Plum Deluxe Teas

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One of my favourite things about having this blog is being able to support and tell you all about small, independent food and beverage companies here in Portland.

About a month ago I was contacted by Andy Hayes, founder and owner of Plum Deluxe.

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Plum Deluxe is a Portland-based tea company. They hand-blend small batches of a variety of loose-leaf teas with the idea that people should take some time to slow down and enjoy the little things in life over a cup of tea.

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Every tea blend is organic, non-GMO, vegan, free of chemicals and sulfites, with ingredients sourced from right here in the Pacific Northwest. I was sent samples of the Oregon Breakfast Black Tea and the Portland Rose City Chai and they were delicious! I’m a tea girl, and I can be pretty picky about the teas I drink; I thoroughly enjoyed both of these (although I think the Chai blend was my favourite ;))

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Through their website you can order any of their current blends — they’ve got some good ones! Or, if you’re like me and tea is your thing, you can sign up to join their “tea of the month” club. For $10/month, you will receive 1 oz. of a custom tea (enough for about 20 cups) made especially for club members as well as a 2nd tea sample from their current selection of tea blends (teas are usually $7/oz). You will also get tea-inspired recipes, discounts and special offers, as well as a couple of surprise gifts and treats throughout the year.

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You can purchase membership to the tea of the month club in 3, 6 or 12 month increments.

A friend of mine and I have had countless incredible conversations over cups of tea, so I can attest to the power of tea and conversation.

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I’m working on developing a recipe or two using these blends, so stay tuned for those. In the meantime, happy tea-drinking!

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Earl Grey Scones with Lemon Drizzle

I’m obsessed with tea. I drink so much of it my family calls me a teapot. So it was only a matter of time before I incorporated one of my favourite beverages in with my baking.

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I drink Earl Grey pretty much every night before I go to bed {that makes me sound like a little old lady, doesn’t it?}. It’s a black tea infused with bergamot oil which is an oil found in the rinds of bergamot oranges, giving this tea a subtle citrus flavour.

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We recently had a couple of people from New Zealand stay with us and one of them was just about as obsessed with tea as I am. Kindred spirits!

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These scones are so easy to make and take hardly any time at all. Mix it, knead it a little, cut it up and bake ’em.

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Piece of cake (scone?).

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When you knead the dough it’ll be a little sticky, so make sure you have some flour nearby so the dough doesn’t stick to your countertop or your hands.

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I cut my scones into 12 triangles, but feel free to cut out any shapes you want. I’m partial to circle scones, too.

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The glaze for these little guys is super simple and adds just a little extra citrus flavour to the scones.

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In other news, I have my official culinary school graduation ceremony TOMORROW! And look at this beautiful chef jacket I get. Way better than a cap and gown.

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These scones are delicious by themselves, but I also love them with a cup of tea {duh}. A neutral black tea or Earl Grey are my go-to’s.

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Earl Grey Scones with Lemon Drizzle:
Makes 12 scones

Ingredients:

Scones

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Earl Grey teabags
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 12 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk

Lemon Drizzle

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Scant 1/4 cup lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, tea, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Cut in the butter until the butter is in pea-size pieces.
  4. Whisk together your egg and milk. Add to the flour mixture and stir to create a dough.
  5. Turn out onto a floured countertop and knead for about 30 seconds. Pat dough into a circle and cut into 12 triangles. Bake in oven for 15 minutes.
  6. While scones are cooling, make your lemon glaze by combining the powdered sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  7. Once cool, drizzle lemon glazer over the top.

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