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Golden Milk Tea Latte

Golden Milk Tea Latte

Golden Milk Tea Latte

Cozi Tea Latte is rich and comforting. Great for a chilly morning or after a day of fun in the snow!

serves 2

2 ½ Cups non-dairy creamer (I use Barista Blend Oatmilk)

¼ cup canned coconut milk

2 Tablespoons maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)

½ tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp ground turmeric

½ tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp Cozi Tea loose leaf Cardamom Tea in tea strainer

Couple Pinches ground black pepper

Cinnamon sticks for garnish

Tools

Saucepan

Whisk

Preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients except tea in a saucepan over medium heat and heat slowly.
  2. Add the Cardamom tea in a tea strainer when mixture has begun to warm.
  3. Whisk the mixture to incorporate spices.
  4. Do not let the mixture boil.
  5. Allow tea to steep in warm mixture for approximately 5 minutes, remove tea and discard.
  6. Pour latte into two mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Fall Harvest Hash Breakfast Bowls

Fall Harvest Hash Breakfast Bowls

Fall Harvest Hash Breakfast Bowl

Serving Size- 2 people

2 strips pre-cooked bacon (if using uncooked omit olive oil)

1 TBSP Olive oil

1 Andouille Sausage

¼ Kabacha Squash seeded and chopped

            (can roast in oven at 300 for 10 minutes to soften)

¼ cup shitake mushrooms

3 baby red skin potatoes

1 piece kale chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

Lake Shore Drive season from The Spice House – (chives scallions, green peppercorns and shallots)

Chop pre-cooked bacon and warm in olive oil. Add chopped squash, andouille sausage, potatoes and cook on medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes until softened. Add Shitake mushrooms, kale, salt pepper and Lake Shore Drive seasoning. Toss together and turn up to medium heat. Cook 4-8 minutes stirring occasionally until gently browned. Top with an egg and serve with sourdough toast, or serve as a side with our Fall French toast with Pear Chutney. Pairs well with our Copeland Breakfast Tea.

The recipe is great for two but can be easily increased to prep a week’s worth of breakfast.

 

Sourdough French Toast with Pear Compote and Fall Hash

Sourdough French Toast with Pear Compote and Fall Hash

Sourdough French Toast with Pear Compote and Fall Hash

Kabocha Squash

This recipe calls for a fall squash called kabocha squash. The skin is edible making it an easy squash to work with. They are sweeter than butternut, but significantly smaller. If you are familiar with cooking for 2, you may find this is an easy substitute for most recipes that call for butternut squash. You can find this at your local Whole Foods or Sprouts! 

Sourdough French Toast with Pear Compote and Fall Hash

 

Cozy season is upon us! As the leaves change and the temperatures drop, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of fall and winter cooking. And when it comes to breakfast, it’s the simplest meal of the day to whip up. My husband and I have made it a tradition to prepare breakfast together while cozying up in our robes, indulging in reruns of Gardners World, and savoring every sip of our tea. It’s become one of our cherished love languages on the weekends.

 

For this recipe, let’s dive into the wonderful world of squash in this delightful dish, especially during the current season. While acorn and butternut squash are beloved fall staples, there’s a whole spectrum of impressive squash varieties waiting to be explored.

Take, for instance, the Kabocha squash with its incredibly sweet flavor that surpasses even that of butternut squash. Its texture resembles that of a sweet potato, and here’s the best part: you can eat its rind, making it a breeze to work with. Plus, you can easily save any leftovers for future culinary adventures.

To simplify the chopping process, you may consider giving it a quick roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes or sauté it as it is.

I know you’re already buzzing with excitement from all the talk about squash, but let me tell you, there’s something even more incredible in store.

Brace yourself for the true star of this show: Sourdough French toast with a delectable pear compote. It’s a match made in heaven, just like the classic pairing of pear and pork in French cooking.

The sourdough bread’s structure is ideal for soaking up the French toast batter, and its tanginess perfectly balances the sweetness of the compote and maple syrup. Get ready to take your taste buds on a truly remarkable journey!

