Cold Weather Pick-Me-Ups: 6 New Ways to Try Chai This Fall
New Chai Recipes to Help You Survive Fall Chills
With cold temperatures rising, you’ll quickly be in need of a routine chilly weather pick-me-up. Our perfect antidote to a fall day? Chai-anything! Gone are the days of simple chai lattes — this season, it’s time to get creative. Read on for six creative new ways to try chai this fall. Trust us, these ideas are anything but basic.
1. Greek Yogurt + Chai Plum Compote
Start your perfect fall morning with this delectable homemade chai plum compote. Paired with yogurt, this chai combination is unstoppably delicious.
- 1 ½ cups chopped plums
- 3 tablespoons of Chai Tea concentrate
- ½ tablespoon sugar (optional)
Begin by combining plums, chai, and sugar (if using) in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the fruit is soft, about 15 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a jar and let cool. Then serve immediately with yogurt.
2. Chai Apple Butter Ricotta Toast
Out of this world dreamy, this chai apple butter ricotta toast is unreasonably good. Crave dessert for breakfast? Here’s your cheat:
- 10 medium apples, peeled and chopped
- 8 oz chai
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Take a large saucepan and combine apples, chai, sugar, and lemon juice. Cook the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring often, until apples are broken down. This should take around 45 minutes. Then use a wooden spoon to break down any remaining large apple pieces. Reduce heat to medium, then continue cooking until the apples are completely broken down and butter carries a thick and dark consistency (this should be an additional 1.5 – 2 hours). Remove from the heat, cool, then enjoy!
3. Vanilla Bean Cupcakes With Chai Buttercream
Decadent and delicious, the chai buttercream atop vanilla bean cupcakes is the perfect fall treat. Get creative with your chai and make a dessert you and your guests will remember with this recipe:
- 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
- ½ c buttermilk
- (Buttercream Frosting)
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoon chai tea concentrate
- ½ tablespoon whole milk
For the cupcakes, preheat oven to 350° F. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl, then set the mix aside. Cream butter and sugar, then add the eggs one at a time. Beat in the vanilla bean gently. Alternate between pouring in the buttermilk and the flour mixture, mixing on low, until all the ingredients are combined. Pour the batter into a pre-sprayed cupcake pan, filling each cup ¾ of the way full. Bake for 20 minutes, then cool before frosting.
The chai buttercream is simple. Cream the butter and powdered sugar. Then pour in the chai and milk, and continue to whip until the consistency is light and fluffy.
via The Novice Chef
4. Chai Mulled Cider
Grab mugs for you and a couple friends, and cozy up with this delicious mulled chai cider.
- 16 oz apple cider
- 1.5 oz chai concentrate
- Orange peel
Combine apple cider, chai concentrate and the orange peel in a saucepan. Once at 150 degrees, heat the mixture for ten minutes to infuse flavors. Pour in thick glasses and garnish with the orange peel.
5. Stormy Chai Tea Cocktail
Kick it up a notch and enjoy an adult-style chai on a cold fall evening in.
- 6 oz. chai concentrate
- 2 oz. spiced rum
- 1 oz. cream or half and half
- dashes of freshly ground cinnamon and nutmeg for garnish
Brew chai concentrate until it reaches your desired temperature. Pour the chai in a mug, then add the spiced rum to play up the chai’s delicious warmth. Lighten the concoction with cream, then garnish the drink with freshly ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Sip and enjoy!
via The Coolist
6. Chai Tiramisu
While this chai recipe may be slightly more involved than our other creative ways to try chai this fall, this chai tiramisu is otherworldly. Adapted from New York’s famous Del Posto, this recipe finds its strength in its fluffy, airy, and chai-dusted filling. For full details, visit A Cozy Kitchen’s blog for recipe advice.
Chai: The Perfect Cold Weather Cure
Let these six ideas jump start your cold weather days this fall! For inspiration, check out more recipes from Dona Chai, and get creative! Keep creating, and share new ways to experience chai this fall.
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