Feel. Bake. Better.
pressure honey milk tea muffins.
There’s a lot of pressure on all sides these days. It takes on different forms but it’s all the same in the end. It’s the weight (of it) that’s the hardest to manage – it can be crushing, and I don’t like it. I want to press on and do what I gotta do but it’s hard to rally under all this stress. I know I can do this though; I just need something to guide me through and maybe give me a little energy. I think I’ll bake.
something that’s a comfort to take along the way,
something that’s as warming and restoring as sweet milky tea on a stressful afternoon,
something with a lot of heart (and a dense crumb),
something with a milky, sweet, malty flavour...
- I’m pressured
- I’ll bake
- Honey Milk Tea Muffins
- Milky, Sweet, Malty
These muffins are made with tea, milk and honey. They create a vibe that so perfectly combines the leisure of afternoon tea with the hustle of getting it done…ah, relief!
Prep time: 20 minutes, Bake time: 25-30 minutes
Makes: 12 muffins
- ½ cup milk
- 2 orange pekoe tea bags
- 2 cups (304 g) all purpose flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¾ cup (160 g) sugar
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 tsp vanilla
Maybe this will help me rally…
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a microwave-safe dish, warm the milk for about 20-30 seconds (so it’s hot enough to steep the tea). Stir the milk then add the tea bag to it and let it steep for 3-4 minutes. Remove the tea bags. Set the milk aside to cool.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the oil and sugar together for about one minute. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating at high speed for each, until the mixture is light.
Stir in the honey, vanilla and milk (that’s been steeped with tea).
This smells like tea but in muffin form. Interesting!
Sift the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder into the oil and sugar mixture. Fold it in until there are no more streaks.
This is a place I know. It’s nice here.
Pour the batter evenly into each liner, filling them all the way to the top. Bake the muffins for 25-30 minutes. It’s ready when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
This is a solid muffin, in both taste and texture. It’s the thing you need to get you through this crazed, pressure-filled time. Remind yourself – “you can do anything”!
(Recipe and Photos courtesy of Emotional Baking©)
Feel. Bake. Better.
It’s not just about baking something to get you through the day.
It’s not about eating the whole tray to feel better.
It’s about getting lost in the process.
It’s about enjoying every moment.
It’s about sharing it with people that support and care about you.
Baking can be a lot of things – it can be distracting but simple, it can be movement with focus, it can be whatever you need when you need it. Choose a recipe to fit the mood and it becomes a useful tool as well – baking to quiet the mind, to connect with your emotions, or simply baking to feel emotional. Just think of the feelings you get and the emotions you experience when baking your favourite dessert…. excitement, relief, fulfillment, joy, accomplishment.
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Baking, while wonderful, can only help so much...
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