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One thing that comes up this time of year is the preponderance of high-calorie holiday desserts, from cakes to pies to puddings and candies. Some of you are going to be looking at this time of year as one of total danger — blowing your diet by overindulging in some of these sweet treats. Others will want to dive in and enjoy to the utmost. Whichever way you approach this, don’t forget the tea. It will help keep you from going too far, will add to the flavor and enjoyment of those sweet foods, or even substitute as a dessert all on it’s own.
Some teas to serve with various desserts:
Pu-erhs — Dark Chocolates, Coffee or Mocha Flavors
Any Oolongs — Dark Chocolate, Milk chocolate, white chocolate, Crêpes, Baklava, Pecan Pie, Ones with Apples, Ones with Black currants
Selected Premium Bao Zhong Tea (also known as PouChong Tea) — Baklava, Banana cream pie, Banana Bread, etc.
2011 Spring Imperial Yunnan Fengqing Golden Buds Black Tea — Milk chocolate, white chocolate, Ones with Coffee, Ones with Mocha Flavors, Fruit Compote or Tart
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Dragonwell (Longjing) like 2011 Spring Handmade Imperial West Lake Long Jing Green Tea — Milk or white chocolate, Pumpkin Pie, Carrot Cake, Cheesecake, Crème Brûlée/Caramel, Fruit Compote, Fruit Compote or Tart, Ones with Apples, Ones with Black currants, Ones with Strawberries
Keemun Hao Ya B ( whole leaf style) also called Gold Pekoe — Cheesecake, Vanilla flavored desserts
Ti Kuan Yin — Crème Brûlée/Caramel, Fruit Compote, Fruit Compote or Tart, Ones with Apples, Ones with Bananas, Ones with Strawberries
Formosa (Taiwanese) Oolongs — Ones with Coffee or Mocha Flavors
Keep this list in mind as you begin preparing your holiday party and family meal menus. Tea is a perfect complement to these sweet treats. They are also supposed to quell the appetite so that you do not overindulge in any of these things. Of course, you can always just have each of these teas by themselves, and their flavors will be so satisfying that your craving for sweets will be squashed!
One final point is about cheese. In some cultures cheeses are served as the final course, what we call the dessert course. There are a lot of teas that are perfect with these various cheeses, but I’ll have to save that for another article.