hot chocolate chai
Recipe adapted from Cook Republic. Serves 2.
1½ cups milk
1/4 cup thickened cream
2½ tablespoons hot chocolate powder
3 teaspoons Caravan black tea
1 large cinnamon stick
2 whole pods of star anise
3 cups hot water
Begin by steeping the black tea, star anise and cinnamon stick in the hot water for about five minutes. Strain the tea and set aside the star anise and cinnamon.
Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan over medium heat. When the milk becomes hot enough to foam at the edges, combine the hot chocolate, star anise, cinnamon and one cup of the chai tea made earlier. Simmer the mixture over low heat and stir for about five minutes until the drink is piping hot.
Pour into mugs, dust the tops with chocolate powder and serve.