HOW TO MAKE A TRADITIONAL CHAI LATTE AT HOME
Part 2 of our how to brew Chai series
For me, this is one of my favourite ways to make chai, not only because of is it milky, rich and full flavour, but I find the actual process very relaxing.
LOOSE LEAF CHAI Vs INSTANT CHAI
When people think of chai lattes they tend to think of the powdered or syrup type that you get from your local café, which often contain a lot of artificial fillers and an overload of sugar.
Let me show you a fool proof way to make your own chai lattes at home, but without all artificial flavours and fillers. This process might take a little longer, but trust me, the rewards are worth the effort!
For this recipe, I’m using our Collombatti Naturals Original Masala Chai.
THE CHAI LATTE RECIPE
Step One: Add 300ml of your favourite dairy or non-dairy milk to a small to medium saucepan.
Step Two: Add 1 ½ - 2 teaspoons of loose-leaf chai.
Step Three: Bring your milk and tea mixture to a low boil and then reduce to a slow simmer for 10 - 15 minutes or until it reaches a rich, caramel colour. This will ensure that all the flavours have emulsified and you’ll get an intense, milky, chai taste.
Step Four – Now your chai is simmering away, it's time to prepare your cup. I like to use a clear latte glass, and as I love drinking my chai with honey, I drizzle a little on the inside rim of my cup before I pour my hot chai in. This will not only look amazing, but it will make sure the honey distributes evenly throughout the chai.
When the brewing time is up, use a strainer to pour the tea through and into your latte glass or cup.
As a final touch, (if you have it in your pantry) you can give your tea a light dusting of cinnamon for an authentic café-style chai feel (and I personally like the extra cinnamon!).
Now all that's left to do is sit back and enjoy!
It has all the flavours of our traditional chai but with a touch of extra sweetness from the chunks of white chocolate so it goes exceptionally well with the hot milk base.
So next time you want to try something a little out of the ordinary, why not give this method a try? Let me know in the comments if you do!
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