Earl Grey Infused Chocolate Tartine

This recipe is my version of the Tartines et Chocolat served at Merci in Paris. I never would have ordered it since I'm not huge on chocolate, but my friend Nana highly recommended it so I did. Oh boy, I totally ate up every last bit of the spreadable chocolate. (See photo of it at Merci.)

With mine, I added in a twist to this ganache by adding in a citrus and black tea flavor with Earl Grey. 

It's scary how quickly this can be whipped up. You'll need:

2/3 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
3 tablespoons Earl Grey loose leaf tea (I used Taylors of Harrogate's Earl Grey)
1 tablespoon butter
Baguette (I prefer demi or mini baguette for this tartine.)

In a saucepan, simmer heavy cream and take off heat as the cream starts to bubble along the edges of the pan. Steep Earl Grey tea in the heavy cream for 5 minutes. Strain. 

(I filled tea filter bags with Earl Grey to make it easier to strain.)

Put the saucepan with the tea infused heavy cream back on the stove and simmer once more until bubbles form along the sides of the saucepan. Take off heat and stir in the chocolate and butter. 

Mix until everything has melted together.

Pour the chocolate spread into a small bowl and serve with a horizontally cut toasted baguette. Generously spread or spoon the Earl Grey infused chocolate onto baguette and enjoy!

EARL GREY INFUSED CHOCOLATE TARTINE

INGREDIENTS
2/3 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
3 tablespoons Earl Grey loose leaf tea (I used Taylors of Harrogate's Earl Grey)
1 tablespoon butter
Baguette (I prefer demi or mini baguette for this tartine.)

DIRECTIONS
In a saucepan, simmer heavy cream and take off heat as the cream starts to bubble along the edges of the pan. Steep Earl Grey tea in the heavy cream for 5 minutes. Strain. 

Put the saucepan with the tea infused heavy cream back on the stove and simmer once more until bubbles form along the sides of the saucepan. Take off heat and stir in the chocolate and butter. 

Mix until everything has melted together.

Pour the chocolate spread into a small bowl and serve with a horizontally cut toasted baguette. Generously spread or spoon the Earl Grey infused chocolate onto baguette and enjoy!

 

Posted on November 18, 2014 .

Maman NYC

A great new spot for tea breaks has opened up in Soho. Maman is completely adorable with a limited, but excellent selection of savories and sweets, thanks to their Michelin-starred chef Armand Arnal.

The first time I went, it was for lunch and I got the Croque 'Maman,' a super velvety and rich-but-not-too-rich version of a Croque Madam and a fresh chickpea salad with beets.

 I also got a chocolate chip cookie, which was very nutty, and very chocolatey. I came back for it.

I ordered an Earl Grey tea latte to go with the chocolate chip cookie. The tea latte isn't on the menu, but I asked them if they can make it for me, and they did with half milk and half tea. It was very good.

I went with Kathy, and we sat up front at the bar stools, but there's a bigger seating area in the back. I prefer the front of the bakery since there was a lot more natural light....which we quickly lost about an hour after getting there at 4PM. Damn you, daylight savings!

 

Matcha (Green Tea) Chia Seed Pudding

This Matcha (Green Tea) Chia Seed Pudding is what I'll have for breakfast or a snack when I want something a little healthy. It does require a some planning ahead since it takes at least three hours to have the chia seeds gel together with the milk. I usually make it the night before and let it sit overnight in the fridge.

You only need five ingredients:

1 cup almond milk (I used the delicious AlmondMade. c/o)
3 tablespoons chia seeds 
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon matcha + more for dusting (Get culinary grade matcha for recipes.)
a pinch of salt (I used Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.)

Mix together almond milk, honey, matcha, and salt. I used an immersion blender to make it easier.

In a bowl, pour in chia seeds then the matcha almond milk mixture. Stir to coat chia seeds with the liquid. Refrigerate. 

10 minutes later, stir again to make sure chia seeds are not clumping together. Keep in refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight. 

Dust the top with a little matcha before serving.

MATCHA CHIA SEED PUDDING
Makes 1 serving

INGREDIENTS
1 cup almond milk (I used the delicious AlmondMade. c/o)
3 tablespoons chia seeds 
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon matcha + more for dusting (Get culinary grade matcha for recipes.)
a pinch of salt (I used Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.)

DIRECTIONS
Mix together almond milk, honey, matcha, and salt. I used an immersion blender to make it easier.

In a bowl, pour in chia seeds then the matcha almond milk mixture. Stir to coat chia seeds with the liquid. Refrigerate. 

10 minutes later, stir again to make sure chia seeds are not clumping together. Keep in refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight. 

Dust the top with a little matcha before serving.

 

Posted on November 11, 2014 .

Oolong Tea Tasting at T Shop

There's a new teahouse in New York City! Thanks to Georgia, I found out about T Shop in Nolita and we met up for a tea tasting.

Currently there are just eight selection of teas, all personally sourced by the owner, Theresa. We were asked which tea we were interested in tasting and we went with oolong. 

She brought over two kinds and after taking a whiff of both, we decided on the Roasted Oolong.

We sat at a table together, with Theresa on one side and us on the other. We did five steepings, all expertly prepared in a gaiwan by Theresa. In the top photo, you'll see three cups and one was hers as she drank and chatted with us.

The place is cozy with just three tables and a small bar with a handful of chairs.

The shop isn't directly off the street, so once you see the T Shop green sign above the Psychic sign at the door, walk down the hallway until you see a glass door with an illustrated black teapot.

A look at the oolong leaves after our fifth steeping. All the tight little balls have unfurled.

Our tea tasting with five steepings of oolong were $10 each. No tips were accepted and tax wasn't added so it was $10 each flat. 

The Roasted Oolong was excellent, so I'll be going back to try the other teas in the shop.

INFO: T Shop | 247 Elizabeth Street | New York, NY 10012 | 646-726-4086