They say this is the kind of tea served in English nurseries for centuries. It was simply a very milky tea with sugar to taste.
The name comes from the French ‘ the de Cambrai’, named for tea whose colour, with milk added is like the white Cambric linen fabric which originated in the city of Cambrai in France, and was used to make lightweight garments.
It was believed that the French were the first to develop cambric tea, most likely as an alternative to the strong teas generally reserved for healthy adults.
The French use heavy cream and one full teaspoon of sugar per cup.