When we lived in France, I developed a love for Vanilla Tea. There is something about vanilla that works magically well when combined with tea. My current favourite tea is Dilmah Rose with French Vanilla. Some of the other vanilla teas that I have found both here and in the USA are a poor substitute for the real thing, often lacking in that real vanilla flavour hit.
You can easily make your own vanilla tea and I have been experimenting with my own vanilla blend.
You will need:
1 cup of good quality loose leaf tea (I used English Breakfast as it is unflavoured and compliments the vanilla well)
1 vanilla bean – cut down the centre to release the vanilla flavour.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place the tea, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean into a tin or jar. Close the lid, shake to combine, and leave the tea to infuse for at least a week. (You can reuse the vanilla bean in the next batch. ). I used masking tape labels from Crafty Japan to label an old Jasmine Tea tin.
I was so pleased with the results. I am planning on searching out some pretty tins and making some Vanilla Tea to put in Christmas hampers.
Nothings beats a nice cup of tea (especially when served in a special tea cup that my Grandmother gave me for my confirmation)!