Cook to a Tea

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 31 Full-flavored, Single OriginDilmah Tea is the ideal complement to crisp autumn mornings and frosty winterevenings -- for sharing with friends or drinking while curled up with a book.What could be more pleasing and relaxing than the rich and satisfying handpicked "tea lover" classics from the Dilmah Gourmet Series -- Earl Grey,English Afternoon, English Breakfast, Ceylon Supreme? It's also a festive wayto spice up the holidays with baked treats made with the wonderfully authenticflavors of Dilmah.

In a small saucepan, heat milk just to the simmer. Off heat, add theteabags, submerging them completely. Set mixture aside to cool. When cool,remove teabags, squeezing them to remove liquid. Adjust rack to lower thirdof oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease and flour 12 muffin cups. In alarge bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the oatsand brown sugar. In a small bowl, combine the steeped tea milk, oil, and eggs.With a rubber spatula, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients andpour in the liquid mixture. Stir the ingredients together just to moisten andcombine. Do not over mix or the muffins will be tough and coarse in texture.Spoon thick batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each one 3/4 full.Bake 20 minutes or until muffin springs back when lightly pressed in center.Cool on wire rack for about 5 minutes before carefully removing from pan.Serve warm, if desired.

"As the weather turns cooler, tea lovers everywhere relish the delights offull-bodied classics like the varieties offered in the Dilmah Gourmet Series,"said Merrill J. Fernando, founder of Dilmah and widely acknowledged as thepatriarch of the Ceylon tea industry. "Each of Dilmah's classic teas -- EarlGrey, English Afternoon, English Breakfast, Ceylon Supreme -- is createdaccording to tradition and from decades of experience."

"My father had a dream to bring back the age-old growing, harvesting andcuring techniques which had been squeezed out of the tea industry in favor of'fast track' processes," Mr. Malik Fernando commented. "At the same time, hewanted to reward his growers and their families with a better deal for theirwork while investing in the community to make tea growing more sustainable. Bypackaging at source and through the activities of the MJF Foundation, we liketo say that Dilmah goes beyond fair trade -- we call it 'Ethical Trade'."

Product Availability

Dilmah 100% Pure, Single Origin Ceylon Tea is now available at over 1,000retailers throughout the Eastern Seaboard and Southeast, including Stop &Shop, Giant Food of Maryland, Hannaford Bros., Giant Food Stores of Carlisle,Sweetbay Supermarkets, Top's Market, Shoppers Food, Jungle Jim's, Acme Markets(Ohio) and Online at and's Holiday Seasonal Baking Recipe Oatmeal Tea Muffins 3/4 cup milk 3 contents of Dilmah Teabags (Preferably the English Breakfast Tea or Ceylon Supreme from Dilmah's Gourmet Series) 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 cup old-fashioned oats 3/4 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs 1 cup raisins

SOURCE Dilmah Tea

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