I know this is a different post from me but I am just so excited about my discovery! Silly me, I didn’t think to take photos of the process or note down exact quantities that I used of the spices! But I feel like this is one of those recipes that get better the more you experiment with them and find your own perfect combo. This worked really well for me and takes very, very little effort. It does take a lot of time however! So first up you want to make the chai tea. This is lovely as a tea if you want something warm and spicy but take it off the stove a lot earlier than I did below. We want this to be as strong as possible so that we only have to use a little bit of water to flavour the latte and not water it down.
2 Vanilla Beans
5 Cinnamon Sticks
Inch of Fresh Ginger, Large Slices
2 Tablespoons of Cardamon Pods
1 Tablespoons of Cloves
1 teaspoon of whole Peppercorns
Simplest recipe in the world. The only bit of prep required, besides slicing the ginger into big chunks, is I sliced the vanilla beans open and scraped out the seeds into the pot to help infuse the flavour. Then all that is needed is to fill up your pot, put it on the stove, throw in all the spices and bring the water to a boil! When it’s boiled, turn it down and leave it to simmer for maybe 4-5 hours. We still found this a little weak so I left it overnight on the lowest setting and turned it off in the morning. I then left the pot for maybe another 8-9 hours with the spices still in the pot before pouring it through a strainer and then into bottles.
What I’d probably recommend, and what I’ll do in the future, is pop it on first thing in the morning on a home day and then just leave off heat overnight.
|Definitely going to be having chai latte’s all winter!|
Clearly this recipe is so adaptable in both flavour and quantity. With the strength of the tea, the 2.5 – 3L we had left of it is going to last us such a long time! If you aren’t sure of it, reduce your quantity and make a smaller batch. This will also reduce your cooking time. Store left over tea in the fridge for future chai lattes!
I think next time I have a go, I would like to put some whole nutmegs in too and maybe put some more cinnamon sticks in to give some extra flavour as well. You can really play around with the recipe and make it your own. I really don’t want a very sweet chai latte (which is my main grievance when buying a chai latte out), I want it to be full of spice and flavour and get a lot of the sweetness from the cinnamon. The vanilla in this is perfect for me, theres the hint of sweetness but it doesn’t cover up the flavour of the spices and adds a lovely taste to the latte. Obviously if you like a sweet latte, try adding a few drops of stevia or some rice malt syrup for a fructose free sweet chai.
Ok, so now onto the actual latte part. yay!
You literally need such a small amount of the tea. Obviously the more you use, the more flavour in the latte but the more watery you’ll make it. I don’t know the exact measurement but the amount I used in the above photo was perfect!
So we have a Nespresso milk frother and this makes these chai latte’s so easy! If you don’t have one, you can heat your milk on the stove and either hand whisk it, or use a blender of some sort. Alternatively you can pick up mini hand held electric frother thingos in a lot of different stores. It would still be lovely with just heated unfrothed milk too, I just love frothed milk!
Ok so you’re almost done. But you know what’s missing right?
Yup! The ground cinnamon!! Sprinkle that everywhere.
I am obsessed with this and I’m so impressed with how well it worked. Like I said, my main issue with buying chai lattes out is that they’re too sweet! So making my own and being able to tweak it to my taste is like perfection. The best part? Having so much on standby in the fridge and being able to have a chai latte whenever I want!!
If you give this a go let me know how you went!
Thanks for reading,