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March 2009

H2 Side


Old Fashioned Sugar Tea Cakes

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H2 Side


What is Chai tea?

Originally served on the trains on the Indian rail system, this tea has now become popular in the US. It is quite sweet, flavored with milk, sugar, cardamom, cinnamon and sometimes crushed almonds. I've seen ginger, vanilla, cloves and cocoa added to the following recipe. It has been written about in many magazines, and each one has a little different twist on the ingredients. It reminds me of "Nursery Tea", served to children at teatime. You might like trying this some chilly evening or afternoon.

1 quart milk
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 to 3/4 tsp. cardamom
1 tsp. almonds (ground fine)
2 to 3 Tab. Brown sugar
Black Tea (such as English Breakfast, Assam, Kenya or Whittard's Original)

Place milk in saucepan, add cinnamon, cardamom and almonds. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, careful not to scorch! Add the brown sugar, mix well. Make strong black tea with a quart of boiling water and 6 to 8 teaspoons of tea, steep for at least 5 minutes. Strain tea into the hot milk mixture, stir and enjoy!



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