December 18, 2011

Chai Spice Tea Mix

A good friend of mine is a huge chai tea lover.  I wanted to make her a special Christmas gift and thought that homemade chai tea mix would be perfect.  

Spice Mix
1 orange
1/2 cup cardamom pods
12 cinnamon sticks, crushed
2 tbsp. whole cloves
2 tbsp. black peppercorns
2 tbsp. allspice berries
1 tbsp. coriander seeds
1/4 cup whole star anise
1/2 cup loose Darjeeling tea

Dry the orange.  Preheat oven to 200F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Slice the orange into 1/8" thick rounds and place on the sheet.  Bake, turning occasionally, until dry.  Approximately two to three hours.  

Make spice mix.  Combine the dried orange and the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine.  Store the spice mix and Darjeeling tea in separate airtight containers for up to six months.

Chai Tea
1 1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp. chai spice mix
3/4 cup water
1 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. Darjeeling tea

Make Chai tea.  Simmer 2 tbsp. of the chai spice mix with milk, water and sugar for 25 minutes.  Add Darjeeling tea and steep for 3 minutes.  Strain and serve immediately.   

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