5 Classic teatime treats & their origin story
As our lives become busier, teatime is turning more into a matter of convenience rather than an enjoyable ceremonial experience. It has become more challenging to dedicate time each day to sit down with friends, family or colleagues and enjoy a good brew at teatime. While company is great, the experience is enhanced by gorging ourselves with tasty treats that go along with our favourite tea. Here are five favourite classic treats that satiate our taste buds during teatime. Enjoy!
The samosa needs no introduction. Originating in central Asia, big or small this crispy triangular snack is adored. It tastes even better when enjoyed piping hot with mint chutney and served with either Masala chai black tea or Chili chai black tea. In India, the filling varies according to the region. The shingara is a popular variety that is carried in the tiffin for teatime.
Originating in Turkey, the baklava is a delicious sweet dish created with rich layers of filo pastry and chopped nuts such as pistachios, walnuts, and almonds. It is held firmly together with either syrup or honey. Baklava is made in a large baking tray and cut into small shapes for serving. Today you will find similar versions across the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. It pairs extremely well with our Marigold green tea.
The ancient Romans and Greeks loved their pancakes. Today, this light pastry dish is easy to make at home and puts it high on our teatime list. Pancakes are made with flour, eggs, milk, and butter. The mixed batter is cooked on a frying pan. A pancake is also enjoyed with toppings such as syrup, fruit or jam. We love ours with a cup of Rose Oolong tea. Also, you can try French Crepes which are very similar to pancakes. Apart from Europe, it is enjoyed in many South American countries.
If you love citrus taste notes then we suggest you go for a lemon cake. The origin of this cake is unknown, although many believe it came from the pound cake which originated in England in the 17th century. Drizzle lemon cake or lemon meringue tart are also two more mouth-watering options. Lemon cake pairs well with our lavender tea which is sourced from Darjeeling.
If you love your Matcha just as much we do, then you must try Wagashi. This sweet dish is made with plant ingredients and is regularly served during traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Fruits, bean paste and rice cakes are the main varieties. If you cannot get your hands on Wagashi, try some avocado toast with your Matcha instead.
So there you have it, some of the appetizing dishes we love to enjoy at teatime. Whether you like Khari biscuits or Gulab Jamun with your tea, we want to hear from you. Please share in the comments below!