As much as I don’t want to admit it, I have the winter blues! Tea is crucial to my staying warm and happy during the winter months and our Earth's Herbal Chai is a wonderful treat to cuddle up with on a cold rainy night.
Chai can be blended with a variety of different spices and teas. I chose ones that are familiar to me and that offer some health benefits along with being tasty.
Black tea – Contains polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants that can help prevent illness by fighting free radicals. It provides protection to the teeth from bacteria and can also protect the stomach from gastric ulcers. The tea leaves contain a substance called L-thenine which help the body relax and relieves stress.
Ginger – A wonderful carminative herb that helps with digestion and is both warming and soothing to the body.
Cardamom – Helps combat depression which get worse for some this time of year. It aids digestion which can also be more sluggish with winter food! It also helps with detoxification, is great for fighting pathogens and is also considered an aphrodisiac
Cinnamon Chips – Also warm, aromatic and stimulating. It helps fight infection, reduce cholesterol. It’s an amazing spice that is wonderfully versatile and definitely underestimated!
How To Brew The Perfect Chai.
Place one teaspoon of chai in a tea ball or infuser with one cup of hot water. Add 1/4 stick of fresh vanilla been pod into the hot water with the tea ball. Steep for 5 - 8 minutes. Remove herbs and sweeten with raw honey. Add 1/4 cup steamed cashew milk. Sprinkle with nutmeg and put a cinnamon stick in your mug. Of course … serve with a mini almond cookie!
STRONGER STRONGER! Use a small pot on the stove. Add 2 teaspoons of Earth's Herbal Chai Tea blend, 1/4 piece of fresh vanilla pod and 1 cup of water. Bring to simmer. Add 1/2 cup of 2% milk, almond milk or cashew milk and reduce heat to just below simmering. Let that steep for 5 -10 min while stirring constantly. Pour though a strainer. Add a cinnamon stick to your mug and a pinch of nutmeg sprinkled on top. Of course…. serve with a treat from www.coldcomfort.ca
Chai Tea Creme Brulee, Amazing!
4 tablespoons Earth's Herbal Chai Tea 12 extra large egg yolks, beaten 1 cup brown sugar 4 cups heavy cream 1 cup light brown sugar 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 stick Cinnamon
Directions: Steep 4 tablespoons of Chai Tea bend in 1cup boiled water and steep for 7 minutes. Strain and water should have reduced to 3/4 cup. Grind whole nutmeg to powder using a cheese grater. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a large heat-proof mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. Place the cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Warm just until bubbles form around the edge. Remove from heat and, whisking constantly, pour into the egg and sugar mixture. Add the nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder and the tea liquid. Continue whisking until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is well combined. Pour the mixture into 6 creme brûlée dishes making sure that it comes right to the top of each dish. Place the dishes into a shallow baking dish, large to hold them without crowding. Place the dish on the middle rack oven. Then carefully fill the baking dish with very hot tap water so it comes halfway up the sides of the filled dishes. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the custard is set in the center. Remove the custards to a wire rack to cool. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or until ready to use. When ready to serve, preheat the broiler. Pass the brown sugar through a fine sieve to eliminate all lumps. Generously sprinkle the top of each chilled custard with an equal portion of the brown sugar, taking care to cover all of the custard, so that it gives an even finish. Place the chilled creme brulee dishes under the preheated broiler and broil for about 2 minutes, or until the tops are crackling brown. Remove from the broiler and serve immediately. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.