By now, many of you should have already started your Christmas and holiday baking (hopefully!). If you have not yet decided what to create, here are a few suggestions--favourites from Arvinda's kitchen!
Arvinda's Chai Masala is a warming, aromatic and sweet spice blend with notes of cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Commonly (most often) used to make Authentic Masala Chai, it is also a versatile baking ingredient that will surprise you and add a twist to some of your classic baking recipes.
Think of what pairs well with ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. If that fits then try it with Arvinda's Chai Masala as a substitute. Customers tell us "it smells like Christmas" and some are even waiting for us to bottle it into a perfume! Here are some ideas:
- Chai Spiced Whip Cream to top onto desserts and hot beverages
- Chai Spiced Stewed Apples or Pears
- Chai Spiced Shortbread
- Dark Chocolate Chai Truffles with Coconut
- Spicy Chai Drinking Chocolate
- Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies
- Chai Laced Christmas Fruitcake
- Fireside Spicy Chai Mulled Apple Cider
- Chai Spiced Indian Shortbread with Saffron
- Chai Spiced Ginger Apple Oatmeal
And the list goes on! Add some to your holiday turkey stuffing, sprinkle on roasted squash or sweet potatoes or add just a pinch to creamy mashed potatoes.
And as a parting recipe, here is one of our annual 'go-to' cookie recipes that is always a hit in the cookie exchange!
Arvinda’s Citrus Chai Spice Sugar Cookies:
1 cup butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 large egg
1 tbsp. Arvinda’s Chai Masala
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder
zest of a lemon
zest of an orange
3 cups flour
Citrus Chai Icing:
1 cup icing sugar
1 tbsp. orange juice
1 tsp. orange zest
1/4 tsp. Arvinda’s Chai Masala
Method: Line two or three baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and mix. Stir in Arvinda’s Chai Masala, vanilla, baking powder, orange zest and lemon zest. Stir in flour. Chill dough for 15-20 minutes in refrigerator.
Roll out dough 1/8’’ thick. Using assorted cookie cutters, cut out dough into cookies. Bake for 6-9 minutes or until slightly golden brown on edges. Cool on wire rack.
Icing: In a small bowl, sift icing sugar and stir in orange juice. Mix in orange zest and Arvinda’s Chai Masala. Glaze cooled cookies with icing. Decorate with sprinkles or festive candies.
Happy holiday baking and please tell us how you're using Chai Masala!