Friday, February 11, 2011
Day 10 ~ Sweeten Her Up ~ 12 Days of Homemade Chai
Mom, if you're reading this you might want to skip ahead to the next post. I know, I know—Sugar is nice on the tongue but goes straight to the hips. Puts pimples on my face. Lowers my immune system. Has no value. Does no good. We don't like to talk about it.
But I'll be honest with you. I like it. There comes a point with everything when enough is enough. Need I remind you of my discovery of the Burnt Sugar Almonds a few months ago.
All things considered, the chai isn't quite right unless we sweeten her up a bit. Just the right amount of sugar and the right type helps to bring all the flavors together nicely.
I use pure cane turbinado sugar. This type of sugar is not heavily refined—nor is it stripped of the natural presence of molasses—like refined white sugar is. The resulting flavor is rich and full of depth.
I have not experimented with all of the umpteen possibilities when it comes to sweetening my chai. Have you? I'll be curious to hear what you've tried in terms of adding sweetness. Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments section below. (And if the system won't let you comment—as I hear is the case sometimes—feel free to send me an email instead, email@example.com)
I was just listening to an old Dead tape in my kitchen while writing this post. Funny that this super happy song came on just as I was wrapping up.
Grateful Dead - Sugar Magnolia