Sunday, May 1, 2016

Chai: Tea to Pudding

Happy May!
I have been eager to share with you my new chai tea discovery! Chai is one of my favorite types of tea and flavoring. It has become quite popular and is infused in many other types of foods.
I first discovered chai while on a vacation in Vancouver about twenty years ago. Starbucks was doing a promotion for their latest drink: chai tea latte. Since I wasn't a coffee drinker, I never had been inside a Starbucks before. The promotion lured me in with the enticing "gift" of a free coffee travel mug decorated with various stamps from Canadian provinces.
Well needless to say, I was hooked!
I'm not a huge dessert lover, so this is my treat:
A tall nonfat no water chai tea latte
I adore the mix of sweet and spicy in this chai syrup. Starbucks uses Oregon Chai which can be found in most grocery stores.
(courtesy of amazon)

I can make the latte on my own with the help of a milk frother, but somehow it tastes better when I go to Starbucks. (Yes, it is all in my mind.)

True chai aficionados readily claim that the Starbucks version for which I adore is not proper chai tea. I've been a quest to find an authentic loose chai tea. (I'll work on finding an authentic latte version later.) 
Last October I asked readers if they could recommend a strong loose chai. Kitty @ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen recommended a chai from adagio teas.


I ordered a sample pouch and have been so pleased. This chai is robust not flat and is not too spicy. I drink it black. I think it will make a great iced tea. Need to order more! Thanks Kitty for this recommendation!


Come join me for a chai inspired tea time.


I recently purchased this table linen at an antique store while on a trip. Yellow used to be my favorite color growing up. 


Continuing with the yellow theme, you can drink from this Royal Albert teacup from the Blossom Time Series ~Laburnum.


Chai Cinnamon Pudding
This pudding will be served in vintage dessert glasses gifted to me from my great aunt. It's hard to see, but there is a criss cross etching throughout the bowl.

I'm always on the lookout for tea time treats and this one is incredibly simple to make.

Ingredients:
2 Chai tea bags
1 recipe cooled vanilla or chocolate pudding
Ground Cinnamon

Directions:
1. Brew 2 chai tea bags in 3 tablespoons boiling water; set aside to cool.
2. Squeeze out tea bags and discard.
3. Mix tea into cooled pudding.

4. Dust with ground cinnamon.

Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart

I think that is the easiest Martha Stewart recipe ever!
I kept it simple and used Jello French Vanilla Pudding with Twinings Chai Tea. I don't know if I would recommend using chocolate pudding for this recipe.

Makes a nice morning or after dinner treat!

Since my "Mellow Yellow" rose bouquet was down to a single flower, I added this figurine to the table. I've had it since I was a baby and no one can recall who gave it to me. The bottom reads "Western Germany" with a gold insignia that is difficult to read. 

Have a beautiful week,
Nora 



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10 comments:

  1. Oh, I adore the Chai tea latte from Starbucks and now I am craving one {{smiles}}

    Your recipe sounds delightful, my friend. Thanks for sharing. And oh my, what a pretty tea cup!

    Have a beautiful week. Hugs!

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  2. Hi Nora...I do love Chai, so this looks really interesting...I usually order sweet soy Chai at a coffee house. And your Royal Albert is lovely. What a great table topper find! Perfect! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  3. Hi Nora...I do love Chai, so this looks really interesting...I usually order sweet soy Chai at a coffee house. And your Royal Albert is lovely. What a great table topper find! Perfect! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  4. I'm so happy that you like the adagio chai tea, Nora. Your new vintage linen is sooo pretty and looks so nice with your beautiful teacup. I must try the chai pudding, and yes, that is the easiest Martha Stewart recipe ever!!! Happy tea time!
    p.s. You and I would make a great pair with our love for chai tea!

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  5. Love your beautiful Royal Albert. Everything looks perfect for an afternoon tea. Blessings, Martha

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  6. Chai tea is my favourite and I have never tried Starbucks chai tea latte. Yum! that pudding looks delicious. Your teacup is lovely and I don't think I have seen that one before. Your little ornament is adorable. What a precious keepsake! Thank you for sharing with us and Happy May, Nora!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  7. I'm so glad that found a chai tea that you liked! I became a tea convert after drinking masala chai at an Indian restaurant. I don't think I've ever tried the chai latte from Starbucks. Thanks for sharing the chai pudding recipe. It sounds simple enough that even I could do it!

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  8. I feel like I've arrived at a cool / colonial tea party. Wonderful.
    Amalia
    xo

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  9. Dear Nora:
    Now that sure sounds wonderful! I love your pudding recipe and that lovely yellow setting. The cup and the saucer and the tablecloth - all beautiful! Thanks for sharing and linking!

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  10. Nora, how beautiful! Yellow has been my favorite color since birth and I would have felt so at home sitting down for a cuppa with that beautiful tablecloth (I'd arm-wrestle you for!) and teacup. The pudding sounds wonderful, though I don't care for chai tea for drinking.

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