Black Tea Honey Muffins

 

I catch myself in a daydream, my marbled hazel eyes peering through a raindrop dotted window. Trees sit still in the dark morning light, shadows no where in sight. A cup of hot black tea sits near by, its steam fogging that rain-dotted window. I take a sip.

 

Like a slowly drawn breath, the tea courses through my body bringing with it a calm and quiet comfort. I slip back into a daydream.

 

These muffins are the wheat-flour equivalent of cornbread. With a lightly-spongey texture, and a just barely sweet bite, these muffins go great with a drizzle of honey. The black tea, large orange zest bits and walnuts all compete for your attention in the most subtle of ways. This is a muffin that begs to be served with a hot cup of tea.

 

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Black Tea Honey Muffins
 
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Ingredients
  • 2½ ounces wholewheat flour
  • 4 ounces all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup strong black tea
  • ½ cup cream
  • 2½ ounces unsalted butter, at room temp.
  • 2½ ounces honey
  • 1 ounce sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ounces walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon large orange zest bits
  • Honey for topping
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a muffin tin and set aside.
  2. Mix the flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt together, and set aside.
  3. In another bowl mix the tea and cream together, and set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a separate bowl, cream the butter, honey and sugar together.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add the vanilla and mix in well.
  6. Add half of the dry ingredients. Mix in well. Add half of the wet ingredients and mix in well. Repeat until all the dry and wet ingredients are used and a batter forms. Take care not to overmix.
  7. Add the walnuts and orange zest. Mix until evenly distributed.
  8. Evenly distribute the batter into a muffin tin.
  9. Bake in a preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. After removing from the oven, flip each muffin on its side in the muffin tin to let air circulate around each muffin. Let cool.
 

Enjoy!

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AUTHOR - Russell van Kraayenburg

Food nerd. Cookbook author. Founder of Chasing Delicious. Pastry cook at Fluff Bake Bar. Lover of hot dogs. Russell van Kraayenburg founded Chasing Delicious in 2010 and has been chasing delicious recipes ever since. Russell is author of the cookbooks Haute Dogs and Making Dough.

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    Brilliant, my friend. Sexiest muffin I’ve ever seen ;-)

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    These look and sound absolutely awesome!!!

  • Winnie

    I love tea and now you’ ve gone and put it in a muffin. Genius.

  • Amber

    I love the way these muffins are a combination of soothing black tea and a pastry. The texture seems lovely as well!

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    Absolutely love these muffins, fabulous snaps!

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      I really like the Photographs ,I really like the combination of Black tea.

  • Kankana

    Muffins, I think are the best quick treat to cheer up any day!

  • Heather

    I love the photo with the hand shot and the honey dripping off of the muffins like icicles.

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day

    Pretty sure these are the most gorgeous muffins I have ever laid eyes on.

  • Erika

    That is serious food porn in that 1st picture…I bet these muffins fill your house with the most amazing aroma while baking…

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    Awesome photograph! They look and sound so great :)

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Holy moley, that shot of the honey is beautiful! Love this!

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    These sound incredible!

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    Sexiest muffins I have ever seen! :-) Gorgeous.

  • Cheria

    Looks so good… As usual.

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  • Sarah

    I love that gravity defying muffin on top, what a great shot. Looks perfect.

  • Joanne

    Infusing tea into muffins or into any baked good always sounds incredibly comforting to me. These would be ideal to wake up to!

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    Wowwww. The subtle sweetness of this muffin must be amazing with that honey!

  • thelittleloaf

    Look at all that lovely runny honey! Gorgeous shots and great recipe – I adore tea in baked goods.

  • Bob

    Made these this morning. Delicious with honey; with raspberry jam for lunch and with a little butter for an evening snack! All good. Great texture. Love your photos.

  • Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats

    Looks fabulous and am sure it tastes great. Love how the honey drizzles down and that shot is giving me goose bumps! LOVE it!!!! Will try this muffin recipe out this weekend. I need some pick me up treats :P. ♥

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  • JulieD

    Love black tea! These muffins look beautiful!!

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    I love how you photographed those with the “honey squeeze” what a genius and dynamic shot! LOVE!

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    Those look sinfully delightful indeed!

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    Love this photo! These sound like the perfect any-time-of-the-day snack….mwah!

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    I cannot even describe to you how much I just love your photos! Not only do these sound amazing but this photo makes them seem irresistible!

  • James Hough

    I made these this morning. DELICIOUS! I used Earl Grey in mine.
    NOTE: You mentioned in the Method of adding vanilla, but it’s not listed in the ingredient list. I assumed a teaspoon as in most baked goodies. :-)

  • Ashlae

    I make a chai tea muffin and it’s my favorite muffin ever. Going to have to try these- they’re probably going to be my new favorite. Walnuts + orange zest = WIN

  • Stephanie

    God I love tea and muffins together. These sound delicious and perfect for my boyfriend who likes baking to be on the less-sweet side

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    I think I just found my new obsession! I love that it uses whole wheat flour. :)

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    Are you kidding me with these pictures? Seriously – your talent is endless.

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    Wow what an interesting combination of flavors. Baking with tea is definitely something I would like to do more of. These look scrumptious.

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