Queen Elizabeth II, 94, is served tea every afternoon without fail and usually enjoys the very British beverage with a scone or slice of cake. While there are many ways to drink black tea an expert has shared how to make the perfect cuppa.
UK tea firm Twinings has been supplying the Royal Family its tea for more than century and are experts in how to prepare the perfect brew.
Queen Victoria was the first British royal to get her black tea from Twinings in 1837 – a relationship that has lasted until this day.
Twinings’ boss and brand director Stephen Twining is in the 10th generation of his family’s business and has shared the secret to making the perfect mug of tea.
According to Mr Twining, it’s all to do with letting the teabag sit – for at least four minutes.
The tea connoisseur told Town And Country: “We’ve had the honour of supplying every successive British King and Queen from that day to the very current day.”
While the Twining family will not reveal the Queen’s favourite blend of tea, Stephen did share how to make a flawless mug of the stuff.
How to make a perfect cup of tea
1.) First, warm your kettle with hot water and discard that liquid.
2.) Then, draw fresh cold water, and heat it to exactly its boiling point. (Note: green tea requires a slightly lower temperature.)
3.) Immediately pour the water over your tea bag, and wait—maybe longer than seems necessary—for the cup to steep.
Mr Twinings said: ”In tea, colour is not flavour.
“So even if you think your tea looks ready, let it sit for the full four minutes.”
4.) Add milk and sugar to taste, and enjoy!
Mr Twining said: “You must enjoy it the way you like it.”
Earlier this year, Buckingham Palace shared how to make the perfect afternoon tea treat – scones.
How to make the Queen’s favourite scones
3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (450grams)
1 stick soft butter (113grams)
½ cup plus 1 Tbs granulated sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 egg ¾ – 1 ¼ cups of milk
1 cup raisins (if making fruit scones)
1 egg yolk for glazing
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Set the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder and sugar.
Add and rub in the butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg and about three-quarters of a cup of milk.
With a metal, spoon bring the mixture together making sure you do not over mix it or you will tighten the dough.
If the mixture is a little dry add more of the remaining milk gradually. (You don’t want the mix too dry, or too set that it sticks to the rolling pin.)
Lightly dust the table with flour and roll out the dough to about one inch thick. Then cut using a two inch round cookie cutter.
Place on a baking sheet about one inch apart and brush the tops with the beaten egg yolk.
Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes.
When cooked, lift onto a wire rack to cool.
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