Saturday, September 29, 2012

Homebrewed Chai Latte


Oh yes I did. And the aroma wafting through the house is nothing short of divine.

I have prepared my first batch of homemade chai in my new Little White Kitchen.

Remember back in July of 2011 when I posted my original chai recipe to Dance While You Cook?

Do you also remember how I gave you general directions for making this homemade chai and told you to experiment around to find the perfect blend to suite your taste?

Now that I'm all moved-in to my new home out in the country, I wish to share with you my favorite blend for this homemade Masala Chai. I have been making this recipe for years and the mix of spices I'm about to describe make for a cup of perfection each and every time.


Judith's Masala Chai Concentrate

Ingredients:

cinnamon sticks, the 4-inch sticks, crushed into chips
3 TBS whole cardamom pods, crushed
2 TBS whole cloves
2 TBS fennel, crushed
   or 4 whole star anise
   or both
2 TBS whole black peppercorns
3 TBS chopped ginger, crystallized
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper, or less if spicy drinks aren't your thang
5 heaping TBS loose-leaf Assam black tea, caffeinated or decaf—whatever your preference
16 cups water

The Preparation Method:

First and foremost, have everything measured out and ready to go.

Then, in a large stock pot, dry-roast the first five ingredients over high heat: 8 crushed sticks cinnamon, 3 TBS cardamom, 2 TBS cloves, 2 TBS fennel, and 2 TBS peppercorns.

Roast only until fragrant. Do not smoke the spices. They should not change color. Usually two or three minutes max.

Immediately pour water into the hot pot with spices. Keep heat on high. Add chopped ginger.

Boil with vigor until the water has reduced to half. For me this is usually about 30 minutes or so. I have an easy method for determining when you've reached the halfway mark. Either it's too late, or I'm just plan lazy, so I'm not going to tell you about that here. Refer to my original chai post in July 2011 to learn more about this technique my Dad taught me when learning to make Lithuanian Krupnikas. But I digress. Krupnikas is for another day, another time.

Back to the chai. Once the water level reduces to the halfway point it is time to remove the pot from the heat source, add 5 heaping TBS loose-leaf Assam black tea and 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper. Mix well and let steep for five minutes. Don't let it steep a second longer. The tea will become bitter and that will ruin the whole effort.

Immediately strain the spices and tea contents from the chai concentrate. Combine the hot chai liquid to the 1/2 cup of sugar. Stir well. Cap tightly. Refrigerate. The concentrate keeps for one week (give or take) in the refrigerator.

To serve: Use one part chai concentrate to one part milk or milk alternative. I'm crazy for Almond Milk in this chai latte. Heat on the stovetop. Do not allow to boil. And done.

I sure hope you enjoy these fall mornings with a warm cup of home brewed chai as much as I do.

Instead of a song tonight, I thought I'd attach photos of a few scenes from my new location.





4 comments:

  1. judith,
    your new home is GORGEOUS!!
    those views are incredible...
    i'm excited to brew up a batch of your chai love :)
    karin

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