A spicy fragrant homemade chai tea Yield:
4 servings Ingredients:
1-2 cinnamon sticks (3-4 inches long), broken
1 teaspoon whole cloves, crushed
1/2-1 teaspoon cardamom seeds, crushed (or 2 teaspoons green cardamom pods, crushed)
8-10 whole allspice berries, crushed
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
1/2-1 teaspoon ground ginger*
4 cups water
1 tablespoon loose leaf black tea
1/4 cup heavy cream (or milk to taste)**
Honey or brown sugar, to taste
1. Combine spices and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and stir in the tea leaves. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes.
3. Strain tea into cups or a tea pot. (If using a tea pot, pre-heat the pot with boiling water first.) I use a fine mesh strainer to strain.***
4. Add cream and sweetener to taste. I prefer dark brown sugar and heavy cream in my chai, but you can use any sweetener you like, and substitute milk or half and half for the cream.
This recipe is from Tammy’s Recipes.