I want you to know that we absolutely adore the seasonings we use in our kitchen, and we’re thrilled to share them with you. We’ve discovered these incredible blends from Spice House that add an extraordinary touch to our dishes. Although we haven’t entered into any sponsorship or affiliation yet, our love for these products is genuine, and we can’t wait for you to experience the same delight.

Not in the mood for french toast or looking for a great fall gluten-free recipe? Get ready to elevate your fall hash with our scrumptious and nutritious breakfast bowl recipe found here.

Fall Hash

Serving Size- 2 people

2 strips pre-cooked bacon (if using uncooked omit olive oil)

1 TBSP Olive oil

1 Andouille Sausage

¼ Kabocha Squash seeded and chopped

            (can roast in oven at 300 for 10 minutes to soften)

¼ cup shitake mushrooms

3 baby red skin potatoes

1 piece kale chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

Lake Shore Drive season from The Spice House – (chives scallions, green peppercorns, and shallots)

Chop pre-cooked bacon and warm in olive oil. Add chopped squash, andouille sausage, potatoes and cook on medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes until softened. Add Shitake mushrooms, kale, salt pepper, and Lake Shore Drive seasoning. Toss together and turn up to medium heat. Cook 4-8 minutes stirring occasionally until gently browned. Keep warm on low heat or move to a warm oven while preparing the French Toast. 

Sourdough French Toast for 2 with Pear Compote

2 eggs

¼ cup half and half

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp vanilla

¼ tsp cinnamon

Bread of choice (our favorites are challah, brioche, or sourdough)

Crème fraiche (to serve on top of compote)

Mix all ingredients in flat bottom bowl. Soak 6 pieces of sourdough bread in mixture and place in skillet on medium heat. Turn when browned. Serve with pear churtney real maple syrup, and a dollop of crème fraiche.

Pear Compote

1 TBSP butter

2 small Bartlett pears (or 1 large)

¼ cup brown sugar (loosely packed)

2 TBSP Raisins

¼ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp allspice

Melt butter on a medium-low heat. Add pears and brown sugar and cook until brown sugar is melted. Add raisins, cinnamon, and allspice. Cook until pears are tender and release their juice to create a sauce that coats the mixture. If pears are dry, you may need to add a tablespoon of water to improve constancy.

Serve over French toast with a dollop of creme fraiche on top! 

Cozi Tea & Lifestyle
Chrystal Copeland- Cozi Tea

Written by Chrystal Copeland

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Aebleskiver Pancakes

Aebleskiver Pancakes

Aebleskiver Pancakes

Aebelskiver Pancakes

Danish Pancake Balls with Easy Fruit Filling. 

Pancakes are one of the simplest breakfast foods, but have you heard of Aebleskiers… Aeblslivers… Aeblskivers… um…  Ebleskivers? Aebleskivers, pronounced Able-skeevers, are just as simple (but hard to spell)! They are essentially the same ingredients but then poured into a special pan with round holes that give the pancake its round ball shape. While they can be served with maple syrup, making them with homemade fruit topping or raspberry jam makes this easy breakfast pair with your favorite cup of tea wonderfully. The coffee drinkers in the family will likely not complain, either.

When visiting my mom this weekend, she began pulling out the Aebleskiver pans, and I just knew I had to include this recipe on the blog. We love these light, fluffy pancakes that are just as good plain as they are with the easy fruit topping and powdered sugar. Our morning tea with my parents was one of my favorite types of lazy Saturday morning teas filled with a bit of baking, lots of tea, laughs with my parents, and savoring old memories as we create new ones. Our breakfast teas often linger well past the ten o’clock hour, leaving us just enough time to shower, and then she starts lunch as soon as the tea has been put away.

 

My favorite Aebleskiver memory involves my mom and her grandchildren, who were all gathered at grandma’s house for a memorable holiday. My nephew LOVES pancakes, and Aebleskivers would certainly be a special treat. My nephew is used to flat pancakes. Everyone was surprised by his tears as he had difficulty adjusting his expectations of a pancake breakfast with the round balls he saw on his plate. My son has always done an excellent job redirecting his younger cousins to create opportunities for fun. So, he just told his cousin they were fat pancakes. My nephew could understand this concept – he did not know what Aebleskivers were, but fat pancakes were something he could wrap his tiny brain around.

