It's been a while,
And now it's cold.
Let's make something hot to drink
Before this waiting-for-a-new-post thing
Several weeks turned into several months. Getting settled into another country wasn't as easy as I wanted it to be. I had plans and drafts for summer recipes but as we are well into fall, I must turn to cold-weather recipes. Nothing warms like spice, multiples of them, with a delectable touch of vanilla.
Go forth, make your house smell wonderful and autumny. Almost as good as mulling cider.
Vanilla Bean Chai
- 1500 ml filtered water
- 60 g fresh ginger, grated
- 20 cardamom pods, crushed
- 3 cinnamon sticks, (the ones I used were approx. 3" long)
- 1 tsp nutmeg, fresh ground
- 1 whole star anise
- 1/2 tsp clove, ground
- 1 tsp orange peel
- 1 tsp black peppercorns, cracked
- 1 whole vanilla bean, split and scraped
- 5 black tea bags (I used breakfast tea, use which ever variety is your favourite.)
- 170 g honey
- 100 g - 200 g sugar (depends on how sweet you like your chai.)
- 370 ml evaporated milk
- In a medium sauce pan bring the water to a boil.
- Add ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, clove, orange peel, peppercorns, and vanilla (pod and seeds.)
- Keep spices at a low boil for 30 - 45 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by 50%.
- Add honey and sugar, continue to simmer for 15 - 20 minutes or until the liquid has thickened to a light syrup.
- Remove from heat and strain through a sieve into a separate pan containing the tea bags.
- Adjust sugar levels to taste and repeat simmer to dissolved any added sugar.
- Allow the tea to steep for 5 - 7 minutes including any time spent simmering in the sugar.
- Strain into storage container through a fine mesh strainer or a few layers of cheesecloth. (I used a thermal tea pot.)
- Stir in evaporated milk.
- If not consuming immediately, cool in an ice bath before placing in the fridge to chill.
More milk or sugar may be added to each individual serving, this is just a lovely spiced base, adjustments can absolutely be made to taste.
Yield: approximately 1 L.