Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pumpkin Pie Chai Tea

Pumpkin Pie Chai Tea.  I don't know if I need any further description than those words.  I haven't tried Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte, but I bet it's got nothing on my recipe below....and if it does, well it costs a lot more than making it at home.  Additionally, this recipe uses chai tea instead of coffee or espresso.  Tips for making a Pumpkin Spice Latte with coffee or espresso instead or included below.
Try it with a tasty Pumpkin Pie Chai Tart or Tartlett.

Makes 1 - 12 oz Mug or 2 - 6 oz Mugs
1/2 Cup Milk (Organic, Fat-Free)
2 tsp. Stevia, or other sugar substitute
1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice (or use a blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and dash of ginger)
1 tsp. Pumpkin Spice Syrup, optional (I did not use to keep sugar low, but would give your drink more pumpkin flavor oomph)
1 Cup Boiling Water
1 Vanilla Chai Tea Bag (or use regular Chai Tea and add 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract or Syrup)

1.  Put tea kettle on stove and heat 1 Cup Water.  Pour into mug and add chai tea bag.  Steep for 5 minutes.
2.  Meanwhile, as tea steeps...  In a saucepan (or in microwave, if you want to go faster), combine milk, stevia, and pumpkin pie spice until just steaming.  Remove from heat.

3.  Pour tea into milk mixture.  Whisk rapidly to froth mixture (or use an immersion blender or regular blender).  Pour into one large mug or two small mugs.
4.  Top with lite whipped cream if you prefer and/or sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.

You could alternatively pour the mixture over ice if you want an iced drink.

If you prefer a Pumpkin Spice Latte instead of Pumpkin Pie Chai Tea, you can substitute 1 Cup Extra-Strong Coffee (or 2 shots of espresso).   And be sure to add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or syrup to the mixture before frothing/blending.


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