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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Comforting and uplifting....CHAI!

I was visiting blogs yesterday and read about this recipe on Angry Chicken. It seemed worth a try! So, I am sipping on a cup right now....[I had only one tea bag of black tea in the house this morning....a good ole "Lipton".] Not bad! I'll pick up some Assam tea and enjoy this for the rest of the winter!

Chai Concentrate
Published December 1, 2009 [in the food section of the Oregonian newspaper]
Makes about 1 1/2 cups (enough for 28 cups of chai)
Unlike many brands of chai mix, this one includes the sweetener and the milk. All you add is a mug of hot tea.
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon granulated sugar (I didn't add this, no need for more sugar in my opinion!)
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
other spices, allspice, star anise, black pepper, ginger, vanilla may be added as well.....
Empty condensed milk into a jar or plastic container with tight-fitting lid. Stir in the sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Store in refrigerator.
To use: Brew a cup of strong black tea, such as Assam, then add two heaping teaspoons of concentrate or more to taste. Stir well until concentrate has fully melted.
To give: Pour into small jars with lids and tie with an attractive bow, or wrap the jar first. Attach a tag with instructions to keep the mix refrigerated and how to use it.
To keep: Store in refrigerator for up to 6 months.


Piecefulafternoon said...

What a nice gift - I've heard of a recipe for a dry mixture to add to your tea to make chai tea - I'll have to look that up sometime.

Janet said...

This is definitely going into my recipe file! You always seem to find the best recipes. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Carmen said...

I love love love chai tea!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Sounds so fragrant. I love the scent of cardamon...I love the word! lol thanks for the recipe! ♥

Julie said...

Mmm, that sounds good, but I have no s.c. milk in the house, nor cardamom or nutmeg. And no car to go get them. Sigh!

gemma said...

Mmmm Love Chai tea....
Think I'll go make a cup right now to sip as I visit my blogging buddies.(mine is from a teabag) Can just imagine the goodness of your recipe.Have a great weekend.

Shopgirl said...

It is always so nice to have something warm and comforting on a winter day...Love this! Mary

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