Ellen Bales Recipe

By Ellen Bales Starwriter

5 Min
5 Min

There is nothing quite so comforting as a good hot cup of tea, no matter the outside temperature. The British have the right idea here. A cup of coffee, while very nice, just doesn't quite provide the same feeling as a nice tea does.
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fresh cold water to fill pot
5 tsp
loose tea (1 tsp. per person and one for the pot) or 4 teabags
sweetener, to taste
add lemon, milk, etc. to preferred taste

Directions Step-By-Step

Start with enough fresh cold water to fill the teapot. Place water in tea kettle on top of stove, or in electric kettle and bring just to a boil.
Pour a small amount of the hot water into your teapot and swish around; then discard. (You may also do the same with your teacups, to avoid shocking the loose tea or bags.) Add the loose tea or teabags. Pour hot water over tea.
Let steep in pot, uncovered (to avoid stewing) for 2 to 3 minutes.
If you like milk in your tea, pour a small amount into cup BEFORE adding brewed tea. Pour the tea, using a tea strainer. Taste and sweeten to your liking.
NOTES: If brewing tea bags, 3 minutes' steeping time should be enough. If using loose tea, especially Earl Grey and Lady Grey, five minutes is needed. Do not brew loose tea any longer than seven minutes.
Store loose tea or tea bags in a sealed jar or tin to keep them fresh.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Hot Drinks
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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Pearl Florick pearliedee
Dec 9, 2012
Ellen, your timing posting this is so one the money!!!! Having a Christmas tea for some friends this Saturday. Good to read this "refresher" for me (haven't hostessed a tea in years!) Just a few miles up the road from us is a wonderful tea room, The Whistling Kettle, in Ballston Spa NY (perhaps some members from this area are familiar with it) and up in Glens Falls NY (my hometown and where I work) is a wonderful tea shop in the old shirt makers factory building. I buy my loose teas at these shops. Planning on serving English Breakfast tea and Darjeeling at the tea. Would like to know what you would suggest for tea selections. Thanks!!!!
Ellen Bales Starwriter
Dec 9, 2012
I think those are both good choices, Pearl. My personal favorite has to be Earl Grey--I love it! And I'm growing fond of green tea as well. Twinings makes a Lemon Twist and also a Lemon & Ginger that I'm partial to. If you serve either of these, be sure and provide some honey--yum! And there's always the Chai that's quite popular. Don't care for it myself, just my personal taste.
And now you've got me curious--what foods are you serving? My niece is giving a tea next Tuesday but I can't go because I have to work. Teas are really special, I think, completely different from going out to lunch.
I hope it's a huge success, Pearl!
Pearl Florick pearliedee
Dec 9, 2012
Thanks Ellen.
I am loving green tea too, with honey.
I am keeping the food simple, there will be ten of us. Serving tea sandwiches, cream cheese w/ cucumber & mint, watercress w/ smooth egg sal, goat cheese w/ procuitto and stilton w/pear and walnut.
Mini scones (just a basic cream scone) and Devonshire cream
Egg nog bundt cake
IF I get really ambitious I may make a few Italian cookies too!!!! BIG IF right now!!! LOL
One friend did ask if I would be making my chocolate cake and peanut butter fudge frosting which is her favorite, so I will do that since she asked for it, but hadn't really thought to do that.
The tea is at 2 pm so I thought most may have had either a later breakfast or a light lunch prior to the tea.
My friends and I have discussed that given our growing families, and the economy we should forego gifts for each other and spend some friend time instead. I feel that this tea is my "gift" to them and I do plan on making it a tradition (providing it is successful)
Haven't hostessed a tea in many years!!!! Woefully out of practice.Thanks for your help and suggestions I do appreciate it!!!!
I am sure your niece's tea will be lovely, sorry you have to miss it!!!!
Thank you again
Ellen Bales Starwriter
Dec 9, 2012
The food sounds great, Pearl. Especially the Stilton w/pear and walnut--WOW!
It all sounds as if you've got a hit on your hands. Glad I could help.
Pearl Florick pearliedee
Dec 19, 2012
Hi Ellen, the tea was a huge success. Looking forward to doing another at Easter time. The food was good. I could not find stilton so I used roquetford in place of the stilton. It was just as good. I will try to add the pictures, just as soon as I can get my husband to help me (I am a tech weenie) I wanted to thank you for your help and encouragement.
Ellen Bales Starwriter
Dec 19, 2012
You're welcome, Pearl. I'm glad it was such a success for you! Can't wait to see the pix!
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