|1 qt||rapidly boiling water|
|5 tsp||leaf tea, or 5 teabags|
|1||china teapot, warmed with hot water|
|1||tea infuser or tea strainer|
I have a very British streak in me, which comes from my ancestral history. We have usually had Tea as a meal at our house in the afternoons, and if I can find a Tea Shop to visit in my travels, I always enjoy it.
This recipe for making tea includes much more than just how to boil water. I hope you enjoy the information.
Be sure to check out my new cookbook on Just A Pinch, named "Let's Have Tea."
**START** with properly heated water. Place tea or teabags in a teapot that has been warmed with hot water. Pour the water slowly over tea leaves or teabags, then stir. Let steep 5 minutes for most BLACK TEAS. See below for variations on steeping time for different types of teas.
Water does not have to be at full boil for green tea; the recommended temperature is 180°, and steep for only 3 minutes. Be sure to stir well before straining and pouring, to get all the health benefits from green tea.
The HIGH TEA in Britain is a full meal served after 5:00, and may include sausages, eggs, fish, or other main dishes in addition to scones and vegetables.
The AFTERNOON TEA is served around 4:00 and includes small scones, biscuits or cakes, dainty sandwiches, and bread with butter and jam or Devonshire Cream.
Soften 6 ounces of cream cheese, and beat until light and fluffy. Fold in 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt, and 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar until well blended. Refrigerate until serving time.