Thursday, December 06, 2012

Holiday Gifts - Homemade Chai Tea Mix

For the holidays this year I got a little Martha Stewart thanks to the Kitchn and put together this homemade Chai Tea mix.  I'm not a huge tea drinker (which is changing) but thanks to sort-of accidentally multiplying the recipe by 12 I have Chai Tea coming out of my ears.

Really, I was just browsing the blog and the photos on their website seemed like the perfect holiday addition to the girls-dinner I hosted last night.  Each had a jar sitting at their place setting.  

Anyway, if you're into the homemade treats for your friends, family, holiday hostesses... these are pretty easy to put together and you'll be left with an amazing aroma filling your kitchen.

Chai Tea Mix Recipe
Makes about 12-16 teabags
12 green cardamom pods
1/2 teaspoon whole red peppercorns (optional)
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1 4-inch cinnamon stick
3 tablespoons chopped candied ginger
1/2 cup loose black tea
Preheat oven to 350°
With a sharp knife, split the cardamom pods in half. Place in a pie tin along with the peppercorns, fennel, coriander, cloves and cinnamon. Toast in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until the spices are fragrant. Remove and cool.
Crush spices lightly with a rolling pin or in a mortar and pestle. You may have to crumble the cinnamon stick with your hands.
In a bowl, toss the spices, candied ginger and tea together until blended.
Spoon into your container of choice (mason jar, cello or parchment or waxed paper bags, vintage tea tin, etc.) Include fillable tea bags and brewing instructions. Alternatively, you can fill each tea bag with approximately 1 tablespoon of the chai mix and tie it loosely to close. (But that's a lot of work if you're making several batches!)
Brewing Instructions
tea for one
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of milk
1 tablespoon of Chai Mix placed into a tea bag
Sugar or honey to taste
Bring the water to a boil and add the teabag. Turn off the heat and let steep for about 5 minutes. Add the milk, turn on the flame and reheat until hot. Remove from heat, discard teabag, sweeten to taste, enjoy!

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