Sorry I haven’t posted in a while! It’s been a crazy week at work and home. It’s nice to get away for a moment now and right about food.
This all started when I developed a bit of taste for chai latte’s over a weekend, which, quite quickly, subsided; but sparked an idea, since I’d just made brownies.
The thought of the spices in chai in a brownie form made me very curious, and happy given that its wintery now and warm spices can make all the difference on a cold day.
Now the challenge here was to make em from scratch, try to make them healthier, and adapt a baking recipe.
In my experience, baking recipes are, a little harder, to experiment with in comparison to stuff you make on the stove.
The recipe I figured out didn’t go exactly to plan, but I’ve amended it here to ensure it will work.
Also these blondies plus a few brownies made a great little Monday survival package for my team at work!
(Why not bribe them with food right?)
What you’ll need:
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground cardamom
- 5 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp Ground pepper
- 5 tsp ground cloves (I had whole cloves which I used a coffee and spice grinder to make into a powder, you can do this with pepper corns and other spices as well)
- ½ tsp Ground nutmeg
- Chai latte mix
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 cup melted butter (I actually used a mixture of margarine and oil, just choose your preferred fat)
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar (press it into the cup as you go)
- ½ tsp salt (if your using margarine, use less salt)
- 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
- 2 tsp crushed instant coffee powder
- Chopped macadamias
- White choc chips
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- Mix up your spice in the ratios above
- Smell it
- Make adjustments as necessary 😛
- Yes this is how I acutely did it, I smelt my favourite chai latte mix, tasted my favourite chai latte then altered the mixture accordingly.
- Take the ½ cup of milk and heat it for a about 1 minute in the microwave
- Add 1.5 tsp of the chai mix
- Let the flavours develop. I would recommend doing this the night before
- Heat oven to 180 degrees C or 350 F. Line a baking pan with baking paper
- Add melted butter and sugar into a medium to large bowl and mix until combined
- Add the eggs (pre beating them usually helps), vanilla extract, chai mix steeped in milk, and salt then stir vigorously until smooth.
- When the batter looks well blended, add the flour and stir until thoroughly mixed
- Stir in desiccated coconut, chocolate chips, macadamia, coffee and the rest of the dry chai mix.
- Spread the batter evenly in the lined pan and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes (20 to be safe and then keep checking) until a toothpick (or fork :P) inserted into the middle comes out relatively clean.
- Melt white choc in a bowl. Whichever way works for you. I did mine in the microwave following packet instructions
- Add 2 to 3 pinches of the chai spice mix
- Add a tsp of vanilla extract
- You might find the mix gets a bit thick and not flowy, whether it thickens or remains flowy u can still sue it. Mine thickened and became a bit hard to work with but I was still able to spread it on top and bake the whole slice with the topping for a bit longer, to create a nice crumbly and tasty topping. If it stays flowy, awesome, pour it on and let it cool, then slice it up later.
YAY! NOMS ARE READY!