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Traditional Earl Grey tea

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Origin of dish:  UK
Type of cooking:  Hob
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (serves 4):

    Earl Grey tea, loose or in bags
    Boiling water
    Lemon, if desired
    Sugar to taste


To make this bergamot-fragranced tea properly, you need to let the tea steep for long enough to let the flavour infuse.

Boil a kettle of water, then warm teapot up by pouring a little in, swilling it around, then discarding.
Measure tea into teapot - use one spoonful for each person, plus one for the pot, or a teabag per person.
Pour boiling water over tea, stir, then add lid and leave to stand for five minutes.

Meanwhile, if you take your Earl Grey with milk, put a small amount of milk in each tea cup. This is done first, so as not to burn the fat in the milk.

Pour tea over milk, using a strainer if you used loose tea.
Add sugar to taste, then ejoy!
Advice: Earl Grey is the best tea for making lemon tea, thanks to it's bergamot scent. Just add a slice of lemon instead of milk.
Tea and cakes are two of lifes greatest pleasure... try our Earl Grey cake recipe, Honey scones, Muffins, or Scottish shortbread.

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