was introduced to Europe as a medicinal cure in the 1600s. In 1840, afternoon
tea was introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford to quell her hunger
pangs between lunch and dinner. The fancy British tea is traditionally served at
4 in the afternoon. Most tea in America comes from the orange pekoe variety. The
golden leaves contain tannin which are responsible for the flavor and color. One
teaspoon of tea leaves is perfect for each six ounces water. If you use herbal
tea steep 8 minutes. For green tea steep 3 minutes and for black tea, steep 5
Boiling water to heat teapot
Boiling water for tea
Sugar or honey
Whole or fat-free milk
Heat a teapot by filling it with boiling water. Discard water
after 2 minutes. It is helpful to know how many ounces of
water your teapot holds for the next step.
2. Measure 1 teaspoon tea leaves for each 6 ounces of water.
Place loose tea in a tea infuser, place in teapot. Fill teapot
with boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes or until it reaches the
Hint: For an English tea party, serve scones, small sandwiches
and cookies on a pretty plate lined with a doily.
Makes tea for 4