In the spirit of holding on to this post because I had nothing (well, nothing all that valuable anyway) to say, I turned to my standby content generator and looked for quotes. When I think of chai, tea instantly comes to mind, so I started there.
I found a warm and fuzzy quote: “There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” – Lin Yutang
And a funny quote: “Hit me with your best pot.”
One for the drama queens: “We haven’t had any tea for a week…The bottom is out of the Universe.” – Rudyard Kipling
And my favorite quote that was not about tea at all: “I’m thinking. Please stand by.”
As luck would have it, I learned something too. All this time I was ordering a “chai tea” I was actually asking for a “tea tea” since “chai” is the Hindi word for tea. But because it is okay in the English language to bastardize whatever we possibly can, we use “chai” in reference to a style of spiced tea.
Just as we bastardized the language, I bastardized this recipe. I de-veganized it and baked it in the oven instead of the crock pot. I did not quite understand why I would put the bread in a bread pan only to bake it – so to speak – in a crock pot. I suppose this is a good option if you have an overwhelming urge to bake when your oven is broken, but other than that, I don’t see a lot of utility to it.
I’m all for making chai the next big thing. It’s warm and comforting and although I associate those feelings with tucking in for fall instead of waking up for spring, I’m willing to look ahead. Let’s call it fashion for foodies. So come fall, heck with the pumpkin, I want chai. Enjoy!
The tea quotes in this post (and more!) were found on this Twinings Tea pinterest board.
- Dry Ingredients
- 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Chai Spices
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- Wet Ingredients
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ cup double-strength brewed black tea (brew 1 tea bag in 4 ounces water)
- 2 tablespoons applesauce
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chai spices.
- In a separate bowl, mix the sugar and melted butter until well combined.
- Add the milk, tea, applesauce, and vanilla to the sugar and melted butter and mix it up again.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. The batter will be lumpy.
- Grease and flour a bread pan
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the loaf comes out clean.
- The bread is best when served warm.