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!
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
milk of your choice
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.