Now, about the pans. Aebleskivers require a special pan. My mom found hers years ago on a trip to California at a Scandenavian bakery shop. Today, they are much easier to find. I like these pans on Amazon. If you find you are serious about Aebleskivers, you might also want to try these Aebleskiver turners that my mom uses. Welcome to the Aebleskiver club my friends!

 

Aebleskiver Pancakes

with easy Fruit Topping

 

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 ½ cups buttermilk

1 Tablespoon sugar

½ teaspoon salt

2 eggs

Cook in Butter or Coconut Oil

 

Fruit topping

3 to 4 cups of Frozen berries of your choice (we use mixed berries)

½ cup sugar

 

Aebleskivers

Preheat the Aebleskiver pan and begin thawing fruit in a medium saucepan (see below for fruit-filling instructions. Meanwhile, sift dry ingredients together and mix well. Add eggs, sugar, and buttermilk and mix well with a mixer. Once the pan is warm, turn the heat down, so the pancakes do not burn. Add approximately 1/8th of a teaspoon of butter in each well, followed by a spoonful of batter. Fill each hole just short of the top, being careful not to overfill. Let bake for a few minutes, and when bubbles appear, it is time to turn them with a fork or icepick. Knitting needles work also! Once baked golden, move to a pre-warmed plate and top with fruit filling and powdered sugar.

 

Fruit Filling

Place frozen fruit on low heat, and once thawed and bubbling, add sugar. Serve over hot Aebleskivers.

Aebelskiver Pancakes
Chrystal Copeland- Cozi Tea

Written by Chrystal Copeland

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Choosing the Best Teapot

Choosing the Best Teapot

Choosing the Best Teapot

Choosing the Best Teapot

Finding a teapot for brewing tea just as satisfying as the cup of tea itself helps enhance your tea-drinking experience. Using the best teapot for the occasion ensures an enjoyable brew and no fuss steeping for years to come.

At one time, we had a significant teapot collection. As we have moved into a smaller home with minimal storage, we have simplified our collection to the pots we enjoy the most and are most useful to us.

The first step in choosing your perfect teapot is knowing how many cups of tea you want to brew and the type of tea you want to enjoy. If you are brewing one to two cups of tea in the morning, you might not need a large teapot. If you regularly drink 3-4 cups of tea in the morning, a larger pot and a tea cozy will help keep your tea hot while it brews.

 

Best Small Tea Cup

The FORLIFE Bell Ceramic Teapot with infuser is great for everyday use. It holds 16 oz of tea and has a stainless-steel infuser. The built-in infuser makes it a great option for brewing loose-leaf tea. The infuser basket fits neatly into the silicone rubber lid, making it easy to disassemble and clean. This teapot is my go-to for brewing afternoon tea at the office. It is dishwasher safe, and I love how easy it is to clean. The short spout provides a clean pour every time. They are available in a rainbow of bright colors. You can also pick a classic small white teapot or sleek modern grey.

Best Large Teapot

My husband and I drink three to four cups of tea daily. We are serious tea drinkers. We have used many different teapots over the years. We started with a vintage Desert Rose Franciscan wear teapot. I loved the little rose that sat on top of the lid and the handle that looked like the plant’s stem. The teapot wore its age, however. With constant use, the inside was stained brown from our many pots of tea. Eventually, the teapot was broken, and we began searching for a new one that would meet the demands of our constant use.  We were gifted a Brown Betty Teapot for Christmas one year, and our search for the perfect teapot was over.

 

The Brown Betty teapot by Cauldron Ceramics in England is our go-to teapot for every day use. We use the 8 cup tea pot and estimate we have brewed around 3000 pots of with this workhorse teapot for serious tea drinkers.

Brown Betty Teapot by Cauldron Ceramics, England

The history of the Brown Betty Teapot is quite fascinating. They are manufactured in England by Cauldron Ceramics. The terracotta pot has its origins dating back to 1695. The unique red clay has heat-retaining properties that keep tea warmer for a more extended period of time. The brown color is from the Rockingham glaze, which is how the teapot got its name. We have found that even with constant use, the staining that was so noticeable on our previous pot is not evident on the Brown Betty because the pot is already brown. I especially enjoy the sturdy handle on this large teapot. An 8-cup teapot can be very heavy, but I can always grasp the pot with a firm grip, and best of all, this pot is completely dribble free. The Cauldron Ceramics website boasts that the Brown Betty teapot makes the best cup of tea in the world because of its round shape. It allows tealeaves to swirl in the pot allowing the flavor and aroma to develop into a more flavorful cup. It does not come with an infuser, but we have found using large loose-leaf bags a convenient option for our daily routine.

