Aunty’s Sticky Toffee Pudding (Photo source: The English Tea Store)
Aunty’s Sticky Toffee Pudding (Photo source: The English Tea Store)

The other day, hubby and I learned how to turn stressed into desserts — just reverse the order of the letters! Ha! All kidding aside, you can go from being stressed to living the sweet life. It’s not a magic act. But tea certainly plays a part.

Fruit-flavored Teas

Apples and cherries and lemons… oh, my! We’re off to see the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Fruit Teas. I’ve delved into the subject of teas flavored with fruits before, but it bears repeating, especially in Summer. Why do these teas have such appeal? One big reason is that they are a great substitute for dessert. And with a lot fewer calories.

Tea by itself can present a host of flavors, some sweet, others not. Adding fruit, which contains a natural sugar called fructose, enhances a tea’s natural sweetness or adds sweetness to an otherwise non sweet tea. Some of these fruit teas also have sweeteners such as honey and agave added. They can contain other flavorings, too, such as coconut and cinnamon, that enhance the dessert-like character of the tea. Yummers!

Sweet Treats for Tea Time

Any of my Facebook friends know that I have quite a penchant for the photos posted there for such delights as beautifully decorated cakes sporting designs inspired by the stained glass lampshades, etc., by Tiffany. I can’t resist hitting that “Share” link. For all you dieters out there, my apologies. But seriously, it’s just a photo. And has a lot fewer calories than the real thing.

Pies and fruit tarts and cakes and trifles and tortes are not only great for tea time but are usually considered “comfort foods.” The Brits are pretty keen on coming up with some of these creations like steamed puddings, the French invented the torte, and us Yanks came up with pies. Cakes seem to be a universal item.

Getting Your Just Desserts

Whether you choose a lovely tea with fruity appeal or a real sweet treat to have with your unflavored tea, you will get your just desserts and feel less stressed. Enjoy!

See also:
An Orchard in Your Teapot, Pt. I – Fruit in Your Tea
An Orchard in Your Teapot, Pt. II – Herbals Made with Fruits
An Orchard in Your Teapot, Pt. III – Teas with Fruity Aroma and Flavor
Drinkable Desserts (Teas as Good as Dessert)

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2 thoughts on “Turn STRESSED into DESSERTS

  1. Judy Trapp

    I led a Bible study in the past. We did counted cross-stitch of the theme of the bible study. We couldn’t eat and afford to get our fingers sticky so I would serve a fruit flavored tea. This is about the only time I would say I enjoy a flavored tea. Mostly I prefer a good black tea. Judy

    1. A.C. Cargill

      Also good approach for sewing circles, quilting bees, scrapbooking sessions, book club meetings, and anywhere else where sticky fingers are not a good idea! 🙂

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