Vanilla-Scented Tea Recipe

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For a tea that complements both sweet and savory items, our Test Kitchen suggests this mildly flavored version.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 4 teaspoons English breakfast tea leaves or other black tea leaves


  1. Place water in a large saucepan. Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds into water; add bean. Bring just to a boil.
  2. Place tea leaves in a teapot. Pour vanilla water over tea leaves; cover and steep for 3 minutes. Strain tea, discarding leaves and bean. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Vanilla-Scented Tea in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2007, p202

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