Yum Peaceful Cooking: Chai Tea Jello Shots #SundaySupper

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Chai Tea Jello Shots #SundaySupper

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When you think of fall foods, does jello flit through your head?

Probably not.

What if the jello flavor were....chai tea? And what if we took it a step further by adding some spiced rum?

And then went even 5 steps further and topped it with pumpkin pudding?! Now we're talking!

This really is a fun little appetizer type dessert-ish un-drink almost cocktail, that would be great for your fall get-togethers. If you're not into rum, thats fine. Just leave it out. No worries. The beauty of this is that you control the strength of everything, from how strong and sweet the tea is to how strong (or non-existent) the alcohol  is.

Chai Tea Jello Shots
Makes approximately 12 shots (depending on the shot size)

2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup sugar, or according to taste. I recommend making it a bit extra sweet to balance the rum.
3 chai tea bags
2 packets of unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup spiced rum or according to taste (optional)
12 spoonfuls of pumpkin pudding (recipe to follow if needed)
Ground cinnamon
Ground nutmeg
12 whole roasted pepita seeds plus more for grinding

Stir the sugar into the boiling water until dissolved. Remove from heat and add the tea bags. Allow to steep for several minutes. Remove teabags, squeezing out the excess "tea" from the bags. Taste, adjust sugar if needed.

Stir in the gelatin and stir continuously until thoroughly dissolved, about 5 minutes. Add in the rum. Taste, adjust accordingly.

Carefully fill your shot glasses

Refrigerate for a few hours or over night.

Meanwhile, make some pumpkin pudding. The recipe below makes more than you'll need, but it's really good, so you'll want to eat it anyway. (or make more shots hee hee)

Pumpkin pudding:
Inspired by: My Recipes

6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 3/4 cups milk (I didn't have enough milk so I used cream and it was wonderful)
1 large egg
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine the sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Combine the milk and the egg, whisking together thoroughly. Gradually add to the sugar and cornstarch and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Whisk and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Combine the pumpkin, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in a bowl. Slowly add the pumpkin mixture to the milk mixture, whisking constantly. Place the pan over low heat and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until thoroughly heated. DO NOT BOIL!

Divide among 4 dessert bowls (or one big bowl), cover the surface with plastic wrap and chill.

Once everything is chilled, take a handful of pepitas and grind them up in a spice grinder (I have an extra coffee grinder that I use just for spices).

Set up garnish station with a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg and extra pepitas

Place a dollop of pumpkin pudding on each shot, sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg and ground pepitas and top with a whole pepita seed. 

Serve with tiny spoons and enjoy leisurely. 

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  1. What a fun, creative recipe...this would be SO FUN for my Thanksgiving appetizer table!!

  2. I am with Wendy; perfect for an app table. These are so gorgeous!

  3. What a creative recipe, Danielle. Love the combo of chai and pumpkin and rum! Yum =)

  4. Ok I definitely need to give you creativity points for chai tea shots! Never in a million years would've thought of it.

  5. This is definitely branching out for me, thanks for the cool recipe!

  6. I love these little cups! Chai and pumpkin sounds great together and the spiced rum kicks it up a notch!

  7. This is such a great idea for a Halloween party :)

  8. What a fund treat, Danielle! Love the combination of flavors!

  9. Truly an awesome array of recipes including yours. Yum.

  10. OMG, this is so creative!! I love grown-up jello!!

  11. Great roster of recipes. Fun to look thru. I was impressed what a fine texture your bread had. Very very nice. It's been a long time since I have used sour dough starter. I almost forgot about it.


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