GBBO – Ingredients 101

If you have seen an episode of the Great British Bake Off, you will notice some of the contestants explaining their ingredients. If you hear names like “caster sugar”, treacle, or “black treacle”, you may be familiar with it or it may leave you scratching your head, depending on which side of the pond you …

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Teas That Don’t Need Sugar

I'm pretty open about not being a fan of sugar or milk in my tea, though I am happy to tell others if I think that a black tea is strong and substantial enough to handle these additions. Still, I would encourage you to try tea on its own, without sugar, both for the health …

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How Sweet It Is!

It never ceases to surprise me how many people apologize for wanting to put sugar in their tea, as if admitting a serious tea-drinking faux pas. I’ve always invited my guests to do what makes them comfortable and to drink their tea in any fashion they feel most pleasing. Still, I get meek apologies as …

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Tea with Milk, Lemon or Sugar

Adding milk, lemon, or sugar to your tea will likely make a tea purist pop his top. The purist considers adding a spoonful of sugar to be the equivalent of wasting a perfectly good cup of tea, because you could get the same result by adding a spoonful of sugar to a cup of hot …

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Got Milk?

By William I. Lengeman III When it comes to tea and milk – as with tea and sugar – everyone likes what they like and there is no correct answer. For many tea drinkers the idea of downing a cup without milk is inconceivable. On the other hand are those who couldn't imagine sullying their …

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Taking My Sugar to Tea: To Sweeten or Not to Sweeten

by William I. Lengeman III In the opinion of novelist Henry Fielding, "love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea." But for so many of Fielding’s countrymen, black tea with milk and sugar is a right and a requirement that's become one of the icons with which the British are closely associated. For many …

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