to check out the Doctor Puppet YouTube channel, and we’re so glad we did! Doctor Puppet is a stop motion animation tribute to Doctor Who, created by a fan in New York.

We got in touch with Alisa to find out more about how it all began…

“It began when I made the puppet as an example for a stop motion animation class I was teaching two years ago.

“The puppet sat around my apartment for a while before I figured out what to do with him.

“First, I started a blog on Tumblr and shared photos of the puppet. This got popular so I decided to top it and actually made an animated Christmas special starring the puppet.

“Later, I had to top it yet again and so made the full series for YouTube!”

Alisa’s Doctor Puppet YouTube channel has over 55,000 subscribers, and each video in the series gets hundreds of thousands of views! She said that while she was of course hoping that they would be watched and loved by everyone, but didn’t expect the amount of of wonderful feedback she has received.

“It means so much before my team and I put a tremendous amount of time and love into each episode. It feels fantastic to know our that our work is appreciated.”

The Doctor Puppet team keep the tea flowing while creating the episodes because, as Alisa said, “It just feels right”! They love to drink Ahmad Tea English Tea No.1 just like Doctor Puppet here, with a splash of milk – plain and simple!

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