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Earl Grey Tea Buns Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) cold butter, cut into small cubes
- 1/2 cup Earl Grey tea, cooled
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg

Special Equipment Needed:
- Medium bowl
- Whisk
- Wooden spoon
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. Add the butter cubes and use a wooden spoon to mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
4. Add the Earl Grey tea, buttermilk, and egg. Mix until a soft dough forms.
5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes.
6. Form the dough into a log and cut into 8 equal pieces.
7. Place the pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
8. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
9. Let cool before serving.

Time:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
Temperature: 375°F
Serving Size: 8 buns

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 150
Fat: 6g
Carbohydrates: 20g
Protein: 3g

Substitutions for Ingredients
- Butter: You can substitute vegan butter or margarine for the butter.
- Buttermilk: You can substitute regular milk or almond milk for the buttermilk.

Variations:
- You can add 1/4 cup of dried fruit or nuts to the dough for added flavor and texture.
- You can also add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or nutmeg to the dough for a spiced flavor.

Tips and Tricks:
- Make sure the butter is cold when adding it to the dough. This will help keep the buns light and fluffy.
- If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour.

Storage Instructions:
The buns can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Reheating Instructions:
The buns can be reheated in the oven at 350°F for 5-7 minutes.

Presentation Ideas:
The buns can be served warm with butter or jam.

Garnishes:
The buns can be garnished with a sprinkle of powdered sugar or a drizzle of honey.

Pairings:
The buns pair well with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

Suggested Side Dishes:
The buns can be served with a side of fresh fruit or a salad.

Troubleshooting Advice:
If the buns are too dry, add a bit more buttermilk to the dough.

Food Safety Advice:
Make sure all ingredients are stored and handled properly to prevent foodborne illness.

Food History:
Tea buns are a traditional British treat that have been enjoyed for centuries.

Flavor Profiles:
The buns have a light and fluffy texture with a subtle Earl Grey flavor.

Serving Suggestions:
The buns can be served as a snack or dessert.

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Region: British

Taste: Sweet, Buttery, Bergamot, Fragrant, Bergamot-Scented