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Homemade Tea Jelly

by - Wednesday, January 07, 2015

One of the first things I learned about my husband was his love for Mariage Frères tea. Not being much of a tea drinker at the time, I couldn't understand his obsession. He couldn't stop raving about the tea and the tea jelly that he first tried on a trip to Paris with his parents fifteen years ago. And then I tried the tea and was converted.

I think I had been ruined with too many bad cups of Red Rose to understand how truly delicious tea could be. That tea helped us get through the writing of two books, late nights with a new baby, and accompanied many a weekend brunch at home. You can get the tea locally at places like Williams Sonoma but the tea jelly, well, you had to go to France for that.


mariage frères marco polo tea jelly

Over the holidays, Sean decided to see if he could make his own tea jelly. His first try turned out perfectly! It tasted just like the real thing.

mariage frères marco polo tea jelly

Homemade Tea Jelly:

Ingredients:
2 cups water
8 tea bags
3 cups sugar
3oz package liquid pectin

1. Bring water to a boil. Add tea bags and steep for 30 mins.
2. Remove tea bags. Add sugar to brewed tea and return to a low boil. Reduce heat if sugar starts to boil over.
3. Stir constantly for 2 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and add the pectin. Return to a low boil for 1 minute. Skim off any foam.
5. Pour hot jelly into jars, close lid, and allow to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until use.


mariage frères marco polo tea jelly

We ended up making a few jars to give as gifts and I used the occasion to practice my calligraphy. Jelly making, calligraphy... I think I might have turned into my grandmother ;) Who knew we'd have so much fun getting creative in the kitchen.

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