Saturday, March 17, 2012

Vanilla Chai Latte

It takes me forever to catch on to something new....I'm always the last one and here would
be another example. I just discovered chai and all I can think about is when will I
get make my next cup. 
I am still and always will forever be a coffee drinker but chai lattes are pretty amazing.
There are a lots of different ways to prepare chai you just have to find a recipe and technique
that sounds good to you and adjust the spices to your liking.
Don't worry if you don't have all the spices on hand listed below....use what you have and
see what you come up with.

Vanilla Chai Latte

1/2 tsp spoon ground ginger
2 sticks of cinnamon
10 black whole peppercorns
10 whole cloves
6 cardamon pods
6 cups cold water
3 bags of tea ( I like Assam) 
3 cups milk
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 whole vanilla bean split
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 brown sugar
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
4 anise pods

Cut open the tea bags and combine all the spices in a large sauce pan. Using a mallet or back of a spoon, lightly crush all the spice. Add the 6 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat.
Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
If you like a more concentrate flavor simmer for at least 20 minutes. 
Remove from the heat and add the sugar and milk and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
Bring the chai to a rolling boil on high heat and make sure not to let the chai boil over. Watch it
carefully and boil for another 5 minutes.
Strain the chai and serve hot.

Don't worry if you don't have all the spices.  Even keeping it simple by using what you have on hand will create a wonderful warm elixir that everyone will enjoy.

Happy Weekend.

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