15/11/2015

Earl Grey Vanilla Tea Latte (London Fog)

I don't drink coffee. I know, that's probably hard to believe since I have two kids 3 and under but I just never got into it and now I can barely choke down a latte without feeling like I've eaten rocks. Tea on the other hand...well, that's a different story. Some of my earliest memories are of tea parties with my grandma and I just grew up loving it. There's almost nothing better than a warm cup of tea with milk on a cool day and if I'm at home, you'll almost always find a mug of tea within my reach. A few years ago I was introduced to the idea of a tea latte - strong tea brewed with milk and other added flavours. After my first London Fog I was hooked!! But since I don't enjoy spending $5 on one cup (and really, who does??) and I'm not a big fan of all the sugar and chemical sweeteners and flavours in those coffee shop drinks, I was determined to come up with a homemade version that would satisfy. This recipe has only 4 ingredients, it's so delicious, and if you like tea lattes as much as I do, you're going to love it!

Earl Grey Vanilla Tea Latte (London Fog) by The Busy Baker

Earl Grey Vanilla Tea Latte (London Fog) by The Busy Baker

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You'll need:

2 cups water
2 Earl Grey tea bags (your favourite brand. I like Stash Tea.)
2 tbsp liquid honey
4 cups milk (I use skim or 1%)
1 vanilla bean


To make:

Set a medium pot over high heat and add the water. When the water begins to boil, turn the heat to low and add the tea bags.  Let the tea steep until it's as dark and strong as possible (about 5-7 minutes).

While you're waiting for the tea to steep slice open the vanilla bean pod and scrape the seeds out using the back of a paring knife. Set the pod and the seeds aside.

Remove the tea bags from the pot and stir in the honey until it dissolves.

Add the milk, the vanilla bean seeds and the whole vanilla bean pod to the pot and stir gently with a spoon until the mixture reaches a simmer. Keep the heat low to prevent the mixture from boiling and to maintain a low simmer. Let the mixture simmer for about 4-5 minutes over low heat, stirring every minute or two.

Strain the mixture as you pour it into 4 mugs. Some of the vanilla bean seeds will sneak through the strainer but the strainer will catch the big chunks. This will create a beautifully speckled appearance to the latte mixture and the addition of real vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract creates an intense vanilla flavour that's the perfect compliment to the flavour of the Earl Grey. If you can't find vanilla bean pods, feel free to add 2-3 tsp of real vanilla extract instead. The flavour won't be quite as intense, but it will still be delicious!!

Earl Grey Vanilla Tea Latte (London Fog) by The Busy Baker

It's a good idea to serve these tea lattes right away while they're hot off the stove, but you can also portion them out into mason jars and keep them in the fridge for a few days. Just shake well, re-heat and enjoy whenever you need a little pick-me-up!

Earl Grey Vanilla Tea Latte (London Fog) by The Busy Baker

I love creating recipes like this because there's almost always a way to make a favourite treat healthier at home with natural ingredients. One serving (1.5 cups) of this Earl Grey Vanilla Tea Latte is only 3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus if you use skim milk (fat-free milk). If you use 1% milk, one serving is only 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comments below, what's your favourite coffee shop treat to make at home?

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18 comments:

  1. mmm.... where do you get vanilla beans??

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    1. Thanks Christine! The best place to get vanilla beans in Canada is Bulk Barn. They usually have them at the cash register :) You can always use real vanilla extract instead of vanilla beans. The flavour is not quite as intense, but it's still delicious! Hope you enjoy!

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  2. I need this immediately! LOL Looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks Ashley!! I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. i love drinking hot beverages..i always almost order earl grey latte at a cafe so im super excited to see this homemade version. thank you much!!!!

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    1. I always order Earl Grey Lattes too! :) I hope you enjoy making your own now!

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  4. I love London Fogs so much, my favorite! Before I go to bed, I like to drink it and I use all these ingredients, plus infuse it with lavender. I suggest infusing it with lavender because it adds such a nice taste! Great for relaxing too, thank you for this recipe!♡

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    1. It would be great with lavender! Thanks for the idea!

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  5. Thank you for teaching how to make a latte at home! I didn't know the process and this can be used with any tea flavor, I assume. But my favorite tea is Earl Grey!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post! I hope you give the recipe a try!

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  6. I just made this and it was absolutely fantastic! Wonderful recipe! I tried it with a little cinnamon too and it adds a really nice hint of flavor :)

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    1. That's great! I'm so glad you stopped by to let me know you enjoyed it! Thank you!! :)

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  7. I love earl grey anything and I love that it's so easy to make with few ingredients. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Pam! It sounds like you love it for all the same reasons I do!

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  8. I use Sterling Teas loose leaf tea which is sooooo amazing!! If you all have not tried loose leaf teas I suggest it highly. You will not go back to bag teas. :)

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