DIY Teabags and Sweet Treats from The Chefs Larder

11 Feb

For my second Valentines project I enlisted the help of my Chef friend Andy from The Chefs Larder. I was again trying to think of things that can suit men and women and everyone likes tea and biscuits. The green element of this is green tea. Only joking! The idea is you can use some bits and bobs you will have lying about to make something super cute for your loved one. Here goes.

 

You Will Need:

Coffee filter papers
Loose leaf tea
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Paper and a Pencil

 

1. Firstly we need to make ourselves a heart shaped stencil. I folded a piece of paper in half and drew half a heart shape then cut it out. This makes it symmetrical and is a really easy way to draw a love heart shape.
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2. Now you can use this stencil to cut out 2 heart shaped pieces of coffee filter paper.

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3. If you have embroidery thread in a nice colour kicking about then you can use it later but if you don’t you can use 4 bits of bog standard sewing thread. It’s essentially the same thing. Cut 4 pieces the same length and twirl them until it looks like one chunky piece of thread. Put it to the side for later.

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4. Using your sewing machine or by hand, stitch the two heart pieces together leaving a space at the top open.

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5. Fill your teabag with loose leaf tea(not too much or you won’t be able to close it!). I am really big on tea, I have a drawer full of it but I think my favourite is black tea and rose(or black tea and violet but it is even harder to get a hold of!). I have this Whittards loose leaf that I am going to use for my tea bag!

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6. Stitch the teabag closed remembering to insert the thread we twisted earlier and your teabag is ready for it’s little biscuit pal!

If you would like to buy this kind of thing in bulk(they make thee cutest favours) you can contact Tea by Lita and she can sort you out with the most amazing tea blends and personalised tea bags!

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For the Biscuit!

Viennese whirl biscuit.

190g soft butter
75g icing sugar
1/2 vanilla pod
Pinch of salt
35g egg white
225g plain flour

Preheat the oven to 160*c. Place the butter into a mixer and beat well with a paddle or use your hands and a wooden spoon. Beat until pale and light. Add in the icing sugar, salt, egg white & vanilla and mix until fully incorporated. Slowly fold in the plain flour. Place a star nozzle into a piping bag and pipe onto grease proof paper any shape you desire. Bake for 20 minutes at 160*c and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Alternatively, you can dip them in chocolate or dust with icing sugar or even a little cinnamon sugar.

Make sure you check out Andy’s blog for loads more amazing recipes and photographs of delicious things!  http://thechefslarder.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Enjoy!!

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One Response to “DIY Teabags and Sweet Treats from The Chefs Larder”

  1. Konnie Kapow! February 11, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

    brilliant Jenny, I love this idea!!

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