For many, a morning and afternoon cup of chai is as essential as human contact. This is fitting considering that chai has been bringing people together for centuries. Even if the company is only your own.
Chai is Hindi for tea and ‘secret’ spice blends have been passed down from generation to generation. If you’re not lucky enough to have a recipe then you can start here:
This dairy-free blend is also very good:
Whatever recipe you choose as your starting point, experimenting to create your own signature spice blend is all part of the delights behind chai. Most blends will keep for about six months in a tightly lidded jar, somewhere cool and dark.
No need to worry about the time frame, though. Once you realise that chai tastes good in everything, you’ll be racing through your blend in weeks, not months.
Adding a chai custard and a chai syrup to a standard Portuguese custard tart is a work of genius. The softness of the meltingly-good pastry offsets the hit of chai spices beautifully. Note to self: add dried ginger pieces to the signature spice blend immediately.
Chai-infused scones are surely the most perfect thing to serve for afternoon tea, ever. Especially when the prime minister is coming…
Accompanying your scones might be this nutritious gluten-free chai loaf. It’s brimming with enough goodness to make a slice for breakfast another option.
Of course, the king of chai bakes has to be this carrot cake. Not least because it’s smothered in a pistachio cream cheese frosting.
Have a ball
Rum balls might be for the festive season, but masala chai rum balls are forever.
Popcorn is such an underrated sweet snack – it soaks up chai flavours like a sponge, then crunches up nicely in the oven.
It’s hard to improve on a classic tiramisu, but this ginger chai version is really unbeatable. As you’d expect, well-spiced chai replaces the traditional espresso to soak into the biscuits. Plenty of ginger really makes it sing.
The enticing aromas of chai will infuse through your kitchen when you bake these lovely Bundt cakes. A honey-drizzle icing brings added sweetness to really pick you up.
Blondies made with chai, bananas and cannellini beans really shouldn’t work, yet somehow it does. The result is a super-moist, flavoursome treat you’ll want to share with others.
If your heart needs a little warming, a chai-spiced bread and butter pudding is just the thing. This recipe is super-easy to pull together and is utter perfection when served with a generous scoop of ice cream:
Tapioca custard is such a crowd pleaser, and the addition of chai makes them completely irresistible. What a way to end a curry feast.