Recipe adapted from The Tea Cup of Life. Hojicha is a traditional Japanese tea made from roasted green tea leaves. It has a smooth and naturally sweet taste with a delicious nutty, roasted flavour profile. It's low in caffeine, which makes it great for an afternoon pick me up!
We were inspired by our tea curator, Lu Ann Pannunzio, and adapted her original recipe for a salted caramel hojicha latte. She takes the latte to the next level with salted hojicha salt. You can get her tips on her tea blog, The Tea Cup of Life.
Hojicha is consumed both as a loose leaf tea and in powdered form; hojicha powder is perfect for lattes, and pairs wonderfully with homemade salted caramel sauce for a touch of sweetness. Make the caramel ahead of time and keep it in the fridge so you can have Hojicha Lattes with salted caramel sauce all week long!
Salted Caramel Sauce
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tbsp butter
- 6 tbsp heavy cream
- sea salt
- First, make the salted caramel. Add the sugar and water to a saucepan and allow to come to a boil over med-high heat. Do not stir, or the sugar will crystallize.
- Boil the sugar and water until it turns amber in colour; this should take around 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on this mixture to ensure it doesn't burn.
- As soon as the sugar turns amber, turn off the heat and carefully stir in the butter until melted. Then, stir in the heavy cream.
- Remove from the heat and stir in a large pinch of salt. Transfer the caramel to a clean jar and allow to cool. Keep refrigerated for up to one week.
- To make the Latte, whisk the hojicha powder with hot water.
- In a separate mug or heatproof glass, add 1-2 tbsp of the salted caramel sauce. Top with the whisked hojicha and steamed milk, and drizzle with extra caramel if desired.
- To make an iced latte, use cold instead of steamed milk and add a handful of ice!
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