Tea with milk is one of those things that usually make me shudder. I like my tea as I like my coffee - clean and simple, no milk or sweetener of any kind. But then this chai recipe came along... I can't remember who sent me in the direction of this recipe, but thank you, whoever you are. I love it.
Basically, you make a cup of black tea, making sure it's very hot and pretty strong. Add two or three teaspoons of this concentrate (to taste), and enjoy! It tastes comforting, familiar and exotic all at once. It's almost closer to hot chocolate than tea... The advantage of using this concentrate over the usual spice mixes is that there's no need to heat milk separately, it's already right there - and as it's condensed, you need such a small amount that it doesn't have to be heated first. And it stores well, apparently. Not that I need it to - I'm already on my second batch. :P
- Chai concentrate, adapted from OregonLive.com:
1 can of sweetened, condensed milk (14 oz = 497g)
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground star anise
Mix all ingredients well.
Add 2-4 teaspoons of concentrate to one cup of strong, black tea and stir.
Store concentrate in glass container with tight-fitting lid for up to 6 months.