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Spicy Chai Tea

What you need: 

25 cloves
12-15 cardamom seeds
2 tablespoons fennel
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon ginger
7 cups water
2 black tea bags
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup nondairy milk

What you do: 

1. Add cloves, cardamom, fennel, black pepper, cinnamon, bay leaves, ginger, and water together and bring to boil.
2. Simmer for 1 hour. Add the black tea bags and bring to boil.
3. Steep all the ingredients for 10 minutes.
4. Strain and add milk and sugar.
It’s so good.

Preparation Time: 
1/2 hours
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
6
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

Rooibos works well here in the same amount as the black tea.

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I want to try this so bad, but I'm not allowed to have caffeine.  I am having a hard time finding decaffeinated black tea, they all have something else in them, like vanilla, or an earl grey one which will have a hint of bergamot, or something. I don't want anything except straight black tea i don't want any other flavors in it to throw off the taste. anyone have any suggestions? what kind of tea is everyone using?

I have found some good decaffeinated loose black teas at http://www.tealaden.com that are Co2 processed so they retain more flavor than water processed decaffeinated teas. I also enjoy the rooibos red teas that are caffeine free. This recipe looks good and I can't wait to try it.

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Try red rooibos tea as a caffeine-free alternative to black tea.  Of course it won't taste exactly like black tea, but it has its own nice, robust flavor that can hold up to the spices in this recipe, and it's full of anti-oxidants.  Google it or read the wikipedia article on it--it's really good, healthy stuff!

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I want to try this so bad, but I'm not allowed to have caffeine.  I am having a hard time finding decaffeinated black tea, they all have something else in them, like vanilla, or an earl grey one which will have a hint of bergamot, or something. I don't want anything except straight black tea i don't want any other flavors in it to throw off the taste. anyone have any suggestions? what kind of tea is everyone using?

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It is for fresh, though we always use more now, really the equivalent to 1 Tbsp. dried. Either way... This IS the best chai! Oh yeah, my fiance added this, that is how I know what kind of ginger.

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Okay, I went ahead & made this recipe, anyway. ;D I knew that I would... ;) This is SPECTACULAR! :D I cannot say that enough. My entire family (even my mom who doesn't care for chai) thought it was amazing. The house smelt so good, too!

I ended up using 1 Tbl. of dried, ground ginger, and I think that is how it's supposed to be. Perfectly spicy! I also ended up using a little more sugar than called for (maybe 2 Tbl. more, for a total of 8 ), and this gave me about 6 servings, as it says. This is infinitely more delicious than store-bought chai mix... And obviously much cheapter & healthier, too! :)

I cannot thank you enough for sharing this recipe! I am seriously beside myself over how delicious it is!

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I'm not sure if anyone will be able to answer me before I break down & just guess so I can make it... But is it 1 Tbl. of powdered (dry) ginger or 1 Tbl. of fresh ginger? I know there is a huge difference in the power of fresh vs. dried spices, so I'd love to know before I make this! This looks deeeeelish! :)

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This is the BEST CHAI EVER!!! I will definitely make it again  ;D An added bonus: it makes the house smell wonderful. Awesome :)

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