Creamy, juicy plum flavor and plenty of aromatic spices, chewy boba and just a hint of sweetness combine to make this delicious Plum Spice Bubble Milk Tea
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It’s day 4 of our Flavors of Fall event. I’ve been a bit under the weather the past few days, so I’m popping in with my second recipe today.
So what is the Flavors of Fall event? It’s a celebration of all things associated with fall flavors. Like pumpkin, apples, pecans, squash and more.
Ellen from Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures have gathered 24 bloggers who have over 100 recipes they’re sharing this week in celebration of cool weather and sweatshirts.
Today I am sharing this delicious Plum Spice Bubble Milk Tea.
Our hope for this event, is that by sharing all of these fun dishes and such, you will find many must make recipes to make all season long.
From Monday through Saturday we will be sharing dozens of recipes a day. I started the week out with my first recipe, an absolutely delicious Cinnamon Glazed Donut French Toast. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for another fantastic fall recipe!
How do you make bubble tea?
This is a pretty basic bubble tea recipe, I just made it special with the tea flavor I chose.
There’s actually a couple of reasons why this bubble tea is better or more basic than the rest.
- The sweetness is perfect. The problem I have with many bubble teas from shops and restaurants, is that they are often way too sweet.
The first couple of sips taste amazing and you’re like… oh yes, but then about halfway through you’re kinda like… oh this is way too sweet. Not sure I can finish this.
But we usually do, don’t we? And then we regret it.
- Basic ingredients, you already have. Honestly, aside from buying boba, you more than likely have the ingredients for a basic bubble tea right at home.
And you can totally drink a bubble tea without the boba. Although the chewy little balls are a perk.
- Simple and fast. This recipe is literally the easiest bubble tea recipe and it takes no time at all. Well, aside from cooling the tea.
What ingredients do you need for bubble tea?
- Tea. For this bubble tea recipe, I used this delicious Sugar Plum Spice Tea but I have also used this Plum Tea and added some spices. You can use nearly any tea you’d like.
English breakfast tea and Oolong tea make great high caffeine options. Go ahead and make your tea as strong as you like. I usually allow the tea to cool with the bag still in it.
I also will speed up the cooling process by putting it in the fridge for an hour or I brew up a couple of cups ahead of time so I have plenty to make whenever I feel like it during the day.
- Milk or Cream. I usually just use half and half because I almost always have it. But you can use whole milk, or use full fat coconut milk which is also very creamy and delicious.
I’ve used heavy cream a couple of times, and while I like it sometimes, sometimes it’s just a bit too heavy.
- Sweetener. I really don’t like a great deal of sweetener. But my favorite sweeteners are honey, a simple syrup or plain granulated sugar.
However, I think you could use almost any type of sweetener. Start with only a little and taste as you go. You can add as little or as much sweetener as you like.
- Boba (Tapioca Pearls). Maybe my favorite part. I purchase my tapioca pearls off of amazon. I usually buy this two pack of tapioca pearls because it also comes with the large straws.
These actually cook pretty fast, I only had to wait about maybe 10 minutes. However, let me also tell you NOT to make them ahead of time. They don’t last and they get gross pretty fast.
So I make a couple of tablespoons at a time per drink and since they cook fast, I don’t have to worry about it. They cook and cool while the tea is steeping and then cooling and then in an hour I can have both.
Tips & Tricks
Please remember, you can use any type of tea you want. I enjoy herbal flavored teas because depending on my mood, there are floral accent teas, fruity teas and of course just straight delicious caffeine jolt tea 😉
No matter which tea you use, be sure to steep to make it nice and strong and cool before using. These are the two most important parts to get the best bubble milk tea.
I steeped the tea for this Plum Spice Bubble Milk Tea for about 40 minutes total. 15 minutes on the counter and another half hour or so in the fridge as it cooled.
I removed the bags and allowed it to cool about 10-15 minutes longer and it was ready.
If for any reason, your tea doesn’t cool enough by the time you want to use it, add ice to your final recipe.
More Fall Recipes
Fall Breakfast Recipes
Savory Fall Recipes
Butternut, Kale, Butterbean & Pesto Salad by Sweet Beginnings
Coffee Rubbed Pork with Autumn Spices by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Eggplant Rolantini by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Potato Rosemary Bread with Roasted Garlic by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Savoury Pecan Granola by Crumb Top Baking
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Recipe for Plum Spice Bubble Milk Tea
Plum Spice Bubble Milk Tea
- Boil 1 1/2 cups of water. Add tea bags and sweetener to the water and stir. Steep the tea bags while the tea is cooling. To speed up the cooling process, place in refrigerator for up to 1 hour.
- When you’re about 20 minutes away from wanting to make your Plum Spice bubble Milk Tea, make the boba according to your package directions. I cooked mine about 10 minutes before they were how I like them. Drain and rinse them in cold water and then allow to sit in a bowl.
- When tea is cooled to desired temperature, remove from refrigerator. In a tall glass, add the boba, and pour the tea in. Add about 2-3 tablespoons of half and half. Mix well to combine. If you want it colder, add some ice. If you want it sweeter, add some more sugar or honey or whatever you chose.
- Serve immediately with large boba straws.