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Recipes for Spiced Sugars

New!!! Vanilla Bean Sugar and Chai Spiced Sugar, Holiday Gift Packaged.

         Under $20 including US shipping. 

  1. Hand blended in small batches. 3oz each
  2. All Natural, no preservatives, no additives, salt-free, gluten-free.
  3. Use in hot or cold tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, cereal, fruit, for baking
  4.  Sprinkle Chai Sugar on cooked carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash.
  5. Packaged in red and green striped cello bag, with old fashioned holiday tag.


Vanilla Bean Sugar: A delicious blend of two different vanilla beans (Madagascar and Tahitian) and pure cane sugar.

The Madagascar vanilla bean is considered superior, it has flavors and aromatic qualities that make these beans the most sought after vanilla variety. It is rich, dark and creamy with a strong sweet, buttery aroma. The Tahitian Vanilla Bean has an aroma that is floral with tones of ripe fruit. The flavor is rich of cherry-chocolate, licorice and caramel. A favorite variety. Together they create a most delicious vanilla flavor and aroma.


Chai Sugar: A combination of Chai spices, cane sugar and coconut palm sugar.

Chai spices known as Chai Masala is a delicious blend of cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger and black pepper.  The spices add a delicious warmth to the chai blend, the black pepper and ginger add a subtle heat.  

Coconut palm sugar tastes like brown sugar, only with more of a caramel or butterscotch tone.


Chai Recipe:

Many assume that you have to use a high quality tea like Darjeeling or Assam, but end up with chai that does not taste quite right.  In India the tea for chai is a cheap variety; it is strong and holds its own against the strong spices in the chai. If you cannot get an inexpensive Indian tea, use a cheap, strong black tea from the grocery store such as Lipton or a similar.  This tea will probably become your “chai only” tea, as it is not necessarily the best to drink plain, but is absolutely wonderful with milk, spices, and sugar.

There are many ways to make chai.  This recipe is simple and straight forward.


1/2 cup milk (not skim milk)

1/2 cup water

1 to 2 1/2 tsp. CuisineMentor Chai Sugar (depending on sweetness and spice strength you prefer)

1 tsp. loose tea leaves

Put all ingredients into a spouted saucepan. Stir. Place over medium heat.  Heat until small bubbles appear around the perimeter of the chai mixture.  Stir the chai occasionally, scraping the bottom to avoid scalding the milk.  When the chai comes to a boil, turn off the heat and stir well. Cool a few minutes.  Bring to a boil again, turn off the heat and stir well.  Allow to steep for a few minutes.  Strain carefully into a cup, and serve.
One 8oz serving.

 



           Chewy Sugar Cookies4 dozen

These delicious cookies are decorated and flavored with Vanilla Bean Sugar and Chai Sugar. Sprinkle both or individually on cookies before baking.

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon CuisineMentor Vanilla Bean Sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons buttermilk (or milk)
CuisineMentor Vanilla Bean Sugar and/or Chai Sugar, for decorating


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.


In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and Vanilla Bean Sugar. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Add enough of the buttermilk to moisten the dough and make it soft, not wet.


Roll rounded teaspoons of dough into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. With a brush or fingers, moisten the top of each cookie with the remaining buttermilk and slightly flatten the top of each cookie. Sprinkle lightly with CuisineMentor Vanilla Bean Sugar and/or Chai Sugar.


Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to cool on a rack.