Perfect English Tea

Total Time
15mins
Prep
10 mins
Cook
5 mins

This is more of a technique than a recipe. I adapted this from the Food Network. this would be great using mint or herb teas!

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 1 tablespoon tea leaves (your choice-I like decaf and herbal)
  • milk, to taste
  • sugar, to taste
  • lemon slice (optional)
  • honey (optional)

Directions

  1. Fill a saucepan with cold water and put it on the stove to boil.
  2. As the water just begins to boil, pour a little of it into a teapot to warm it, swirling the water around and then discarding it.
  3. For each cup of tea, place a spoonful of loose tea leaves into the empty warmed teapot.
  4. Pour the boiling water into the teapot and let the tea steep 3 to 6 minutes, depending on the type of tea leaves.
  5. Gently stir the tea before pouring it through a strainer into teacups.
  6. Serve with milk and sugar, or lemon slices and honey, to your taste. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

5 5

I had no idea this was the proper way.I used Earl Grey teabags but can't wait to try it with loose tea leaves. The tea might taste bitter if squeezing the tea bags. That's what I used to do and my NZ friend taught me not to. It was my first time makind it the proper way rather than boiling the water and pouring it in the mug.thanks sharon

5 5

This is the way my Uncle Colin Dyson (r.i.p.) taught me to make a "proper tea" I've always used fresh cold water, and warmed my pot. I too wish that restaraunts would learn to boil their water!