The durability and design of the Brown Betty teapot make it our top choice for daily use. The perfect poor and the added warmth make our morning tea times linger into an easy brunch tea. We have brewed nearly 3000 pots of tea in our Brown Betty teapot, making it our home’s most used tableware. It has outlived multiple teapots and tea kettles, and we will often take it with us when we travel so we can still brew the perfect cup while exploring Colorado.

Cast Iron Teapot

I love the look of a Japanese-style cast iron teapot, and we have received several as gifts over the years. Created in China, these durable pots are known for keeping water hot and for their beautiful designs. They generally have a large swinging handle that can be moved to the side to fill the pot with water. Typically, these pots were designed for boiling water, not necessarily for steeping the tea leaves. The tea leaves are placed in a brewing cup and poured into the drinking vessel on a tray to catch spilled tea. It is said that water boiled in a cast iron pot makes the tea sweeter and more fragrant. If you find a teapot coated with enamel inside, it is likely suitable for brewing tea and boiling water should you choose; however, it may not be the traditional use.

 

Japanese cast iron teapots were made for heating water over a fire and are known for retaining heat. 

Iron teapots require a bit of care. If the pot is not coated with enamel, it must be seasoned before use. Boiling water several times and then discarding the water will help remove the scent of the iron. Additionally, if water is left in the pot, it will cause rusting, which can be difficult to clean. There is a wonderful article about cast iron teapots and their history on the Gessato Website.  
We rarely use our beautiful cast iron teapot because of the care involved and because we prefer English-style teas. We will occasionally use it for our favorite green tea, Genmaicha, which is a green tea flavored with toasted rice. The rice gives the tea a rich nutty flavor that we enjoy.

Since this pot’s primary function is to boil water, it could be used to boil water for any of your favorite teas. It would especially lend itself to Jasmine tea, white teas, green teas, and oolongs.

The Best Glass Teapot

Glass teapots are beautiful minimalist-style teapots that let you see the color of your tea and are very easy to clean. They often come with a tea basket, and I love watching the water move through the tea leaves, creating trails of flavorful water that pool from the basket to the bottom of the pot. The steeping process is highly interactive with a glass pot. The anticipation you feel as you watch the leaves open and hot water turn into tea results in a very satisfying process.

 

 

The glass pot is the perfect pot for brewing gorgeous flowering teas. Flowering teas are high-quality green tea leaves that are hand-crafted into small tea balls and tied together with string. As the tea steeps, the flower opens, and the drinker gets to experience watching the tea bloom into exquisite bouquets within their teapot before pouring their first cup. These teas are so much fun, and I highly recommend these teas for a special mother-daughter afternoon tea party or a fun fancy tea with kids. If you are going to try blooming teas, you simply must get a glass teapot.

The glass teapot we use is also helpful for brewing herbal teas. Because our brown betty is so saturated with tannins from black tea, I would never use it to brew a light herbal tea. I often use our glass teapot to brew chamomile tea with lemon and honey to help ease congestion from a cold or brew my favorite cinnamon tea for a special cozy winter afternoon.

The downside of a glass teapot is that the thin glass is fragile and can break easily. The glass usually gets very hot to the touch with the addition of boiling water; however, retaining heat is difficult. By the time the pot has cooled enough to the touch, and you have brewed your beautiful flowering tea, you can no longer enjoy a steaming hot cup. I enjoy our glass teapot, which has a plastic handle making it easier to handle but giving the pot a more modern look.

In my research, I would be interested in trying this lovely glass tea set from Teabloom Teas.  The cups are lovely and come with an assortment of blooming teas and a warming area holding a tealight candle. This may be a review in the works and I will write a review if I decide to purchase. Sign up for notifications on future posts or follow us on Instagram for our daily posts! 
 

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