A PERFECT POT OF TEA


Ellen Bales Recipe

By Ellen Bales Starwriter


Rating:
Serves:
2-4
Prep:
5 Min
Cook:
5 Min
Comments:

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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Ingredients

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

1
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.
2
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.
3
Let steep in pot, uncovered (to avoid stewing) for 2 to 3 minutes.
4
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.
5
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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7 Comments

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Mar 30, 2015 - Ellen Bales shared this recipe with discussion group: CAN WE TALK?.
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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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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.
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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.
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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