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August 18th, 2014 - 09:44 pm

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just a recipe

I don't even know if anyone is here, but I need a quick place to post a recipe that can be put onto Pinterest, so here I am.

I've been thinking about maybe writing here again, but not now.



Someone else's image! So that Pinterest will let me post this. Ha.

This is a really tasty homemade version of Thai iced tea, without the dyes that are in the loose Thai tea you can get around here. Adapted from this recipe.

1 quart water
1 or 2 star anise
6 cloves
1 six inch cinnamon stick
1 cardamom pod
4 tablespoons ceylon tea (also known as orange pekoe)

1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 or 2 teaspoons orange flower water
a splash of vanilla extract

Place spices and tea in a brewing container. Boil 1 quart of water, pour over tea/spices, and steep for 5 minutes. Strain into another container, add the coconut sugar, and let cool to room temperature. Stir in the vanilla extract and orange flower water. Refrigerate until chilled.

Serve with coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, or as-is.

If you want a stronger spice flavor, steep the spices in 2 cups of water for 5 - 10 minutes, then add the rest of the water, the tea, and steep for 5 more minutes.
 
     

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From:chuckland
Date:2014-08-19 01:51 pm (UTC)
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I don't even know if anyone is here

Me...
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From:cordelia_sue
Date:2014-08-21 05:47 pm (UTC)
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Hey sugar!
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From:starrrie
Date:2014-08-21 02:41 am (UTC)
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I'm still here too, and this sounds delicious! I've never noticed spicy flavors in the Thai Iced Teas that I've had before. Would be interesting to try! :)
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From:cordelia_sue
Date:2014-08-21 05:48 pm (UTC)
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The spice is definitely there! It just all melds together. This is definitely the closest I've come to replicating the real deal.

It sucks because reading about it made me realise that the stuff I get in Thai restaurants all has dye in it. Ew!
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From:cathubodva
Date:2014-08-21 01:06 pm (UTC)
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This is so timely. Last week I was in an Asian grocery store looking for loose Thai tea and bemoaning the fact that it all had dye in it. Thanks!
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From:cordelia_sue
Date:2014-08-21 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it's really weird. My friend who lived in Thailand for a while said that the tea over there doesn't have dye in it. I think it's because they can use less expensive tea but still have the same orange color effect. Strange.

The coconut sugar is a big part of the flavor profile! Regular sugar just wouldn't be as good. You can omit the orange flower water if you want but we really liked the flavor it imparts. We made this a few times without the orange flower water and it was good, but not quite as complex.
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From:viotyka
Date:2014-08-23 08:56 am (UTC)
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I'm here! Do write more, livejournal has missed you.
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