Home made Chai – Barefeet within the Kitchen


There may be nothing – and I do imply nothing – that compares with steeping entire spices and tea leaves to make an genuine pot of aromatic, spicy, candy do-it-yourself chai.

I’ve loved loads of powdered chai in espresso retailers and I’ve brewed my very own a couple of instances with chai-flavored teabags and mixes. I’m warning you now, when you’ve made actual chai you’ll by no means be as pleased with the opposite variations.

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Straightforward Chai

I heard about my brother-in-law’s do-it-yourself chai for a couple of years earlier than it lastly labored out for me to pattern it at their home.

When you recall, this is similar sister and her husband who launched me to Spanish Cafe con Leche after they visited Spain nearly 15 years in the past. Once they inform me that one thing is scrumptious, I are inclined to imagine them.

Now that I’ve had an opportunity to make Jason’s recipe for myself, it most actually doesn’t disappoint. I’ve been making this straightforward chai in doubled and tripled batches for years now and I really like having a jar or two stashed within the fridge.

Served with a plate of Almond Bars, a steaming cup of chai (or an iced chai latte) turns into a day snack that nobody turns down.

Chai Components

You’ll want the next elements to make this recipe:

  • cardamom pods
  • entire cloves
  • cinnamon stick
  • contemporary ginger
  • black peppercorns
  • bay leaf
  • unfastened black tea leaves
  • water
  • half and half
  • mild brown sugar or honey
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Chai Recipe

Place the cardamom, cloves, cinnamon stick, ginger, peppercorns, and a bay leaf in a medium dimension saucepan.

Add the water and produce to a boil. Enable this to boil for five minutes. Take away from the warmth and steep for 10 minutes.

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Add the tea leaves and return to a boil. (I like to make use of English breakfast tea when making chai.) Scale back the warmth and simmer on medium for five minutes.

Add the half and half and the sugar. Stir for a couple of minute, over low warmth, till steaming.

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Pour by a fantastic mesh strainer right into a teapot, mugs, or glasses. Chai will be served heat or chilly. It’s a refreshing deal with when served icy chilly and poured over ice.

Pour any remaining chai combination into small jars to retailer within the fridge. Reheat or take pleasure in chilly, as desired.

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The recipe doubles completely and is a terrific approach to make and preserve a number of days value of morning chai able to drink with just some minutes of warming on the range or within the microwave.

It will make a terrific soiled chai with a shot of espresso within the morning. When you favor espresso, attempt including a beneficiant splash of the chai combination to your subsequent cup.

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Home made Chai Latte

Questioning how one can flip this chai recipe into a superbly frothed heat or iced latte? It’s straightforward as pie. (Really, it’s a complete lot simpler than that, as there is no such thing as a pie crust making concerned right here!)

Merely froth the milk or half and half earlier than pouring it into the steeped chai focus. I’ve used this frother each day for nearly ten years now when making my morning espresso and it really works nice for chai lattes too.

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For extra do-it-yourself drinks which are higher than the espresso store, attempt the ever-popular London Fog or an Iced Brown Sugar Espresso.

Italian Cream Liqueur is a favourite across the holidays and I usually make it and present it to pals. Peppermint Sizzling Chocolate is a good match for a splash of that cream liqueur.

You may make Vanilla Espresso Syrup at dwelling, utilizing just some frequent elements and no preservatives or synthetic flavors. It takes lower than 5 minutes to stir collectively the syrup and it tastes higher than any store-bought choices.

Can’t get sufficient chai? Aromatic cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves are steeped with black tea leaves to infuse every scoop of this Chai Ice Cream with the traditional taste of chai tea.

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Servings: 2 servings

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  • Place the cardamom, cloves, cinnamon stick, ginger, peppercorns and bay leaf in a medium dimension saucepan. Add the water and produce to a boil. Enable this to boil for five minutes. Take away from the warmth and steep for 10 minutes.

  • Add the tea leaves and return to a boil. Scale back the warmth and simmer on medium for five minutes. Add the half and half and the sugar. Stir for a couple of minute, over low warmth, till steaming. Pour by a fantastic mesh strainer right into a teapot or mugs.

The recipe doubles completely and is a terrific approach to make and preserve a number of days value of morning chai able to drink with just some minutes of warming on the range or within the microwave. Pour any remaining chai combination into small jars to retailer within the fridge. Reheat (or pour over ice) as desired.

Energy: 94kcal · Carbohydrates: 6g · Protein: 2g · Fats: 7g · Saturated Fats: 4g · Polyunsaturated Fats: 0.4g · Monounsaturated Fats: 2g · Ldl cholesterol: 21mg · Sodium: 60mg · Potassium: 131mg · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 3g · Vitamin A: 222IU · Vitamin C: 1mg · Calcium: 103mg · Iron: 1mg

{initially printed 1/20/13 – recipe notes and photographs up to date 6/22/23}

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