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Winter Spice! Homemade Cheap Chai + Gingerbread-Plum Cookies

Does anyone else make their own chai?!


I've found a local market (Punjab on 33rd in Waverly for anyone in Baltimore)  that carries bulk spices for a much lower price than grocery store spices.


Recently I wanted chai tea and made up my own mix:


- black cardamom pods

- black peppercorns

- cinnamon sticks

- coriander seeds


I'll take recommendations for other delicious flavors to add!


The jar of amber liquid is a ginger syrup I made for a King Arthur gingerbread cookie recipe. I canned some plum jam over the summer and made thumbprint cookies with it. The gingerbread-plum combo is spectacular, I recommend it!


Here's a photo:


The leftover syrup is great to add to the chai tea as well for extra flavor, and is a nice spicy boost in these cold months. I posted photos of the cookies, a link to the recipe, and more over at www.baltimorediy.org if you are interested!


Happy winter homesteading!

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Comment by Carol Sullivan on January 3, 2011 at 2:27pm
To make your chai tea, did you grind those spices or smash them up or leave whole? I'm a huge fan of winter spice and can hardly get enough of Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice or Good Earth Sweet and Spicy Tea. Would love to make my own. I have enjoyed just plain chopped ginger about 3 heaping TBLS with boiling water over for a nice spicy tea.
Comment by Aliza Ess on January 3, 2011 at 6:03pm
Good question Carol- I just boiled the spices whole. I'll send this comment to you directly too, since I'm not sure if comment replies here will show up in your inbox?
Comment by Mud Pies to Sticky Buns on March 31, 2011 at 10:39am
Love this idea!


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