Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Most Comforting Cuppa!

Hi friends!!

Just a quick post today.  Since I posted on Monday, my week has been a bit thrown off (which is why I am posting this one later than usual).  Either way, I am coming to you with a yummy recipe!!

Besides pumpkin, chai is another popular flavor blend this time of year.  More than likely, it is because the spices used in chai are very warm and comforting.  With it's blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and more, it is the perfect spice blend to add a bit of comfort to any recipe!
Comforting Chai Tea:  Serves 1-2

    • 2 tsp (or 2 bags) plain black tea
    • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • 1 cup water
    • 1-2 T sugar or maple syrup
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 1 tsp whole cloves
    • 1 pod star anise
    • ½ tsp cardamom
  • In a medium sized pot, pour in the milk and water.  Heat on medium and add the sugar.  Mix until dissolved.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved, add the spices and bring the whole mixture to a simmer.
  • When you can see tiny bubbles around the edge of the pot, turn off the heat and add in the tea.
  • Let the tea steep for 3-4 minutes.  Then, strain out the tea and spices and enjoy!!
    • Note: If you do not have all of these spices and do not feel like investing in them, feel free to just use cinnamon and cloves, or use pumpkin pie spice!  The more variety of spices you have, the better the result.
    • Second note: You can use this same spice blend in baked goods too! Simply drop all the spices in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle and grind until powdery. Then, add 1-2 teaspoons of the mixture to your next batch of muffins, pancakes, or really anything you'd like!!

What is your favorite flavor during the holidays?! Let me know in the comments below!