Chaga Maple Steamer Recipe

Posted by Kaitlin Lawless on

The flavors of Chaga and Maple are great together! I remember once when I was very young, my father let me sample the maple sap when it wasn’t quite a syrup yet, but had undergone a decent amount of boiling. It reminded me of hot chocolate, without the heavy dark-chocolate notes. When sipped in the frigid Saranac Lake winter, it warmed me right up! I also have fond memories of myself and younger siblings enjoying steamed vanilla milk when the adults would have coffee. These tidbits of nostalgia are the inspiration for today’s recipe. I wanted something with the texture of hot chocolate, but with the flavor of Chaga and Maple, a truly Adirondack beverage. After completing this recipe I’m not going to lie, it’s sinfully delicious! If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you must give this recipe a try!

Ingredients - Chaga Chunks, Maple Syrup, Milk, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon

Ingredients:

    1-2 Birch Boys Chaga Chunks or 1-2 Tbsp Birch Boys Chaga Tea

    4 cups of whole milk (or full fat milk-alternative)

    ½ cup half and half (or unsweetened cream alternative)

    ¼ cup of Dark Maple Syrup

    Pinch of salt

    Dash of cinnamon (Optional The cinnamon definitely makes this beverage reminiscent of French Toast, which I adore, but for a pure maple-chaga flavor you may want to omit)

    ¼ tsp vanilla extract

    Image comparision, Left Side is white milk with chaga chunks, right side is chaga-steeped milk that is a beige-tan color

Instructions:

    1. Heat 4 cups of milk and the half and half on medium-low heat with 1-2 chaga chunks until the milk is a deep off-white color and foamy (make sure not to let the milk fully boil, or it will become chunky). This process will take 10-20 minutes.

    2. Reduce heat to low

    3. Remove chaga chunks and add ¼ cup of maple syrup, stirring until thoroughly combined

    4. Add ¼ tsp of vanilla extract

    5. Add a dash of cinnamon (optional)

    6. Pour and serve!

    Final result, Chaga Maple Steamer in a green mug next to chaga chunks and maple syrup

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