Have you read Sprouted Kitchen lately? If not, you should do so, immediately, if not sooner!!
Anyways, on to this spicy chai latte. I could wax on and off about the joys of this concoction. It's heart-warming and has a bit of kick that you feel in the back of your throat, which is immediately calmed by the bit of sweetness and creaminess from the milk.
Sprouted Kitchen is one of my favorite blogs and is the love child of Sara & Hugh. Sara is the foodie and Hugh is photog, and basically, they make the perfect pair. The food is simple and fresh, as is the photography. It's such a place of inspiration for me!
A cup of chai & yesterday's paper: perfection.
I've searched far and wide for a good chai recipe, and this is it. I will look no further. It's pretty simple too. Once you round up all the various spices, it just takes about 10 minutes to chai nirvana. If you're feeling a bit luxurious, top it with a bit of lightly sweetened whipped cream, if not, it's perfect as it is!
Tons of ginger make for a perfectly spicy chai latte!
A collection of luxurious spices (top left to bottom right): star anise, cardamom, black peppercorns, cinnamon stick.Spicy Chai Latte
Yields: 4 servings
Original recipe here.
4 bags of black tea (darjeeling, english breakfast, etc.)
1 cup milk
2 in. piece of ginger, cut into pieces
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cardamom seeds
1 tsp. black peppercorns
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
star anise (optional)
brown sugar or honey, to taste
In a small plastic bag, combine the peppercorns, cardamom and cloves. Use a mallet or heavy skillet to crush the spices into coarse pieces. In a saucepan on medium heat, combine the milk, crushed spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and star anise (if using). Allow the milk to come to a gentle boil, then cover and turn off the heat. Allow everything to steep for about 15 minutes. While the spicy milk steeps, bring water to a boil. Combine the 4 tea bags with 2 cups of boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for 4 minutes then discard the tea bags. Add the tea to the spicy, warm milk. Use a fine mesh strainer or coffee filter to remove the spices. Add brown sugar or honey to taste, stir and enjoy warm!
I just got this new mug, and I'm quite enamored with it!