Chai Concentrate

I love chai tea. I love it’s sweet spiciness. Usually I just buy decaf chai tea bags, but I don’t measure very carefully with the honey, so it’s usually trial and error as to weather I get it exactly how I like it or not. The other day when I was over at Angry Chicken, I saw that she made a chai concentrate. I knew I had to try it. She used this recipe. I realize that it doesn’t technically have all the same spices as real chai tea, but it’s a pretty good substitute. It was really easy, all you do is mix some spices into some sweetened condensed milk. At first I tried to leave out the extra spoon of sugar, but I did find that it needed it, so went ahead and added it back in. Also, there was just a touch too much cardamom in my opinion, so next time I will probably only put 3/4 teaspoon in. Now all I have to do is brew some black tea, and spoon in a couple of spoonfulls of the chai concentrate and voila, chai tea. When you need a good cup of something hot, what do you reach for?

food • Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 • 19 Comments »
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19 Responses to “Chai Concentrate”

  1. Libby says:

    I tried it too. Delicious. I made some this morning and compared it to my favourite, Tazo concentrate and it is pretty yummy. Great idea.

  2. Charity says:

    Mmmm, I’ve been planning on trying that recipe, too. Looks delicious, and I loved her idea of giving it as a gift!

  3. kristina says:

    I saw this on Angry Chicken, too, and was thinking of trying it. Will definitely give it a go now. And I adore cardamom, so it might be just right for me! K x

  4. AG Ambroult says:

    I saw this on AC and I made it for my husband’s birthday present (tomorrow)! I am so excited to try it (who is this present for, really?!) maybe I’ll know what you mean about the cardamom soon…


  5. Emma says:

    Oh I just love the smell of chai tea..
    I don’t drink milk but I’ll definitley try this recipe as a present.
    My hot drink of choice is always without fail strong black coffee..although I’m partial to the occasional hot toddy too
    Em xx

  6. Emily says:

    I’ll have to try that. My husband LOVES chai tea and I think he’d really like that. I like chamomile and straight up english breakfast teas but will always reach for coffee first. πŸ™‚

  7. gardenmama says:

    ooooh… I will have to give this a try. I love chai!! It seems most either love it or really dislike it. The smell is heavenly!

  8. Hiya, hmm must try this, I like it very much too, I suspect I will need the extra sugar too! Have a lovely week,

    Sarah x

  9. Looks yummy although I’m not certain I’ve ever tried chai tea!

  10. I’ve just found your lovely blog. I read about the chai tea concentrate on angry chicken too, I must try it out. A x

  11. Anna, Sydney says:

    Amen to that! Love my chai too. We can buy it here in sachets and just pop it in to a cup of hot water, then stir (the content, not the actual sachet). Scrumptious. And sinful I’m sure.

  12. summerfete says:

    Glad to meet you Jennifer.

    Nice picture of yourself, I was thinking I should put one on of me, we aren’t that disimilar I’m just a little older I think!

    Looking forward to reading your blog now. Its nice to get an outlook on life from another country.

    Clare x

  13. Petit Filoux says:

    That sounds nice! I usually go for bog standard tea (white with one sugar!) or hot chocolate πŸ˜‰

  14. Tallis says:

    Hi doing my blog hop, I’m not a tea drinker, but it does look fasinating, as in it doesnt look much like tea, lol

  15. Trudy says:

    Mmmmmmm. The photo reminded me of Horchata. Shall we make some of that again soon?

  16. Concetta says:

    Oh yes, gonna give this a go!

  17. Kimberly says:

    Earl Grey or Vanilla Tea!

  18. Caroline says:

    woohoo spiced chai!! just found your blog searching for a recipe… I could drink this till it’s coming out my ears πŸ™‚ never tried making it myself tho, have just had a go now… have to say it looks a little scary i just mashed fresh everything (2 cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, ginger, nutmeg, and a couple of star anise for good luck) and bunged it into the condensed milk… will definitely need to be strained tomorrow before we try it methinks. Cant wait to taste it!!

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