Le Chai Dessert


Le Chai

The #PaletteForYourPalate Tea Dessert Le Chai is Pastry Chef Mina Pizarro’s creation, inspired by TEALEAVES Monsoon Chai + Pantone 205C + Mood: Exotic.


Authentically steeped in the complexity of hand-ground cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and pepper, this chai pays tribute to every mother’s stovetop.


Elephants speak to the exotic nature and origins of our Monsoon Chai.


“Dazzling and dynamic, this bright, vibrant pink is passionate and playful”

Vice President | Pantone Color Institute™

Chef's Notes:
Blending Tea + Color + Mood

“Based on its notes, the Monsoon Chai pairs well with flavors such as lychee, floral jasmine and black locust flower. And the color lends to the exoticism— I feel like the black against the pink, with the flowers, is perfect for the mood.”

— Mina Pizarro, Pastry Chef at Juni

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Le Chai

“We have a chai ganache and a chai dentelle, so I created a lychee sorbet and lime posset to balance the aromatic spices. Pistachio crumble and basil oil add complexity to the dessert, light yet flavorful.”

- Pastry Chef Mina Pizarro

Servings: 1

Keywords: Pantone, Dessert

  • Prep Time: 1 hours 0 mins
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  • Total Time: 1 hours 0 mins


Le Chai Dessert

  • Vanilla Crémeux (see recipe below)
  • TEALEAVES Monsoon Chai Ganache (see recipe below)
  • Lime Posset (see recipe below)
  • Pistachio Crumble
  • Lychee Sorbet (see recipe below)
  • Basil Oil
  • TEALEAVES Monsoon Chai Dentelle (see recipe below)
  • Pink Peppercorns

Vanilla Crémeux

  • 2 ½ Bloomed Gelatin
  • 100 Grams Egg Yolks
  • 225 Grams Heavy Cream
  • 350 Grams White Chocolate
  • 350 Grams Whipped Cream
  • ½ Vanilla Bean, Scraped

TEALEAVES Monsoon Chai Ganache

Lime Posset

  • 300 Grams Heavy Cream
  • 60 Grams Sugar
  • Zest of Lime
  • 2 Bloomed Gelatin
  • 40 Grams Buttermilk
  • 60 Grams Lime Juice
  • 1 Gram Lactic Acid
  • ¼ Tsp. Salt

Lychee Sorbet

  • 2 Cans Lychee with Juice
  • 135 Grams Lime Juice
  • 18 Grams Simple Syrup (see recipe below)

TEALEAVES Monsoon Chai Dentelle

Simple Syrup

  • ½ Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Sugar


Le Chai Dessert

  1. Arrange vanilla crémeux, ganache, and lime posset on a dessert plate.
  2. Place TEALEAVES Monsoon Chai Dentelle on the plate.
  3. Scoop out Lychee sorbet and place gently on top of dentelle.
  4. Drizzle basil oil, sprinkle with pistachio crumble and grind some pink peppercorn on top.
  5. Enjoy!

Vanilla Crémeux

  1. Heat heavy cream and vanilla scraping in a pot.
  2. Temper yolk and heat to 80 ºC.
  3. Add bloomed gelatin and strain over melted white chocolate.
  4. Stir mixture to emulsify.
  5. Fold in whipped cream (soft).

TEALEAVES Monsoon Chai Ganache

  1. Heat TEALEAVES Monsoon Chai Whole Leaf Pyramid Teabags in a saucepan.
  2. Allow the aroma to come through and deglaze with heavy cream.
  3. Allow to steep and strain over melted white chocolate and glucose syrup.
  4. Stir mixture to emulsify.

Lime Posset

  1. Bring heavy cream, sugar and zest to a boil.
  2. Add gelatin and strain over buttermilk, lime juice and lactic acid mixture.
  3. Season with salt.
  4. Refrigerate.

Lychee Sorbet

  1. Blend all ingredients.
  2. Transfer into an ice cream machine and proceed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

TEALEAVES Monsoon Chai Dentelle

  1. Steep TEALEAVES Monsoon Chai Whole Leaf Pyramid Teabags in warm milk.
  2. Strain and reserve for use.
  3. Combine all ingredients except cocoa powder in pan.
  4. Cook mixture to 118 ºC.
  5. Whisk in cocoa powder and reserve to cool.
  6. Spread thin and bake at 400ºF for 2 minutes.
  7. Pull and shape.

Simple Syrup

  1. Combine water and sugar in saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir continuously until sugar is fully dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.


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