English Breakfast Tea Recipes

English Breakfast recipes

There’s English Breakfast tea and there’s perfect English Breakfast tea. If you are looking for a perfect tea to give your morning a boost, this classic blend may become your go-to tea. It tastes delicious on its own, but you can also add extra notes by steeping it with fresh fruits or adding different condiments.

What can you mix with English Breakfast tea?

English Breakfast is a classic tea created 200 years ago. Today, this tea can be made by blending different black loose tea leaves from different countries. Although every blend will be slightly different, they will always have a similar flavor profile. English Breakfast tea tastes bold, smooth, rich, but milder than pure Assam tea. Flavor profile will range from blend to blend, but it will always go well with milk and some other condiments and ingredients. It’s great for making tea lattes too.

Best condiments for English Breakfast tea:

  • Honey
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Muscovado sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Agave syrup
  • Jam or marmalade
  • Simple syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Green cardamom

If you want to add fruity flavor, try steeping your tea leaves together with some:

  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Raspberries
  • Mango
  • Coconut shreds

Or add a delicate floral note with:

  • Osmanthus flowers
  • Rose petals
  • Jasmine flowers

Although many other ingredients may blend well with English Breakfast tea, if you want to drink it the proper way – with milk – sweet and floral ingredients will be better than minty and zesty ones.

English Breakfast Tea Recipes + Add Ins

For all three recipes, always preheat your teapot or a mug by pouring boiling water in and immediately out of the teapot or a mug. By this time, the water temperature in the kettle has dropped for a degree or two and it will be perfect for steeping black tea. Always use fresh spring water instead of distilled or tap water.

Classic English Breakfast

You could make a cup of tea by simply pouring water over a tea bag or tea leaves, steeping it for 5 minutes and adding milk and sugar. But if you want to enjoy the best cup, details and ingredients matter. Firstly, make sure your tea leaves are fresh. Use tea leaves because they will brew into a more aromatic and refined cup than tea bags. Water will have a huge impact on the taste, so always choose spring water instead of distilled or tap water.

Ingredients:

  • 3 grams of English Breakfast tea blend
  • 1 rounded teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 1 spoon of milk
  • A cup of water

Instructions:

  1. Add fresh spring water to your kettle and bring it to a boil.
  2. Add 3 grams of tea leaves into your teapot.
  3. Pour boiled hot water over tea leaves, cover and let it steep for 3 minutes. If you want a stronger brew, steep for maximum of 5 minutes, never longer.
  4. Strain the tea into a cup or a mug.
  5. Add sugar and stir.
  6. Add milk and stir again. The best milk for English Breakfast tea is semi-skimmed cow’s milk, but you can try it with other non dairy creamy milks such as cashew milk.

English breakfast peach tea

On mornings when a cup of fruity tea is all you want, adding some fresh fruits may turn your regular English Breakfast blend into a fruity flavor explosion. Fresh fruits are a wonderful addition while brewing tea leaves, because they will release much more flavor than dried fruits. If you ever had iced peach tea, you know how wonderful they are when blended with black tea.

Ingredients:

  • 3 grams of English breakfast tea blend
  • ½-1 level teaspoon of brown sugar – optional, because peaches will add a sweet note to your tea.
  • ½ larger ripe peach
  • 1 spoon of milk
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions:

  1. Wash and slice the peach. If you are using an organic peach, you don’t need to peel it.
  2. Bring water to a boil.
  3. Add 3 grams of tea leaves together with peach slices into your teapot.
  4. Pour boiled hot water over tea leaves and peach slices.
  5. Steep for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Use a strainer to strain the tea into a mug. Gently press peach slices to squeeze out the juice and tea.
  7. Add sugar and stir.
  8. Add milk and stir again.

English breakfast with cinnamon

Cinnamon will add a lovely aromatic note to smooth and rich English Breakfast blend. Choose cinnamon powder or cinnamon chips rather than cinnamon sticks as they will release more flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 3 grams of English Breakfast tea blend
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1 spoon of milk
  • A cup of water
  • A pinch of powdered Indonesian cinnamon or 1/3 teaspoon of cinnamon chips.

Instructions:

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add 3 grams of tea leaves into your teapot or an infuser. If you are using cinnamon chips, add them now.
  3. Pour boiled hot water over tea leaves and let it steep for 3 minutes.
  4. Strain into a cup and add honey. If you are using cinnamon powder, add it now. Stir.
  5. Add milk and stir again.

Can’t get enough of English Breakfast tea?

Want to know more about this classic type of tea? Read more about the origin and caffeine content of English Breakfast tea, and find out is it stronger than Earl Grey or Irish Breakfast tea.

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