5 Ingredient Easter Candy: Earl Grey Milk Jam

Photo Credit: Stephanie Ma

For some reason milk just screams ‘Easter!’ for me. Not quite sure why, but it always has. I’ve been wanting to try out this recipe for a while. I love Earl Grey, but you can just substitute your favorite tea. Everything from English Breakfast to a strong Rooibos (I would forgo the Kombucha though). In any case, you basically get a glorified condensed milk and you can adjust the sweetness to your liking. I call it a jam, but really it is like a syrup that you could use in your baked goods, on your ice cream (!), in your oatmeal…anywhere! This is also a great item to make as a party favor. You can buy (or reuse) small glass jars and pour a little bit in each. Tie it with a pretty ribbon and you’ll have everyone’s heart swoonin’. It keeps for about a week in the fridge.

Unfortunately, I actually didn’t manage to make mine into a ‘jam’ like consistency. I wasn’t patient enough in waiting for the entire mixture to reduce. Really this recipe requires patience. Lots of it. That and a lot of watching over your mixture.

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Photo Credit: Stephanie Ma

Milk Jam
Modified from “Our Adventures in Japan.”
Serves 8, or however many slices of toast you want to eat it with.

3 teaspoons of Earl Grey Tea soaked in 1/3 cup boiling water
1 cup of cream
1 1/4 cup of milk (full fat please, none of that skim milk stuff)
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Steep your tea in your boiling water for 5 minutes. If you want a bit more texture, break open the tea bags. Make sure your tea cools first!

Whisk together your cream, milk, sugar, vanilla in a small pot on low heat. Add in your tea mixture and keep mixing until it bubbles slowly. Cook for about 30 minutes or until the whole consistency changes. This can take up to an hour. Keep at it unless you’re willing to end up with jars and jars of concentrated earl grey milk tea essence. You want a thick condensed-milk consistency. When it’s thick enough, pour in an airtight bottle to keep. Or spread on some delicious toast.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Ma

Originally posted on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

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