Awhile back I wrote about comfort foods and teas to go with them (see the article here). Some comfort foods are just right for your Autumn tea party. Time to focus on those.

A strong cuppa Assam, a dollop of fresh whipped cream, and a small lit candle make that pumpkin pie even more comforting. (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

A strong cuppa Assam, a dollop of fresh whipped cream, and a small lit candle make that pumpkin pie even more comforting. (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

Top of the list: Pumpkin Pie – oh yeah! You can buy one at the grocery or the local bakery, bake your own using a premade crust and canned pumpkin, or go all out with a handmade crust and your own filling made from a pie pumpkin (they tend to be about 8-10 inches in diameter). Teas to have with it: Ceylon black or green, Dragonwell (aka Longjing or Lungching), and Darjeeling.

Bread stuffing – no need for a bird! The best stuffing (as far as I’m concerned) is the kind that has been cooked inside that roasted turkey, but I’ll settle for the kind that is just baked or even the instant stovetop kind! Teas to have with it: Ceylon, Yunnan, Darjeeling, and Oolong (any).

Corn bread, corn pone, corn fritters – whatever form you choose, these corny foods are comforting, tasty, and great with tea. A touch of butter or (surprise!) clotted cream give them an even more comforting appeal. Teas to have with it: Assam, Ceylon, Yunnan, and Kenyan.

Coffee cake – but have it with tea! These baked delights are usually moister than regular cakes and flavored with cinnamon, brown sugar, and other sweet flavorings. They are unhappily misnamed since they go equally well with tea. And the combination can be even more comforting. Teas to have with it: same as for corn bread.

Scrambled eggs – easy, tasty, very comforting, and great with tea! Along with tea, I have noticed more and more the mention of scrambled eggs in movies (even ones from the 1930s and 1940s) as a quick and comforting food to have during time of trouble. Of course, you can also have them during times of calm – which is even better. Teas to have with it: Assam, Ceylon, Keemun, Darjeeling, Kenyan, and Oolong (any).

Baked squash – cousin to the pumpkin. We tend to like Acorn Squash, baked, with butter and garlic. But you can prepare it other ways and sweeten with honey or brown sugar. It all depends on if you want something more savory or dessert-like. Teas to have with it: same as for pumpkin pie.

Don’t forget a little candle to set the mood! Daylight hours are shorter and temperatures are cooler, so that little flame will add a bit of light and warmth.

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