I’m going to talk about my happy place for a minute and please know that I understand this may be a little hard to take if you are still somewhere that is covered in snow and ice.
Spring IS coming so just have faith and bear with me on this one!!
What does this have to do with Vanilla Chai Tea Panna Cotta? Yes. Ok, back to my happy place and I’ll explain.
Come rain or shine (because we don’t get snow here) you will find me working out back on my patio. It’s pretty much my outdoor office. Overlooking the pool and our little lake while I am working is so peaceful.
Well, unless a nearby neighbor is roofing for five. days. straight. or someone busts out a chainsaw to trim trees.
Usually it’s pretty quiet (and certainly quieter than it is inside when all of the boys are home) and I can write, pay bills, catch up on my blog reading and generally organize my thoughts.
While I love having my coffee every morning, for most of the year it tends to warm up pretty quickly around these parts. By mid morning – and sometimes earlier – I switch from my hot coffee to an iced coffee or, one of my newest favorites, an iced Chai Tea Latte.
While I’ve certainly had hot chai tea on occasion over the years I personally like it better on ice. Chai is interesting because it has that little spicy kick from the cinnamon, clove and ginger and it’s such a nice change from my regular coffee.
Every now and then I like to take a little extended lunch break and catch up on some of my reading and have a little special treat by the pool. Don’t tell the boys. 😉
I don’t really want anything too heavy in the afternoon otherwise I could slip into a nice
food coma cat nap and doze until the boys get home. And today was a little rainy so one more excuse for a nap.
International Delight now offers their Chai Tea Lattes in two flavors – Vanilla Chai and Caramel Chai – so I can have my own little coffee house treat (and this dessert) right at home.
This Vanilla Chai Tea Panna Cotta is airy and delicious and it’s so easy to make with only 10 minutes prep.
The addition of a few balsamic drenched strawberries? Perfection. I hope you get a chance to try the recipe AND a nice iced Chai Tea Latte in your own “happy place” real soon!
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- 1 cup International Delight Vanilla Chai Tea Latte
- 1 tablespoon unflavored powdered gelatin
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1/3 cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 8-10 large strawberries with tops cut off and sliced
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Place the Chai Tea Latte in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the top.
- Let stand for 5 minutes to soften the gelatin.
- Pour Chai Tea mixture into a saucepan and stir over medium heat just until the gelatin dissolves but the tea does not boil, about 3 minutes.
- Add the cream, sugar, and salt and stir until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat.
- Pour evenly into 6 dessert or wine glasses - depending on the size you may get 8. You could also use ramekins.
- Cool for about 5 minutes then refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours or overnight.
- About an hour before serving, place the sliced strawberries, 1 tbsp sugar and balsamic vinegar in a medium bowl.
- Stir to coat and let sit for one hour.
- Spoon the strawberries evenly on top of the chilled panna cotta and serve.
- Depending on size of serving vessels you may get 8 desserts.
Claire is a wife and busy working Mom to three boys and A Little CLAIREification is a lifestyle blog committed to bringing readers “Bright Ideas On A Budget” – from recipes, crafts and DIY projects to time management tips, meal planning and inspiration.
A self proclaimed CHEESE addict and lover of Sharpie markers in every color known to man, Claire also likes to throw a little fun and laughter in the mix as well.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.