Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Relaxing Chai

There are some days when sitting down with a nice cup of Chai is the greatest.  It is so soothing and relaxing.  In this recipe I use Earl Grey tea which has a light refreshing flavor that comes from the oil of Bergamot.  Bergamot is a small acidic orange. Coupled with the blend of warm and sweet spices, you have a delicious cup of chai.

Earl Grey Tea, Spices, Lemon, Condensed Milk

After Simmering the Spices and Tea Steeping


                                              Relaxing Chai


4 cups water
Grated lemon zest from one lemon
16 whole cardamom pods
12 whole black peppercorns
8 whole cloves
1 star anise
4 teaspoons Earl Grey tea or 4 teabags
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk


1. Place in a 3-quart saucepan the water, lemon zest, cardamom pods, peppercorns, cloves and star anise.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
2.  Bring back to a full boil and stir in tea.  Remove heat, cover and let tea steep for 5 minutes.
3.  Strain tea into a teapot.  Stir in condensed milk.
4.  Serve in individual cups.  Pass around extra sugar if needed.

Serves 6

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