Monday, November 14, 2011

Daring Kitchen Challenge: Cooking with Tea!

Sarah from Simply Cooked was our November Daring Cooks’ hostess and she challenged us to create something truly unique in both taste and technique! We learned how to cook using tea with recipes from Tea Cookbook by Tonia George and The New Tea Book by Sara Perry.


6 eggs 
2 tablespoons black tea leaves, or 4 tea bags
2 teaspoons Chinese five spice powder
1 tablespoon coarse grain salt
toasted sesame seeds, to garnish [I didn't]

  1. In a large enough pot to avoid overcrowding, cover the eggs with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer for twelve minutes.
  2. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and keep the cooking water.
  3. With a spoon, tap the eggs all over until they are covered with small cracks. This can also be done by tapping and rolling the eggs very gently on the counter.
  4. Return the eggs to the pan and add the tea leaves or bags, Chinese five spice powder, and salt. Cover the pan.
  5. Heat gently and simmer, covered, for one hour.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and let the eggs cool down in the liquid for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the eggs from the liquid. Peel one egg to check how dark it is; the others can be returned to the liquid if you wish to have the web-like pattern darker. Allow the eggs to cool fully.
  8. To serve, peel and slice the eggs in halves or quarters. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
These we so freakin good. I mean, good. If they didn't take so long, I'd make them more often. But even then, totally worth it. My kids even chowed down on them! haha!


The Garlic Press said...

I made the tea eggs too. Weren't they just gorgeous? Nice job on the challenge!

Jenni said...

Great job! I loved these eggs, they are so pretty!

shelley c. said...

Your tea eggs look so elegantly beautiful! I wanted to try them, but for some reason, I was intimidated. I think I will give it a shot now, though! Really great job.

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

The eggs look beautiful!! I want to make those too now!

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chef_d said...

Great job on the tea eggs, I totally agree with you, I'd eat them more often too if they didn't take so long to make :)

Rhonda said...

I really enjoy the Chinese Tea Eggs, I only made 3 and wished that I had made all six! Yours are beautiful.

Melissa said...

Gorgeous! I always wondered how these taste!

Ruth Ellis said...

These just look so pretty!

Creating Nirvana said...

Beautiful photo of your eggs. Great job on this challenge.

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