DIY Gift: Chai-Infused Sugar

This chai-infused sugar is the very definition of a “last minute homemade gift idea.” Crush some spices, mix them with some granulated sugar and pour it into a pretty little jar. Boom! You’re done!

Plus, this gift re-gives itself again and again. Just tell your lucky recipients to add more sugar now and then to the spices, and they will have a continuous supply of chai-infused sugar.

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In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, I have a bit of a chai “problem.”

Well, some people would call it a problem. I call it a deep and abiding love.

I drink chai nearly every day, and I’m constantly brewing up ideas for new chai-flavored recipes (Ha! Brewing…see what I did there?)

This chai-infused sugar might actually be my first chai flavored recipe that doesn’t contain actual tea.  But, it is packed full of the spices that make chai what it is, which is really the most important part. Cinnamon, cardamom, pink peppercorns, ginger all come together to lend a warm spiciness to everything you might add this sugar to.

Personally, I’m loving it in my coffee on those days when I want a bit more caffeine, but am missing that chai spice flavor.   I also used it in these chai shortbread cookies (and skipped the vanilla and ground tea), and think it would be excellent in scones, brownies, or other cookies, too. I want to try it in hot cocoa next!

Plus, pack it in a pretty jar and you have a DIY food gift that feels decadent and fancy, but is super-simple to make. This gift would be perfect for tea & coffee lovers, creative bakers, and anyone else who is obsessed with all things chai.

Bonus! Once you strain the sugar, you can reuse the spices for another batch or two of sugar to get more bang for your buck. Which means you can make one batch for a gift, and keep one all for yourself.  It’s a win-win.

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Vanilla Chai Quick Bread | #BrunchWeek

Vanilla Chai Quick Bread

Welcome to the second annual Brunch Week, hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game from May 5th-11th. From cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everyone this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway as well.  Please visit them all for more information.

I really need to get into the habit of keeping a quick bread on hand at all times. They are so tasty and versatile. Serve them at an impromptu brunch, or have a slice as an afternoon snack. Bring a few slices along to share when you meet a friend for tea or coffee. Take a loaf to a new mom, who is sure to appreciate a quick breakfast or snack she can enjoy on the fly. Spoon some fruit preserves and a little ice cream or whipped cream over the top for an easy dessert. The possibilities are endless.
Lately, my favorite way to enjoy this quick bread is spread with a spoonful of preserves at breakfast, with a smoothie or a side of eggs and some fruit. Bonne Maman was kind enough to send along a jar of their orange marmalade, which was perfect, as I’ve already run out of all my homemade marmalades. I’m loving the texture!

Vanilla Chai Quick Bread

Headnote: If you make them right, quick breads can be fairly healthy as well. For this vanilla chai loaf, I replaced the oil with some applesauce, and swapped out half of the flour for whole wheat pastry flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill).

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