Monday, January 25, 2010

Anne’s Wonderful Rich Chai Syrup
From Berlin with Love

Anne sent us over a lovely xmas package with some goodies- a yellow spatula, a cute re-usable spotty bag, and best of all some super tasty chai syrup which she knocked up her self. We promptly finished the bottle and then craving more, begged for the recipe, which she very kindly provided

The syrup is deep with flavour and is sweet without being too sickly. Anne said it would make the house smell great - and by god it did!

2 teaspoon of pepper corns

3 stick of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of cardamon pods

Root ginger, thinly sliced - 3 inch section

2 teaspoons of cloves

3 jars of honey
1 litre of water

Clean and sterilised jars

Mix and crush gently all of the big spices - and then tip into1 liter of water - bring to the boil and simmer gently for 30 mins. Stir in 2 Barry’s tea-bag (Anne was very specific about this, had to be Barry's!) for two mins until a rich deep tea red color.

Sieve the water to rid it of any bits and pieces. Then add the three jars of honey. Bring this to a gently boil until it thickens up and darkens slightly.

Pour into sterilised jars. We did this by boiling them in a big pan of water for 20 minutes. The recipe makes in terms of volume about equal to the amount of honey that you put in – so if you like you could sterilize the jars that you took the honey from.

This syrup is great poured into hot milk, with blueberries over yogurt, on apple pancakes and also very, very good in tea. I’m tempted to use it as the sweetener in a fresh batch of granola also.
We made two type on with Barry sand the other with green tea. The barry’s turned out a bit richer and a darer colour. Anne asked for a vanilla pod in the recipe – but we didn’t have one- maybe that’s the secret ingredient.

Thanks Anne I foresee this becoming a kitchen staple - see you for St Patricks Day!


Anonymous said...

Hi, I really like your blog and want to make the chai recipe. I just had one question - in the ingredients it specifies 3 jars of honey, but in the recipe it says 'and jar and a half of honey'. If you could clarify that would be great.

Lu said...

Hey Anon - thanks for the compliment, this sauce is well worth it, and it's pretty straight forward too. My mistake in the recipe - I've corrected it now. You add all the honey at that point - any other questions just ask - Lu

Anonymous said...

That's great, thanks. I look forward to making it!

Unknown said...

Like Hi... probably too late for top prize of pancake tuesday, but loving your blog... and your horse video... although not as good as mine... thanks.

just had the apricot and white pudding stuffing in my pork loin (you had it in yer chicken) but twas lovely.

Love to Stephen the Canary

Stephen The Canary 4Real

Lu said...

Hey Stephen - glad the stuffing turned out good, it's a tasty one alright - hoep you've enough left for your sambos during the week.

We should have a heads off between the horse videos I reckon!

Little yellow stephen is good - I hope he don't get too cold today