Warming chai is an excellent winter drink - and an exceptional Christmas gift! All you need is sheer cloth and some thread to make the most beautiful tea bags. Start by cutting the cloth into a 8x20 cm piece. Fold it once to get a 8x10 cm sized bag. Sew the sides together. Apply the tea and close the bag with thicker thread.

Serve the chai with some home made raw chocolate truffles. Bon appétit!

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CHAI LATTE

10 tea bags:

1 dl (1/2 cup) black leaf tea

1 tablespoon grounded ginger

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon grounded cinnamon

20 black peppers

20 dried cloves

20 dried green cardamoms

10 dried star anis

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hot water

milk of your choice

honey

 


Mix the tea, ginger, cayenne pepper and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Divide the mixture into the tea bags. Add 2 black peppers, 2 green cardamoms, 2 cloves and 1 star anis to each bag.

Fill half a cup with boiled water and add one tea bag. In the meantime warm some milk of your choice. Remove the tea bag and pour the milk to make a full cup of chai latte. Add a bit of honey.

RAW CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

3 dl (1½ cups) raw walnut halves

1 dl (¼ cup) cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon teaspoon fine sea salt

15 soft dates, pitted

1 tablespoon of coconut flakes

Additional cocoa powder for coating


Grind the walnuts into a fine meal in a powerful blender or food processor. Add in the cocoa, salt and dates and pulse until it forms a thick dough. Scoop the batter into a bowl and add the coconut flakes. Roll small truffles between your hands. Roll them in the additional cocoa powder and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Store the truffles in the freezer.