- If you live in a hard water area you can filter your water before boiling it in the kettle which will reduce the scum like film forming in your tea and coffee and staining your mug or cup.
- To avoid tea and coffee stains try to rinse your mugs and cups with warm water immediately after use.
- Hand washing is best, but not with anything abrasive that could scratch the surface of the bone china.
- When using the dishwasher make sure you stack the items so they are not touching each other to avoid scratches and potential damage and use the gentlest washing cycle.
- To remove stains you can use hot water with denture tablets and soak or make a paste with bicarbonate of soda as a gentle scrub.
I jotted this recipe down years ago when I was watching a cooking show. I love baking and making desserts but I often put it off because of the shopping lists and the chaos I create in the kitchen. This recipe is super quick and can be made a day in advance. Despite being so simple you can make the little pots look really smart by using little tea cups or espresso cups and serving on a saucer for an afternoon treat or for dessert with coffee at a dinner party.
Chocolate Orange Pots
120 ml double cream
120 ml milk
180 g plain chocolate
zest of 1 orange
200 ml double cream
2 tbsp. Grand Marnier or similar liqueur
plain chocolate shavings
Heat the cream and milk in a pan with the orange zest, do not allow to boil.
Break up the chocolate into pieces and place in a blender. Remove the small lid from the main lid.
Pour the hot liquid over the chocolate. Place a tea towel over the lid and blitz to fully melt the chocolate. Then add the egg and blitz again. Pour into espresso cups or small ramekins and leave to set in the fridge, for a few hours or overnight.
Once set whip the cream and add the liqueur and spoon/pipe on top of the pots and finish with chocolate shavings. Lovely on it’s own but could be paired with a shortbread or biscotti.
You may think I am being biased when I say tea always tastes better from a bone china mug, but there is science behind it.
Aren’t all ceramics the same, I hear you say? Yes sort of, all ceramic items are made of clay and fired in a kiln. However the composition of the clay, manufacturing processes and the temperature they are fired at will determine the ceramic’s properties, so not all ceramic mugs and cups are equal when serving up your favourite hot beverage.
Bone china is very similar to porcelain, both can be formed in the lightweight shapes that are strong and durable. Mugs and cups with a thinner lip transfer liquid into your mouth in a smoother manner, allowing your taste buds to experience the maximum exposure. Bone china also retains hear and is non-porous so is very easy to clean and does not leach into your drink.
All these properties give you a hotter and better tasting cup of tea or coffee.