Kitchen Creations

Saturday, December 17, 2011

"Chai" adding a little spice to your life!

My husband and my friend Anna adore Chai tea and I'm quite partial to it myself.  When looking for a recipe to make for our recent small group gathering, I found one for Chai Gingerbread bars on the Tasty Kitchen food blog.  These bars smell absolutely heavenly while cooking! My boys could not stay away from the kitchen, asking every few minutes if they were ready to taste. 

A few hints, when you spread the batter in the pan it will not look like it's enough, but as the recipe assured, it most certainly is.  The flavor of the chai is fairly mild and is far more pronounced when the bars are cold, although they are very tasty warm out of the oven too.  I think I will double the Chai spice in my next batch because we like spice in our family!

"Chai" spicing up winter with this delicious treat!

Chai Gingerbread Bars 
Recipe adapted from Tasty Kitchen food blogIngredients:
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp. Cinnamon
½ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
1-2 tsp. Chai Tea Leaves (Orginal recipe calls for 1 tsp, which is one tea bag full.  We like more spice so use 2 tsp.)
½ tsp. Ground Cloves
1 tsp. Ground Ginger
½ tsp. Baking soda
1 cup Butter, softened
¾ cup Brown Sugar
½ cup White Sugar
2 Large Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Tbsp. Fresh Grated Ginger

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees & prepare a 9X13 inch baking pan with either butter or cooking spray.
* Combine flour and spices in a large bowl, mix 
* Beat butter and sugars together until soft 
* Add eggs one at a time, mix well. 
* Add in vanilla & grated ginger.  
* Mix ingredients on low, adding the flour mixture
   until flour is blended in.
* Scoop the batter into the prepared pan. 
* Spread it out evenly. 
 (It won’t look like enough batter, but it is, don’t 
* Using a greased spatula (b/c the batter is very
  sticky), smooth the batter out evenly.
* Sprinkle the top with white sugar
  (this is optional, but it adds a nice texture
  contrast & looks very pretty)
* Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
* Cool completely before cutting.
These bars are great while warm, but seriously amazing when cold!!!

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