12.08.2008

sweet deal.

I am not a baker. Occasionally I experience baking whims, and quite often they turn into baking flops (as in...flop into the trash). I spend time buying odd ingredients (cardamom? root beer extract?) and then waste hours trying to devise ways to use them in the future. But when I spotted these Chai-Spiced Tea Loaves, it just felt right. I threw caution to the wind and turned out pleasantly surprised. Nearly every ingredient was in my cabinet and the process was a lazy baker's dream! Not to mention they were easy on the wallet and look awful cute tucked into a little gift box all tied up with string...

Chai-Spiced Tea Loaves

1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon water
1 black tea tea bag (I used french vanilla black tea)
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons chai spice blend OR 6 TBS of powdered chai mix*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
5 large eggs OR 1 1/4 cup Egg Beaters
1 cup confectioners' sugar

Yield: Six mini loaves

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour six mini metal loaf pans. I only used five-which made for pleasantly plump loaves.

2. Heat 1/2 cup water until it boils. Place tea bag in water and set it aside to steep.

3. Combine flour, chai spice (or alternate!), baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

4. In small bowl, mix yogurt with 1/3 cup cooled tea; discard any remaining tea. This is a very scary looking mix, but I promise-it will be delicious.

5. In large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Gradually beat in granulated and brown sugar.

6. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until well blended. Mix in both flour and yogurt mixture until combined. Spoon batter evenly into prepared pans.

7. Bake loaves until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Mine took about 35-40 minutes. Cool loaves in pans for 15 minutes, then remove from pans and allow to cool for another 30 minutes.

8. Mix confectioners' sugar and remaining 1 tablespoon water until it creates a smooth, thick glaze. Place glaze in Ziploc bag; snip opening from corner, and drizzle glaze over loaves. Let stand until glaze sets, about 20 minutes.

Enjoy! Delicious with peppermint tea :)

*Now, I love chai. But I've never seen "chai spice". I substituted for 6 TBS of Pacific Chai powder. Not nearly as classy, but it got the job done.

2 comments:

  1. hmm...that looks good! I also see a cute tree in the background! =) Love it!

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