Homemade Chai Tea

I’m back!  And it’s Monday, so it’s time for another recipe!

It’s funny, four years ago I discovered that a good way to ignore the passage of time is to be 8 1/2 months pregnant on your birthday.  I wasn’t the least bit interested in turning 30 because I had a baby on the way (and accompanying health conditions to worry about.) This year I discovered that a good way to ignore the passage of time is to launch a business.

This was, perhaps, not the best time to launch a business, what with my birthday, Kal’s birthday, and the end of the school year for both boys all coming within several jam-packed weeks.  We were determined to launch within Allergy Awareness Week though, so it was what it was.  Since I let the blog slide for a few weeks, here’s the announcement:

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But on to the recipe!  Because if I don’t start back now, who knows when I will!

I am not a coffee drinker and neither is my husband.  In fact, we don’t even own a coffee pot.  We do, however, like tea.  Chai is a nice, rich beverage that we both enjoy, but it can get expensive.  I found this recipe in a magazine years ago, adjusted the spices to my liking, and quickly fell in love.  It’s a little time consuming until you get used to it, but it’s well worth it!

Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate

Ingredients:

  • 4 tsp ground ginger
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tsp ground fennel seeds (I can’t find them ground, so I do it myself)
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup loose black tea (I use Earl Grey, like Captain Picard 🙂
  • 3/4 cup agave
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

Heat spices in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes, until fragrant*.

Add 4 cups of water and the tea. Bring to a boil*.

Remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes, then strain out the tea and spices*.

Stir in agave, molasses, vanilla, and lemon juice.

Combine 1/4 cup of your concentrate with 3/4 cup milk of your choice.  Either heat or serve over ice.  (You can even use water if you like things less rich.)  Cover and refrigerate the rest.

*Note!  Do not overcook the chai! I’ve made this several times, but every once in a while I don’t get much tea–instead, most of it turns into a gelatinous mass.  The spice/tea leaf combo usually gets a bit gelatinous and sticks to itself at the bottom of the pot, but once or twice the whole mixture turned out this way, and I think it was tied to cooking the spices and/or boiling the tea for too long.  You want to be ready to move onto the next step of the recipe right away.  Be aware!

Enjoy!

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