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Last year El Nino was all the buzz here in Southern California. We all prepared for the wet winter with excitement and hope. Hope that we will finally come out of this horrible drought that our state has been dealing with for the past several years. We waited and waited. The rain never came.
While it has not been officially announced, I am pretty sure the meteorologists were a year off. This year we have had so much rain that I sometimes question whether we live in San Diego or Seattle. I get flash flood warnings on my phone almost every weekend. Since Californians are not quite used to the rain and especially not used to driving it, we try to stay home as much as possible. After all, rain is the best excuse to cuddle, watch movies, bake, and enjoy a nice cup of tea.
I have been craving recipes and drinks that make me warm, which is highly unusual for me this time of year. Usually, I crave simple fresh recipes that are more spring like. But since spring is not quite here, I’m sticking with the heavily spiced drinks that will keep me warm and fuzzy, which actually is quite appropriate as January is Hot Tea Month! Did you know that tea is second only to water as the most widely consumed beverage in the world? It is certainly one of my favorite beverages (both cold and hot) and I stock up on Bigelow Tea every time I am at Walmart.
One of my favorite teas is Bigelow’s Vanilla Chai. It has a spicy yet sweet flavor to it and is creamy and delicious even without extra milk (for drinking). I love also using it in recipes because the strained flavors are incredibly pronounced and perfect. For this particular recipe, I steep about three tea bags in hot milk for a good ten minutes, all while trying to resist the urge to drink it myself. I then use the milk as I would in any recipe. This is also great for pancakes, waffles, frosting, and cookies.
After steeping the milk, I blend the sugars and butter, add the eggs one at a time, then alternatively mix the flour and spice mixture and the chai tea milk with the batter. Pour it into a well great bundt pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, and you have yourself an aromatic, warm and cozy slice of Vanilla Chai Bundt Cake! Pair a slice with a cup of Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea or Constant Comfort and a good book and you have the perfect components to a relaxing “chill by the fire” kind of day!
Bigelow has just launched a campaign called#TeaProudly. #TeaProudly is a welcoming place that keeps all tea lovers informed about what’s brewing and gives rise to expression! So, Bigelow wants to know how you #TeaProudly? Join the platform on Facebook or Twitter and tell us what special memories have been made over a warm, beautiful cup of tea.