I am completely obsessed with Chai Tea Lattes at the moment. I cannot remember where I first stumbled across them but am completely addicted which means regular visits to Taylor Street Baristas, Starbucks and Tinto Coffee in Fulham which do a really really good one. It is not unheard of for me to order two at a time, one to have in and then one for takeaway!
I was curious to know what makes these little drinks taste so good and stumbled across this recipe by the Cooking Channel which was for a Coconut Chai Tea Latte which sounded divine….I am a massive coconut fan! I have finally got round to giving the recipe a go and was far from impressed, so I have made my own version which is actually without the coconut. Don’t be disappointed, you’ll just have to trust me when I say that it is better.
You will need:
10 black pepper corns
4 cardamom pods
4 whole cloves
1 large cinnamon stick and 2 more for garnishing
3 black tea bags
600ml milk (blue top is best)
2 tbsp muscavado sugar
This is enough for three cups of chai
It takes about 15 minutes to make
Start by crushing the peppercorns, cardamom and cloves in a pestle and mortar. If you haven’t got one then just use the side of a large knife.
Put the spices and the cinnamon in a large saucepan and let the heat get to work which lets off a beautiful aroma. Let them cook for about 3-4 minutes. Then add in 300ml cold water and bring to the boil. Boil for approx 5 minutes.
Take off the heat and add in your tea bags. Let them stew for 5 minutes. Whilst they are stewing take another medium sized pan and put in your milk and sugar. Put this on a low heat and gently heat up. Then strain in your tea and spice mixture making sure that you keep the cinnamon sticks.
Warm the whole mixture through mixing with a whisk to get a nice frothy texture and then serve. Delicious. It’s really satisfying to know that you can make it just as good as you can buy it in cafes and coffee shops. Enjoy and let me know what you think.