InspirationFitSugar Chai-Spiced Polenta
I'm always on the lookout for new breakfast porridge/oatmeal flavors, so I was interested to try this chai-spiced polenta. When I mentioned I was going to make this for myself for breakfast, Husband Jeff said, "I thought you didn't like chai?" Yes, that's true, I don't normally care for chai-flavored items, but I figured I would try this out. Maybe my tastes had changed and evolved since I've gotten older.
As per usual, I used almond milk instead of cow milk. And I skipped the sweetener since I add a "float" on top of non-dairy creamer, which is usually sweet enough.
And I used instant polenta, which is awesome stuff. It only takes five minutes to thicken once it comes to a boil.
|Pot of polenta|
VerdictThis was only ok, I guess I still don't like chai. Actually, I think the main thing I didn't like about my version was the cloves, it's such a dark, intense flavor. And it's weird, because I love the smell of cloves, but apparently not the taste.
I think I should have added sweetener to the polenta as it cooked, the polenta was really boring aside from the intense spice blend that I didn't really care for.
Unfortunately I made a full batch of the polenta, which was four servings. I had a few servings of oatmeal in the fridge as backup, but I figured that I would keep trying it to see if I could come up with something that I did like, so I had multiple opportunities to try to try to fix it up a bit.
- First bowl, ate it as-is, only added a milk float. Not good.
- For the second bowl, I added more cinnamon and 1/4 of an apple diced. It didn't really help it, the clove flavor was still at the forefront. Bleh.
- For the third bowl, I added more cinnamon, more ginger powder, crystallized ginger, and evaporated cane juice sugar, and skipped the milk float. That was definitely better. I was actually planning to ditch the last serving since I was hating it so much, but this redeemed the polenta.
- The fourth bowl became spicy Mexican chocolate by adding 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder, a sprinkle of cayenne, cane juice sugar, and more cinnamon. This reminded me of chocolate Malt-O-Meal, which I like, but this still wasn't very good.