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Really frothy chai latte

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Since returning from Stockholm I’ve been dreaming about the café lattes topped with creamy soya foam that I enjoyed there.

It was really easy to find soya milk at Starbucks’ many Swedish cousins and even in the more traditional coffee shops called konditorier.

Even so, I noticed that the froth on soya lattes was not so robust as the dairy variety and I wondered if adding a little fat would make it firmer. I found that a small amount of coconut oil made all the difference, while also adding a pleasant taste to the drink.

And because I’m trying not to drink too much coffee, I made this chai latte, laced with warming spices, instead. Sometimes I add some freshly grated ginger too, while those with a sweet tooth may prefer a spoonful or two of agave or rice syrup.

Chai latte 3
Makes one large cup

Large pinch of Quilan oolong tea
Small pinch of cloves
Small pinch of fenugreek
A few cardamom pods
150ml soya milk
1 tsp coconut oil
Ground cinnamon or nutmeg

Crush the spices roughly in a mortar. Pour boiling water over the tea and spices and leave to brew. Meanwhile, heat the soya milk and coconut oil in a small saucepan. Use a stick blender to whizz the mixture up to a good froth, then pour it gently over the tea and sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg.

If the tea is too hot, the milk may curdle when you pour it in. This is no problem – blend again for a few more seconds and the chai will be restored to perfect creaminess with its froth intact.

Sip slowly, remembering that spring will be here soon, as this celandine spotted outside yesterday reminds us…