Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Chai Loaf

  I am loving fall. Well, here in Saskatoon it still feels like the middle of summer since our weather has been unusually warm. But I've started to see a few trees starting to don their autumn fashions, the nights are feeling cool, & school is back in full swing. It feels good to be back to the regular routine. With fall comes a change in menu & the foods we make take a bit of a turn. Soups, stews, & "comfort food" become regulars on my menu plan. I also tend to do more baking.

  Here is a great recipe for one of our favourite loaves. I'm pretty sure it will become a favourite of yours too.

Chai Loaf

Prep time: 15 min. Total time: 3 hrs. 55 min (includes cooling time)
Makes 1 loaf

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter or marg, softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup prepared tea or water (I use decaf chai)
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. ground cardamom (found it in the ethnic foods at superstore)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves

1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
3-5 tsp. milk
additional ground cinnamon

1) Heat oven to 350 F. Grease loaf pan with cooking spray.

2) In large bowl, beat sugar & butter with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in eggs, tea, milk, & vanilla on low speed until ingredients are well combined (will appear curdled) . Stir in remaining bread ingredients just until moistened. Spread in pan.

3) Bake 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (do not underbake). Cool 10 minutes in pan on wire rack. Loosen sides of loaf from pan; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool 30 minutes.

4) In small bowl, stir powdered sugar, vanilla, & 3 tsp. of the milk, adding more milk by the teaspoonfuls, until spreadable. Spread glaze over bread. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly & store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

  What are some of your favourite fall baking recipes? I'd love to hear about the things you're whipping up in your home. 

  Thanks for stopping by! 

Enjoy your day!

Linking up to: Nest of Posies Fall Festival, Tater Tots & Jello, & Craftaholics Anonymous


  1. One of my favs is hamburger soup. It is a recipe I got from Allison a fews years back. I have have tweaked it a bit here and there over time and now like to call it my own. :)I usually serve it with a side of garlic bread where I buy the frech bread but make my own garlic spread and eat it warm from the oven. A caesar salad is a nice addition too. Delish!

  2. Yum! I haven't had hamburger soup for years. I would love to try your recipe if you're willing to share? :)

  3. I can see that this is going to become a family favourite! I love chai lattes so I'm definitely going to love this!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

  4. Thanks for stopping by, Natasha! I hope you enjoy the Chai loaf. I also am a huge fan of chai lattes so this is one of my fav recipes!

  5. I love chai and I love fall. This is on my list of breads to make for sure. Hope you don't mind if I pin it.

  6. Go for it, Tanya! Thanks for stopping by & saying hello!

  7. This sounds really yummy!  Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Pinned on pinterest.  :)

    Tracy Screaming Sardine


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