Chai Tea Bread - SRC


For this month's Secret Recipe Club, I thought I'd try something a little different than my usual chicken or dessert pick:  a quick tea bread.

This Chai Tea Bread is from Morsels of Life, hosted by CJ Huang.  CJ started her blog after switching jobs and reducing her daily commute from 2 hours each way (ouch!) down to a much more reasonable 20 minutes, thus finding herself a good amount of free time.


Not too sweet like some other tea breads, it also has just the right amount of sweet spices to complement those in the chai.  Plus to top it all off, the unique coconut topping offers a light, delicate crunch.

Because the coconut does soften up overnight, for the best crunch this tea bread should be served the same day it's made.  However, if somehow there are leftovers, store in a tightly sealed bag or container up to 3 days.


Slice and place (cut side up) on a baking sheet under the broiler a few minutes, then spoon on some jam to make delightfully sweet breakfast toast.

Chai Tea Bread 
Adapted from: Morsels of Life
Yield: 1 loaf


cooking spray
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup brewed chai tea, cooled
3/8 cup milk (low-fat okay)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. table salt
1/8 cup sweetened shredded coconut
 
Preheat oven to 350F.  Lightly spritz loaf pan with cooking spray; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together with a mixer on low for 30 seconds, then increase to medium and continue to mix for another minute.  Add eggs, chai tea, milk, and vanilla; continue to mix on medium-low another minute.

In a separate bowl whisk flour, baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and salt together by hand.

Add dry mixture to wet mixture.  Combine on low just until moistened.


Use a rubber spatula to scrape batter into prepared loaf pan.  Sprinkle shredded coconut evenly over top.


Bake 45-50 minutes until coconut is toasted brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Note that the tea bread will not rise much.


Place pan on cooling rack for 10 minutes.  Run a knife around inside edges of pan; pop tea bread out and place back on cooling rack.


Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Important note! Because this post is participating in a blog hop, some of the recipes below might not be kosher.

Comments

Chai tea - what a fun and unique flavor to add to a quick bread. Thanks for sharing!!
Camilla Mann said…
This looks so tasty, Dena. I didn't know that about the coconut softening up. Thanks for sharing.
CJ Huang said…
Thanks for reminding me about this bread! It's been a while since I've made any. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
Jessie Weaver said…
I am drinking chai right now and chai bread sounds fantastic! Definitely putting this on the list of recipes to make.
Wendy Klik said…
I will bet this was just delicious with the chai and the coconut flavors
Colleen Bauer said…
Sounds lovely. Great pick!
Stephy said…
I love the combination of chai and coconut. This recipe looks so wonderful. I will absolutely make it the next weekend I make tea bread.

Wonderful SRC post.
dena said…
Thank you all!

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