BRUU The Gourmet Tea Club 2016: January Box

DSC_0085Another month passes by and we are soon into the new year, a new month also means a new box of BRUU which is nice because I somehow managed to misplace my last box, thankfully my new box has arrived and so I can finally enjoy fantastic Tea once again.

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We got another letter which I think we will get in every box, this months letter spoke about the new year and how you can now enjoy a new Teatox range and yes that is a pun for detox its essentially a new line tea for people who are looking lose weight or commit to regular fitness, I wouldn’t mind trying a sample of this myself as I may have over indulged myself a tiny bit over the holidays, they also mention the shortbread company Walkers and no its not the same as the crisp company, Walkers were kind enough to supply us with some short bread biscuits which are the perfect treat for a Tea box as Tea and biscuits go hand in hand, we were also supplied with some Sutton seeds (A type of flower) unfortunately I wont be planting these as I have a naughty dog who will happily destroy them, I have however made sure to donate them to my mother who loves gardening so they haven’t gone to waste.

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Now to the most important part the Tea

Japanese Cherry Green

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This is a Tea inspired by an ancient Japanese tradition called Hanami where people would sit underneath cherry blossom trees and would appreciate the beauty of the blossoms, looking at various types of flowers was also a smaller part of the tradition and it makes me wonder if the inclusion of the Sutton Seeds was in reference to this, it was a really interesting blend because it doesn’t use too many ingredients but it has a really good taste, I found that it tasted like ordinary green tea at first but once I swallowed a mouthful it left a taste of cherries and overall it was a very nice blend of Green Tea.

Turkish Delights
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This blend uses a traditional Chinese oolong tea leaf, The first thing you will notice is its very sweet and fruity smell, it reminded me of the Turkish delight candy but I’m not sure if that was the idea and if it was then BRUU deserve some serious brownie points, I didn’t find that it tasted of Turkish Delight but I did really enjoy the flavors that were there, to me it tasted slightly sweet and reminded me of a weak green tea but its a really good tasting weak green tea if that makes any sense.

Rukeri Rwandan Black

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This is a really basic blend of two types of leaves Rwandan Black Tea and Orange Pekoe, on the letter in the box it states that this blend can be spicy, I didn’t find it to be spicy at all but I did find that it tasted quite strongly of Orange Peel which a lot of people will tell you is not a very nice taste but here it seems to fit the Tea really well because it for some reason tasted really good and that’s just another example of the talent that goes into making these unusual Tea’s

Overall this was a very good box, I would say that I prefered this over the last box as it packs a little more flavor but so far all the boxes I have received have been great.

Lets see what February brings

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Halloween Treats : How to make Adorable and Spooky Owl Cupcakes

Get your aprons on, your mixing spoons at the ready and prepare to crack some eggs because Halloween has just gotten more delicious.

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With Halloween only getting closer and closer, it wont be long until all of us are rotting our teeth with delicious candies, mouth watering chocolates and those apples that people cover in toffee in the hopes that children wont realize that they have actually been tricked into eating fruit.

I decided that instead of buying candy in the usual retail stores I would instead attempt to make some Halloween themed cakes, after much debate about what creatures to base my cakes on I eventually chose owls due to them not having as much love as cats and spiders during the holiday.

What you will need to make these awesome treats

Golden Caster Sugar

Butter

Self Raising Flour

Cocoa Powder

6 Medium Eggs

Malteasers

Orange Frosting

Milk chocolate Buttons

White Chocolate Buttons

First thing you want to do is to preheat your oven to 190 degrees, next line your cake tin full of cake cases

why fill it?

Nearly 30 cakes is why

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Soften 280g of either salted or unsalted butter (I used Salted) and add it to your mixing bowl

Add 200g of self raising flour to your mixing bowl

Add 280g of golden caster sugar to your mixing bowl

Add 1 table spoon of cocoa powder to your mixing bowl

and finally crack all six medium eggs into your mixing bowl

Stir the mixture until it has become fairly smooth

Now add the mixture to your cake cases almost filling them but leaving space for them to rise

Place the cakes in the oven for 25 minutes

Once they are cooked remove them from the oven and allow them to cool, once they have cooled you can now do the messy part of decorating them.

Cover the top of each cake in the orange frosting

add a malteaser beak to each cake (I don’t recommend trying to cut them to make a beak shape as I tried this and it did not work in my favor at all)

Add two milk chocolate buttons to each cake to make the owls big eyes

Cut two white chocolate buttons in half and make the owls claws (You may run out of white chocolate buttons and if you do it doesn’t hurt to use the milk chocolate buttons for feet, I had to near the end of decorating)

Finally eat them XD

Thank you for reading this blog

I hope my some what useful cake recipe proves to be a lot of fun for anyone who wants to give these a try, if you do make these you don’t have to follow my decoration technique so by all means get creative and use your imaginations.

You can email me pictures of your halloween cakes at ragglefragglereviews@gmail.com

Happy Halloween

By Padawan