Earl Grey Jelly

Decided to throw a #virtualpartea today on Instagram Stories with a fun template (scroll to the end of the recipe to find it!) and this recipe – my contribution to your at-home, social distancing virtual tea party. As we’re all practicing our hand washing skills regularly and keeping physical distance apart from one another, it’s tough to find some cheer in the world! So join in the fun – let everyone know what you’re making or bringing to the party, and tag some friends to join in the fun! I’ll be sharing responses to everyone’s answers to the story template on my own Instagram account @onemoresteep!

Earl Grey Jelly – Makes 2 cups

¾ cup water
1½ cup sugar
3 tbs Earl Grey loose leaf tea (I used DavidsTea’s Organic Earl Grey)
2 tbs agar-agar¹

¹ If you don’t have agar-agar, you can use gelatin instead – just use the same amount!

Steep Earl Grey tea in water for as long as the steeping instructions tell you for a cup (usually ~5 minutes)
Strain out/remove tea leaves.
Add tea and water together in a sauce pan, heat over medium heat.
Stir until sugar is fully dissolved.
When close to boil, stir in agar-agar.
Allow it to come to a boil – keep stirring!
After 5 minutes of boiling, remove from heat.
Pour into clean containers.
Once fully cool (and it’s had to a chance to turn into a jelly), put on an air-tight lid and keep in your fridge.

Earl Grey Jelly goes great on toast, scones, and basically anywhere you’d use fruit-based jellies.

If you make this Earl Grey Jelly, I’d love to see your photos! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@onemoresteep #onemoresteep) or comment below with a link to the photo!


Masala Chai Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are pretty amazing. They’re a great source of protein, fats, thiamine, niacin, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc – almost other fantastic nutrients. Chia seeds have also been made popular by chia pets (I know you’ve seen those commericals!) and are a great way to thicken stuff up – I used them in my recipe Easy Chia Seed Jam.

This recipe utilizes that Chai Spice Mix featured last week in my recipe for a Masala Chai. I’ve been really into that spice blend recently because it’s just so good – and who doesn’t love a little cardamom in their food or drink? If you recall from last week, chai means tea… But there is no tea in this recipe, and I’m just rolling with it right now. It’s not the most attractive of desserts, but I genuinely don’t think any chia pudding looks that great unless it’s been prettied up – a lot.

Masala Chai Chia Pudding – Serves 4

⅓-¼ cups chia seeds – use less if you want a thinner pudding, but more if you want a thicker consistency
1 cup milk¹
2 tsp Chai Spice Mix
Agave syrup, fresh fruit, granola²

Chai Spice Mix
2 tbs ground cardamom
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tbs ground nutmeg
½-1 tbs ground ginger
½ tbs ground black pepper

¹ You can use any type of milk for this – dairy or dairy-free alternatives. I personally use an organic unsweetened non-GMO soy milk.
² Completely optional, but it’s nice for the sweetness!

Mix together milk and spices in a bowl (I use a whisk).
Add in agave syrup (if using this as an option).
Mix in chia seeds and mix until well incorporated.
Let it rest for about 5 minutes, the seeds will begin to settle.
Whisk again to suspend the chia seeds thoroughly throughout your mixture.
Put in an air-tight container into your fridge for a minimum of 1 hour to let it thicken up.
Keeps in the fridge for ~3 days.

To serve: spoon into small jars/glasses, top with fresh fruit or granola – or eat plain!

If you make Masala Chai Chia Pudding for yourself (and a friend), I’d love to see your photos! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@onemoresteep #onemoresteep) or comment below with a link to the photo!


Masala Chai

The first thing we’ll discussed about the recipe is name. Chai is the Indian word for tea – so when you ask for a “chai tea latte”, you’re really asking for a tea tea latte. Masala is the word for a blend of spices, or spiced. So when I say Masala Chai, I’m preferring to a spiced tea. Traditionally, a masala chai is made with black tea and there are so many varieties of spices that can be used in your masala chai – so here’s just one tea enthusiast’s take at making a Masala Chai at home. This recipe makes enough for you – one for you & one for someone special!

Masala Chai – Serves 2

2 cups water
2 tbs brown sugar
2 tbs Chai Spice Mix
2 tbs looseleaf black tea¹
1 cup milk²

Chai Spice Mix³
2 tbs ground cardamom
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tbs ground nutmeg
½-1 tbs ground ginger
½ tbs ground black pepper

¹ There’s no hard or fast rule to what type of black tea to use. I generally opt for a straight/traditional black tea, and I’ll give you internet bonus points for choosing a tea that’s from the Darjeeling or Assam regions of India.

² This isn’t a vegan/vegetarian recipe, but it’s pretty easy to make it into one. Simply opt for a dairy-free milk option. I go with an unsweetened organic soy milk option for my regular day-to-day life.

³ Ground spices are a lot easier for me, personally. I do substitute in green cardamom pods (just crush them before using). You can also opt for a cinnamon stick (half should do it). I always recommend freshly ground ginger if you can get your hands on it. And I always buy peppercorns and have them in a grinder to do it myself. The spice mixture is fairly similar to the one in my Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies, but I find lowering the amount of ground ginger makes it a bit more palatable for more people.

Prepare Chai Spiced Mix
Mix all dry ingredients together.
Store in an air-tight glass jar.
If using fresh ingredients, mix a small amount into a bowl.

Making the Masala Chai
In a small saucepan, heat your water and brown sugar together.
Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved, and allow it to come to a boil.
Add in Chai Spice Mix and black tea, allow to simmer.
Add milk, stir, and allow it to come to a second boil.
Remove from heat, strain when pouring into cups or teapot.

If you make Masala Chai for yourself (and a friend), I’d love to see your photos! Be sure to tag me on Instagram (@onemoresteep #onemoresteep) or comment below with a link to the photo!