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Homemade Chai

Today I attempted to make chai for the first time, hoping to end up with something akin to the Tazo Chai that they sell at Starbucks, but perhaps a little spicier, like my absolute favorite chai: Dragonfly Chai.

Unfortunately, my end product isn’t spicy and tastes a bit earthier than I would have liked. Ugh. Maybe I’ll try again sometime, but now I’m feeling a little defeated.

Here’s the recipe I tried, does anyone have any suggestions as to how I could better it?

Homemade Chai
Adapted from Green and Clean Mom

12 cardamom pods (the big green ones) You can also just use cardamom seeds if you can’t find the pods.
4 sticks of cinnamon
1 star anise, broken into pieces
1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
10 whole black peppercorns (more for spicier tea)
1 scant teaspoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon orange peel, grated (fresh or dried)
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup black tea leaves
4 cups skim milk
1/4 cup honey

Fill a saucepan or stock pot with 4 cups of water and add all of the spice ingredients except the tea leaves. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 15 minutes (longer for stronger flavor). Add the tea leaves for the last five minutes.

Strain, add 4 cups milk, reheat for a minute and then add the sweetener. Makes about 8 cups of tea.


Julia Child’s French Bread


I attempted this recipe in the wake of the Daring Bakers. Mine was a dud, it had excellent flavor but it was really dense. I did lack a few instruments (like a bench scraper), but I did the best I could. Maybe I had sub-par yeast, but I’ll never know because it was an all day recipe that I don’t particularly feel like repeating.