Great chai flavored sugar to add to your warm weather drinks or baking. Also makes a great gift.
Step 1: BoM
This recipe is written for easy increasing or decreasing. Also remember that your taste preferences will differ from mine. I like a spicy chai, so I use peppercorns. I think cardamon tastes like soap, so I'll use less of it and won't use ground because I want to be able to pick it out if the sugar is getting too cardamon-y for me.
1 cup sugar
1/2-1 cinnamon stick
4 whole cardamon pods (or 2 tsp ground)
4 whole star anise
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
4-8 whole cloves
4 whole peppercorns -optional
1/4 vanilla bean, split open -optional
Step 2: Prep Spices
Break up the cinnamon stick into slightly smaller pieces. This makes it easier to remove later and helps distribute the cinnamon. Grind up whatever spices need grinding, I don't don't do this because I want to be able to remove anything that is infusing quicker than the other spices.
Step 3: Combine
Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and stir.
Step 4: Infuse
Add the sugar and spices to an airtight container and let sit undisturbed for a week or two. Give a stir or shake before each use. As time goes on, you can add more sugar and spices to your container to keep the chai sugar from depleting.