On the Tea Desk with Gail of Teak & Thyme


In the event you often reply “sure” when requested if you want to see the dessert menu then it’s time to bookmark this web site! Gail is the meals photographer and recipe developer for the baking weblog Teak & Thyme. Primarily based in Vancouver, BC, she enjoys creating desserts and sharing them to assist her readers recreate the scrumptious recipes at house with their very own fingers. Not solely will her desserts tempt your candy tooth they might additionally fulfill some tea cravings for those who come upon one in every of her many baked items infused with tea. On the tea desk Gail and I chatted about her weekly dim sum outings that launched her to tea, her high teas for baking, sensible baking recommendation and extra.

The kettle is on and I can hear it about to sing. What tea are you going to steep for us right this moment?

I’m making some chamomile tea with a squeeze of lemon and honey.

That’s what I like to sip on at night time whereas stress-free and studying weblog posts or a e-book. It’s so easy however comforting!

Certainly one of my favorite night sippers, too. How did your relationship with tea start?

I grew up going to dim sum eating places on a weekly foundation with my grandparents and household.

The server would ask you what sort of tea you needed earlier than you even sat down. My mother would often ask for both Iron Buddha or Pu-erh tea in Chinese language relying on the day.

My first tea should have been a kind of. Despite the fact that I didn’t actually know what these tea names meant at my younger age, I knew this was the routine (that hasn’t modified to this present day!) and a pot of scorching tea could be delivered to the desk a couple of minutes later.

After I was younger, I’d all the time drink it blended with scorching water from the opposite pot on the desk as a result of it might be too bitter.

As I bought older, I grew to desire my tea stronger and stronger. The strongest cup comprised of the primary steeping is all the time my favorite solution to drink it.

There was additionally a number of unstated etiquette surrounding tea that I discovered very early on like tapping the desk when somebody stuffed your teacup and leaving the teapot lid ajar whenever you needed the server to refill it.

The odor of a pot of sturdy tea and the sounds of clinking porcelain tableware all the time jogs my memory of these Chinese language eating places and time with household.

Let’s say you may solely select 3 teas to have perpetually. Which of them are you able to not dwell with out relating to ingesting and baking tea infused treats?

It must be earl gray, oolong, and matcha for each ingesting and baking.

earl grey bubble tea by teak & thyme
Picture Supply: Teak & Thyme (Earl Gray Bubble Tea Recipe)

All of them have a definite and robust style that I like and work so effectively with different flavours in baked items. The chances are countless.

I like all 3 teas for ingesting however earl gray and matcha for baking because the oolong can get just a little misplaced and overpowered relying on the baked good!

strawberry matcha cake by teak & thyme
Picture Supply: Teak & Thyme (Matcha Strawberry Cake Recipe)

Share your worst baking nightmare. Any epic recipe failures?

My worst failures all most likely must do with macarons.

Macarons are notoriously finicky to make, particularly as a newbie, and I discovered that out the exhausting approach. My first few batches became sticky puddles after baking and it took many tries to lastly get them proper. 

Different significantly messy fails occurred when batter overflowed or leaked out of the pan throughout baking and dripped to the underside of the oven.

It then burned and bought smoky however I couldn’t clear it up as a result of my stuff was nonetheless baking. All I might do was stand there as the room stuffed with smoke, hoping it wouldn’t set off the fireplace alarm.

Fortunately I haven’t set something on fireplace but!

In the event you might choose one recipe (that isn’t tea-infused) on Teak & Thyme to pair with a cup of tea, what would that pairing appear to be?

I feel something significantly candy goes effectively with a cup of tea as a result of they stability one another out!

Picture Supply: Teak & Thyme

I’d pair a couple of strawberry cheesecake macarons or a mini lemon meringue tart with a cup of sturdy earl gray tea.

I like pairing fruity flavours with tea and strawberry and lemon are very accessible ones that all the time style good. I might simply think about pretending to be sitting in a Parisian cafe having fun with these pairings.

Picture Supply: Teak & Thyme

Velocity Spherical:

Black, Inexperienced, Yellow, White, Oolong or Puerh?

Scorching, Iced or Chilly?
I do love a scorching mug of tea however I most likely drink it iced in bubble tea probably the most.

Teapot, Infuser or Gaiwan?

Straight, Sweetened or Latte?
Straight when at house, latte when ordering at a restaurant

Cheese or Chocolate pairing?

If somebody walked as much as you to ask on your greatest baking recommendation, what would you say? 

Apply makes progress. Baking actually was not my greatest ability and it truly pressured me out to start with.

The extra you do it, the extra you’ll perceive the right consistency of various batters and mixtures. You’ll excellent your strategies and learn to troubleshoot when issues go flawed. 

Decide one class of baking that you just wish to grasp (like truffles or tarts) and dedicate a minimum of a couple of months making an attempt completely different recipes in that class or choose one stable recipe and make it a number of occasions till you’re feeling snug with it.

Recipes are additionally only a information.

There are such a lot of elements that may have an effect on your bake corresponding to person error, components, ovens, timing, the fabric your pans are manufactured from, even the altitude the place you reside, amongst many different issues.

It’s all about troubleshooting, tweaking, and making issues your individual.

A extra sensible piece of recommendation: get a kitchen scale for those who don’t already use one! That is largely for People who use cups as a type of measurement.

Weighing out your components is extra constant, correct, and simpler to scale to suit completely different portions. It’s the perfect cheap instrument to enhance your baking.

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ABOUT THIS SERIES: Tea tells tales and when linked with people, extra are created. That’s the place the thought for this weblog sequence, On the Tea Desk, originated. With this sequence, The Cup of Life asks tea lovers all over the world to take us inside their tea lives to share their favorite steeps, areas, routines and extra. Meet a few of your fellow tea drinkers right here.


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