Sunday 12 February 2017

Chai Frappe Recipe

We are all melting with the heat here in Sydney.

I think everyone is wondering when summer will end - fiercely hot days are sapping the life out of everyone...

It makes it quite challenging to enjoy my tea in the usual way.

I thought a Chai Frappe might just do the trick.

But I was surprised that when I did a quick search, I couldn't find any recipes for what I wanted online.

There are plenty using Chai Syrups and Powders, but those generally have loads of sugar and other stuff in them.

I've become a bit of a purist with my Chai, and the typical Chai Latte mixes are all too sweet for me.

So here's a low sugar, refreshing Chai Frappe recipe for you.  It does require a little advance prep, but it's well worth it.

Brew up your favourite Chai - tea leaves, tea bags, or even the powders if that's what you love.
In this case, I used a lovely Rooibos Chai I was given at Christmas - so it has the added bonus of being caffeine free.

Freeze in an ice cube tray.

One generous cup of tea fills my ice cube tray nicely.

Once frozen, place in Thermomix, food processor or use a stick blender.

Add milk.

Add honey and / or Cinnamon syrup (if you have it) to sweeten.  The Thermomix Star Anise syrup (from the Basic Cook Book) would work quite well here.  Heilala even make a delicious Vanilla Syrup.

I used approximately 1 tablespoon - depending on your taste, you might like more, there is no sweetener in the tea.  I find this Frappe refreshing because it isn't too sweet, so taste test and adjust accordingly!

Add a dash of vanilla, and a shake of cinnamon.

Blitz for 20-30 seconds, on speed 9. until the ice cubes have magically turned into a lovely tea slushy.

Sprinkle with Cinnamon Sugar for a decorative touch.

Relax somewhere cool and enjoy!

What's your favourite cooling brew?