Ho-ho-ho! Sorry for the week-long absence, assignment time… But now it is time to get into the Christmas spirit! I love to give homemade presents away. It doesn’t need to be a major thing or require a lot of time. I made this chai mix a few years ago to give to friends. They would also make a great stocking filler or as an add-on to any present instead of chocolates.
Chai is something quite Christmas-sy as well. The spices, hot tea… hmmmm…. It can be used as chai or you could also make a chai latte with it. I bet it is divine with hot whipped coconut milk. They are made in a bliss. I filled the mix in little bags and decorated them with neat labels I found at a craft store, some twine and a handwritten recipe on how to use the mix.
For 2 small bags of about 50 g each you need:
100 g loose leaf black tea (Assam, English Breakfast or Pekoe work well)
1 teaspoon cardamom seeds
6 green cardamom pods
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
4 teaspoons gloves
2 cinnamon sticks (broken into smaller pieces)
2 teaspoons dried ginger flakes (see below on how to make them yourself)
Mix the black tea leaves with the spices, making sure they are evenly distributed. Then fill into clear bags and decorate to your liking. Add a handwritten note on how to prepare the chai or chai latte, if you want to.
To make the ginger flakes is really easy. Just cut a few slices of ginger root into pieces of the size of a fingernail. Place them on a baking tray, lined with parchment paper, and leave them on or under the radiator for 2 to 3 days. If you’re in a hurry, place the tray in the oven on low-medium heat and have them dry out for about one hour (check for progress, they should not burn!).
How easy was that? And makes such a cute present. What Christmas presents are you making this year yourself?