Hey there Teacups! The Twelve Days of Teamas 2020 starts today! For those of you who weren’t here last year when I started this series, The Twelve Days of Teamas is a twelve day long series on my blog and while each post features a different tea or tisane throughout all of the different posts I only feature one company.
The first time I did this I collaborated with Yunomi and this time around I’m collaborating with Chariteas, another tea company I love and I can’t wait to showcase. For the first Teamas post of 2020 I’m going to be using their Chariteas Chai blend to show you all a few different ways you can spice up your holiday celebrations with Chai this year.
When it comes to flavoured teas Chai really is the perfect one for Christmas because when they are done right, like the Chariteas Chai is, they have a a hearty, robust, malty black tea base and they are jam packed with aromatic herb and spices that are heart warming, comforting and fragrant. Chai is really the epitome of cosiness in a cup, it’s the perfect mix of sweet and spicy and its such a nice treat to relax with after a long day of Christmas craziness. There’s so many ways in which you can use Chai though aside from just drinking it and Christmas is the perfect time to experiment, so with this year being a little different that usual why not spice things up and see how many of these things you can add to your holiday celebrations this year.
1-Stovetop Chai – This can be done with a pre-blended loose leaf Chai like the Chariteas Chai or a you own choice of spices and tea. I’ve used both though I will say the way I prepare it does change a little when I am using a loose leaf blend like the Chariteas Chai and not whole spices. As this post revolves around Christmas (I know how crazy it can be), I’ll share my method for preparing stove top chai with a loose leaf blend chai with a loose blend this time around and my other method at some point in 2021.
When it comes to making stove top Chai with a loose leaf blend the way I make it is as follows: I take the cup I want to use and I fill just over half of it with water and then the rest of the mug with milk and add that to a pan on a medium heat. Then I add two (sometimes two and a half) scoops of my chosen loose leaf Chai blend, so this time around it was the Chariteas chai. I then bring the mixture to a boil, being sure to stir constantly. Once it has boiled I add in my brown sugar (it caramelises and adds a nice caramel note) then simmer for 1-2 mins. After that, I pour it through a sieve into my mug and sip to my hearts content. It’s super easy and so delicious so really worth giving a try.
2- Chai Infused Custard – This is not only easy to make but pairs perfect with Christmas Pudding, if that’s your jam, or apple crumble. It’s a perfect addition to the Christmas table and won’t overshadow any other holiday flavour as it works perfect alongside them, adding an extra boost of heart warming cosiness to each and every dessert you add it to. I’ve found that out of all of the recipes I’ve tried, this recipe from The Nourished Kitchen has been the best one I have tried yet. You can also bake this custard and make it it’s own dessert which I haven’t tried yet but will definitely be trying out in 2021!
3- Make Your Own Chai Spice Mix & Gift It to Your family & Friends | This would be a perfect gift for those of you out there who already love Chai and want to show your family and friends exactly why you love it! Maybe they have always wanted to try it out but have neve really been sure where to start. You can buy fresh whole spices in bulk in so many places right now and make home made spice blends so easily. If you have a specific blend of herbs and spices you love, share it with them. Who knows, this could be the push they need to adventure into Chai during 2021 and maybe even adventure further into tea. Anything to help people move away from only drinking Starbucks ”Chai Lattes”.
4- Chai Infused Sugar Cookies / Sugar Cookies With Chai Icing | Both of these sound delicious to me and sugar cookies are so simple to make, you really can use any recipe. The way that I infuse tea into my bakes is by melting the butter used in the recipe and steeping the tea in the melted butter, it works a dream. Should you be making something other than sugar cookies that doesn’t call for butter, infuse it in the milk or water or any liquid your recipe call for. Baking with tea is a huge passion of mine; sadly I don’t get to do it as often as I would want to due to health stuff, but if you ever have any questions send them my way.
So there you have it those are four simple ways you can spice up your 2020 holiday celebrations with Chai! I’ve had so much fun putting this post together, it’s made me so excited for the rest of this series and the next twelve days! If you can think of any thing I should have added to this list let me know in the comments, I’m always open to suggestions and I love experimenting with tea myself! You can find the tea blend I mentioned in today’s post here. If you have any questions at all be sure to send them to me on Instagram or stick them in the comments.
Speak to you all again tomorrow for the second day of Teamas!
Happy Steeping – Kimberley