When thinking of iced tea varieties, few are as vibrant and refreshing as this Sweetbird Raspberry Iced Tea Syrup. The fruity and sweet flavours of raspberry juice are expertly blended with real tea extract. The end product: a syrup which just needs to be added to still water to unlock its delicious, uplifting qualities. This mix of iced tea and raspberry also works as a supporting ingredient in a wide assortment of desserts and drinks.
Believed to have begun life largely in Eastern Asia, the raspberry is part of the rose family. Although there are over 200 types of raspberries in existence, there are two major varieties: the black raspberry, and the red raspberry. As for how long the fruit has been around for, archaeological evidence notes how cave dwellers during the Old Stone Age would eat raspberries. Now while historical evidence details how the raspberry was valued for the sweet taste and nutrients it provided, another aspect of the berry was appreciated even more: its leaves. These leaves have long been a feature of medicinal treatments. Even today, tisane and herbal teas utilise raspberry leaves because they assist in soothing menstrual cramps and aiding the digestive system.
The popularity of raspberries both as a food and therapeutic property didnt slow down during the Middle Ages. King Edward I is recognised for his work in encouraging raspberry cultivation throughout England during the 13th century. In the United States, another famous cultivator of the fruit was George Washington.
As for raspberries ending up as an ingredient in iced tea, this is a relatively modern occurrence. The main reason behind this is because iced tea was only invented during the 1800s. Although recipes for iced tea cropped up throughout the century, the drink struggled to achieve mainstream success for one reason: the limited use of refrigeration technology. As refrigeration gained traction, so did iced tea. Then in 1904 at The Worlds Fair, the drink was a smash hit and became something of an overnight success. Additional flavourings would appear in the beverage some years later. One of these flavourings, raspberry, is now found in a wide range of iced tea products.
All About Raspberry Crumb Squares
This traybake is not only easy to make, but its also a hit with the entire family. Fruity and hearty in equal measure, this dessert places raspberries at the forefront. Not only are raspberries packed into the crumb squares, but the accompanying whipped cream is also flavoured with raspberry iced tea, which you can make at home in seconds using a whipped cream dispenser and cream chargers.
What you will need:
Butter, for greasing
Plain flour (375g)
Caster sugar (300g)
Butter, softened (225g)
Baking powder (1 tsp)
Ground cinnamon (1/2 tsp)
Salt, a pinch
Fresh raspberries (500g)
Cornflour (3 tsp)
Sweetbird Raspberry Iced Tea Syrup (60ml)
Fresh cream (240ml)
Whipped cream dispenser
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 5/190C. Grab a 20x30cm tin and grease this with butter.
- In a large bowl, pour in the plain flour, 200g of the caster sugar, butter, egg, baking powder, ground cinnamon and salt. Mix these ingredients together well, and continue with this process until dough is formed. The dough should have a crumbly texture. Get approximately half of the dough and press this into the tin.
- In a separate bowl, pour in the remaining caster sugar, fresh raspberries and cornflour. Mix these three ingredients together. Pour this mixture over the dough thats residing in the tin. Remember the other half of the dough that hasnt been used yet? Now it is time to crumble this dough and sprinkle it over the raspberries.
- Place the raspberry crumb into the oven for approximately 45 minutes. Watch for the top of the crumb to become slightly brown, as this is a sign it is cooked. When done, remove the tin from the oven and leave to cool.
- As the raspberry crumb cools, attention turns to the whipped cream. To make this element of the dish, you will need a whipped cream dispenser. With the dispenser on hand, open it up and pour in the fresh cream and Sweetbird Raspberry Iced Tea Syrup. Securely close and tighten the lid, attach a cream charger to the dispenser, and then give the device a lively shake. Continue to shake the dispenser for about ten seconds, as this will help guarantee a light and airy whipped cream is produced.
Note: Depending on the amount of whipped cream desired, it may be necessary to use multiple cream chargers/ more whipping cream. Add more syrup as required.
- Slice up the raspberry crumb into squares and serve on plates. Before handing those plates out, however, dont forget to lavish the crumb with a liberal amount of raspberry iced tea-flavoured whipped cream.
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