I do not like to cook or to be in the kitchen, when God was handing out cooking skills I wasn't around. This is not to say that I don't know how to cook, I've learned a lot over the years and I am quite a good cook when I put my mind to it. But all that is just a bit of background information to illustrate how ridiculously easy this latte process is.
I adore Chai tea lattes and when I discovered I could make these at home without a milk steamer I was in heaven. And it's so easy! (I am sure most of you know how to do this already, but for those who don't I'm thrilled to share.)
Here is my arsenal of Chai tea latte tools:
To make my Chai tea latte, I start by making the Chai tea and only Tazo brand will do for me. I am a tea snob! Any self-respecting Brit will tell you to use fresh cold water in the kettle and to heat the teapot before adding the tea and hot water. (My mom is British, btw.) This helps the tea to steep properly and the full flavour develops best this way. Never use a metal pot, only pottery or china pots. Metal gives the tea a different taste. Steep the tea for at least 3 minutes. Once the tea is steeping, get going on the steamed milk.
I use a half cup of milk and an enameled cast iron pot (Le Creuset). I don't know if that makes a difference but it works so beautifully I wanted to point it out. Use medium heat and watch until the milk begins to steam. The moment you see steam, use a whisk and whisk up the milk while it is still on the heat. This gives the milk a really nice froth. Set aside while you pour your tea.
Pour the tea into a large cup, add sugar if you like and then add the frothy milk. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
Mmmmmmmmmmm Wish you were here to share!
A friend of mine who is a superb photographer has been taking photos of peonies, in teacups, in ice cream cones and other interesting ideas. She so inspired me that I cut my first peony bloom of the year and plopped it in a pretty teacup. Max, of course, had to hone in on the action as well.
Have a happy week!