Monday, October 01, 2012

Chai Loaf with Cinnamon Glaze {My Favourite Fall Treat, Revisited}

Last fall, I shared with you my favourite fall treat - Chai Loaf. That's all well & good except for the fact that my blogging photography was pretty poor when I first started out. (Last year's photo - epic fail. Not pin-worthy. At. All.) Not that I'm so amazing now, but I like to think my photography skills have improved somewhat. 

So today, I'm revisiting my favourite fall recipe with new & improved photos. :)

Chai Loaf

Prep time: 15 min. Total time: 3 hrs. 55 min (includes cooling time)
Makes 1 loaf or 4 mini loaves (as pictured above)

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter or marg, softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup prepared tea (I like to use Pumpkin Chai from David's Tea)
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. ground cardamom
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 for a full loaf (35 minutes for mini loaves) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean & slightly golden (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.

Note: I've had some feedback on some people having their loaf come out flat. You'll get the best results with a glass meat loaf type pan. If you're using a metal bread making type pan, you may end up with a loaf that isn't rounded at the top.

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  1. I LOVE chai! I'll have to try this out. :)

  2. Oh wow, these look absolutely delicious and I love chai! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

  3. Hello first visit here! Visiting from Not Just a Housewife. I absolutely adore Chai I am sure I would ♥ this bread. Yummo!
    Laurie @ Pride in Photos

  4. Karyn - Pint Sized BakerTuesday, October 02, 2012

    This looks and sounds wonderful! I love Chai tea, but have yet to bake anything Chai. Pinned this for later :)

  5. Yummy
    This cake looks great!
    I really like Chai tea so I'm already planning to make this cake

  6. this looks wonderful! I saw you on DIY Dreamer

  7. This looks delicious!! I am a huge Chai lover so I'll definitely have to try this. :) Pinning for later! - Being Inspired (


    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

  9. Oh wow. Definitely pinworthy. :) That sounds amazing!

  10. Lemonsforlulu.comTuesday, October 02, 2012

    Looks wonderful!!! Love the extra cinnamon on top!

  11. This looks fantastic!

  12. Tumbleweed ContessaTuesday, October 02, 2012

    Oh yum! I am pinning right now. I will have to try this soon. Thanks for sharing at the Tuesday Talent Show.

  13. My SIL just bought me some chai loaf - I have to make this!

  14. baked this cake yesterday and everyone just loooooooooooved it.

  15. This looks wonderful! I would love it if you stopped by and linked this up to my weekly link party. Hope to see you there!

  16. wow, that looks really amazing! I am pinning to use next week! Thanks for sharing. Would love for you to share at my Tuesday link party sometime..

  17. This looks so yummy! Will be following you on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing!

  18. I've never come across a recipe like this one before. Sounds perfect for fall! Pinning :)

  19. I am new to the Chai world (I recently made chai cupcakes) and I need some more recipes to try. Your bread sounds great!

  20. I love chai, but have never tried bread! Pinned for future baking! I've also remade several of my recipes from my "earlier years" of photography. We learn and grow a lot in a year!

  21. Sarah

  22. Jocelyn @BruCrew LifeMonday, October 08, 2012

    I like Chai too, but have never thought to use it in a bread!!! I bet the flavor of this is incredible!!!!

  23. Dorothy @ Crazy for CrustMonday, October 08, 2012

    YUM! Love this bread. And bot, do I understand the photo thing. :)

  24. This looks delicious and perfect for fall!

  25. I just baked this (literally just took it out of the oven) and I'd like some help with troubleshooting, if anyone has time. I definitely didn't do this right! lol It is kind of flat instead of beautifully rounded like yours and brown. I was wondering if the difference was due to using different kinds of chai tea, or using a glass dish, or if it's because I had to use Splenda instead of sugar. I'm going to try this again next week and see if I can get it right. Even though it doesn't look as pretty as the picture, it still smells amazing (and in a few hours, I will find out how it tastes!). :-) Thanks for the recipe; hopefully I can get it right next time!

  26. I am so glad you revisited this because it LOOKS SO GOOD! I have recently discovered my absolute love for chai tea. I've made Chai ice cream, I spike my french toast with some chai spices- the works. Now I can add this to my list!! If you have a minute, I'd love for you to link up to Sweet Sharing Monday -

  27. Kim from Sunflower Supper ClubTuesday, October 09, 2012

    This looks just yummy! I'm pinning as we speak. We are your newest followers. Thanks for linking up to the Weekend Potluck!

  28. Jenny Beth Martin - JenuineJenThursday, October 11, 2012

    YUM! Oh my gosh I have to try this.

  29. CJ @ Morsels of LifeTuesday, October 16, 2012

    I'm def a fan of chai, so I'll have to give this bread a try! Thanks for sharing. :)

  30. The Casual CraftleteFriday, September 20, 2013

    This Chai Loaf looks AMAZING!!! I will definitely have to try and make this soon. Stopping by from the Link Party Palooza! Have a wonderful night!


  31. I love this recipe. Made it as a stress relief treat for my fellow nursing students last yr and they were a hit! All I heard was "awwww" when there wasn't any left LOL. Oh I made enough for seconds, alright, they were just gone and some even picked the crumbs. Haha! I made them as muffins. Today I'm actually making another batch of these fall lovelies ;)


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