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I've seen a few other chai recipes floating around here and thought I would add my own take on it... a sweet, creamy concentrate that you just add to a cup of black tea!
One of the gifts I made this year was homemade chai tea concentrate.  The recipe is from here and I found it a long time ago at Angry Chicken and have been waiting to use it ever since.  I patted myself on the back for compulsively saving glass jars, cleaned them out and got started.  These jars formerly held peanut butter, sauces, granola and jam.
Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate
Makes one jar and each jar has about 10-12 servings.
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Mix all of the ingredients together in a jar.  Given the slow-going of pouring out the sweetened condensed milk, I strongly suggest that you spool up a movie or at least have some music playing while you are doing this.  That is, if you are making these mixes in mass quantity as I did.  We paired this with my sister's delicious honey pistachio biscotti and a few bags of black tea.

Directions for Use
Add two heaping teaspoons to a strong cup of black tea, such as Assam, or more to taste.  Stir well and enjoy.  Refrigerate concentrate for up to six months.

So good and creamy and sweet-- if you'd like a less sweet cup of chai, just use less concentrate.  I'm still avoiding added sugar and dairy for at least a few more days, but you better believe that I'll be drinking some of this next week.
 

 

(Cross-posted at http://unspeakablevisions.blogspot.com/2011/01/chai-tea-concentrate....) 

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Comment by Heather Ferguson on January 12, 2011 at 4:33pm
Holy moley that sounds amazing! Wish I had found this before Christmas for I would have been handing it out like hotcakes! :D
Comment by Aliza Ess on January 12, 2011 at 3:26pm
Ooh every day I look at the container of powdered non-dairy creamer in my office and shudder. I think I'll make this and leave it in the office fridge for a special treat! I love how DIY food makes every day special :)
Comment by Jaclyn Konoby on January 11, 2011 at 10:54am

Wow. Perfect gift

Comment by tifanie chaney on January 11, 2011 at 10:33am
Awesome! Thanks for posting. I'll definitely have to try this! :::
Comment by Rose Lynd on January 11, 2011 at 9:57am

Thanks for the recipe!! It sounds delicious :)

I'll definitely be using this to give out as gifts.

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