The following recipe for Tibetan Butter Tea is from a cookbook I recently reviewed on my food blog (I’ll link to the review after the recipe – this is an OUTSTANDING cookbook!). According to the authors, Tibetans drink dozens of cups of Tibetan Butter Tea daily. It is said to do more than just deliciously quench your thirst – it’s packed with energy!
Tibetan Butter Tea
4 cups water
1 heaping tablespoon loose black tea
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2/3 cup half-and-half
Combine the water and tea in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil, and then turn off the heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Use a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to strain the liquid over a large bowl; discard the tea leaves. Transfer the liquid back to the saucepan and bring to a boil, then decrease the heat to a simmer. Add the salt, sugar, butter, and half-and-half and whisk until the butter has completely dissolved and a little foam forms on the surface. Serve the tea in small bowls.
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