The Christmas feasting is almost over, and the New Year is about to begin. We now turn our minds to everything that we want to achieve and create lists of what we resolve to do better. The one thing that most of us resolve to do is to find balance in our crazy modern lives.
An easy way to bring that balance is by drinking Ayurvedic Tea. It’s a blend of carefully sourced herbs and spices that make an enjoyable, refreshing and fragrant tea.
This might be the year that all your planning has gone out the window. Your head is still trying to come to terms with the fact that it is no longer October and actually there we are only a couple of shopping days away from Christmas! Not to worry, it happens to the best of us. That is why we have you covered. Not only can you still order Christmas presents until the 23rd, we have also found a delicious Black Tea Christmas cake recipe that needs only one night of soaking. So if you get started with that right away, you will have something tasty to serve your guests come Christmas Day. Oh, and did we mention that you can make it without sugar and butter making it a guilt free Christmas treat!
1/2 cup brown sugar (for the diet version you can leave out the sugar)
FOR THE CAKE:
3 lightly beaten eggs
½ cup melted butter (for the diet version you can leave out the butter)
500 ml flour
3 tps. Baking powder
3 – 4 tps mixed spice
Soak 1 ½ kg mixed cake fruit (add all your favourite fruit raisins sultanas etc. cherries and nuts such as pecans, candied peel, even chopped dates make a delicious cake!) in 1 litre apricot fruit juice and 1 cup of black tea or whisky and add 1/2 cup brown sugar. If it isn’t covered add a bit of water (or more whisky!)
Heat the oven to 160˚ Grease a large square baking tin and line it with greaseproof paper. Set aside.
Stir in 3 lightly beaten eggs
And ½ cup melted butter
To 500 ml flour add 3 tps. Baking powder
3 – 4 tps mixed spice
Add the dry ingredients slowly to the fruit and egg mixture.
It mustn’t be runny, if it is, add more flour bit by bit; it should be a soft sticky batter. Beware of making it too stiff!
Spoon the mixture into the baking tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 1 ½ – 1 ¾ hours then test with a skewer for doneness.
While it is still hot, drizzle honey over the top.
Cool it slightly and remove it from the tin to cool properly on a wire rack
This is a wonderfully adaptable cake. You can bake it in 3 greased loaf tins if you wish, and give them away as presents.
Leave out the sugar and butter and it becomes a ‘diet’ cake. The fruit and fruit juice give it enough sweetness for most palates. It will dry out very quickly however but it is very tasty and you’ll find yourself making more before Christmas. If you have any left it freezes well so you can just defrost some when you have guests for tea.
With less than a week to go, the last thing you want is to be joining the Chirstmas madness on the high street. Rather than ending up in the dog box, let us help you avoid the panic in the shops and help you find the perfect gift. At Exotic Teapot you will find a range of beautiful last minute gift ideas.
If you are looking for something extra special have a look our popular Gourmet Tea Sets. Our top of the range glass tea sets come beautifully packaged with a range of different accessories to choose from.
All our products are sent via Express delivery so you'll be sure to receive your order before Christmas. This service is fully trackable and you'll receive real time tracking updates from our courier Interlink Express by email or SMS text.
Pre Christmas Delivery Dates:
UK Highlands & Islands - Order by 12pm on Wednesday 21st December
UK Mainland - Order by 12pm on Thursday 22nd December
Christmas Eve Delivery - Order by 12pm on Friday 23rd December (Weekend Delivery option)
If you're planning a festive dinner with a difference or simply looking for an unusual gift for someone special, why not indulge in one of our Loose Leaf gift sets. Available with a high quality glass, ceramic or cast iron teapot, each beautifully presented gift set includes matching cups and your choice of our finest green teas. We can also provide a personalised Christmas gift message, gift wrap and fast next day delivery to the lucky recipient.
The Exotic Teapot team is getting into the festive spirit or should we say spirits. We have tried and tested a range of tea inspired cocktails, hard work we know but someone has to do it. Each cocktail is finished off with a beautiful flowering tea, guaranteed to wow your guests and make your Christmas or New Year's party one to remember.
Are you, like our cat, simply exhausted at the thought of any more Christmas shopping? Well, let us make it a whole lot simpler for you. Our range of Discovery Tea Sets make beautiful and unusual Christmas gifts. Starting at £24, they come presented in exquisite handmade gift boxes with a Glass Teapot and a tin of tea. You can enhance each set further by selecting a flowering or Supreme grade green tea, and adding a set of glass cups or a bamboo water tray. We can also include a personalised Christmas gift message and gift wrap so all that it left for you to do it put it under the tree. We also offer FREE Next Working Day delivery on all orders over £45.
We have a beautiful new range of Tenshi cast iron teapots, lovely eye catching Mizu designs and a gorgeous Elephant shaped teapot all for under £30 each! These Japanese style teapots are top quality cast iron, finished with an enamel interior and removable infuser. Designed to evenly distribute heat throughout the teapot allowing for the tea to perfectly infuse, also ensuring the tea stay piping hot for longer. Our cast iron teapots all come beautifully packaged in handmade gift boxes ready for you to put under the tree.
We have gorgeous range of glass teapots that will make the perfect gift for a tea lover and suit any budget. So, take the hassle out of the Christmas shopping and take a look at our range of glassware, we will even gift wrap it for you!