Friday, September 19, 2014

Vanilla Bean Chai Pumpkin Loaf

Warm spices found in Chai tea, are paired with vanilla bean and pumpkin, in this moist delicious loaf of sweet bread.

Warm spices found in Chai tea, are paired with vanilla bean and pumpkin, in this moist delicious loaf of sweet bread.

In four days, it will officially be Fall. Which would explain why I've been seeing an obscene amount of Pumpkin recipe floating around Facebook and Pinterest. Fall has to be my favourite season. I love seeing the leaves change colour, I love apple picking and love the crisp fall air; the air smells differently in the fall. Since I would be a BAD blogger, if I didn't follow the trend and post at least one pumpkin recipe on my blog every fall, I decided to combine the flavours of one of my favourite teas, with pumpkin.

I knew the warm spices in Chai tea, would go well with pumpkin, because the spices used in most pumpkin desserts are similar. So, I decided to make a Chai tea pumpkin loaf. Since my tea also have vanilla undertones, I added some vanilla bean to my better. The result was insanely delicious. The bread was wonderfully moist, with a crunchy pumpkin seed streusel, which added a great sweetness and texture to the bread. This recipe happened to make two loaves, so I brought a fresh out of the oven loaf to school, to treat the teachers, just in time for lunch. I'm hoping they enjoyed it as much as we did.

Warm spices found in Chai tea, are paired with vanilla bean and pumpkin, in this moist delicious loaf of sweet bread.

Vanilla Bean Chai Pumpkin Loaf

1 1/2 C pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1 C sugar
3/4 C vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 C hot water
3 Vanilla Chai tea bags (regular Chai tea bags are also good)
3 whole cloves
1 vanilla bean
2 1/4 C all purpose flour
3/4 C whole wheat flour
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2/3 tsp salt

Pumpkin Seed Streusel
3 Tbs brown sugar
3 Tbs flour
2 Tbs butter
1/4 C raw pumpkin seeds/pepitas

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 2- 9 inch loaf pans and line with parchment paper.

Steep the Chai tea bags, cloves and vanilla bean in 3/4 C of hot water, for 3 minutes. Let cool slightly.

In a large bowl combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Using a wire sieve, strain the tea into the pumpkin mixture. Take the vanilla bean and cut in half lengthwise. Using the back of a knife, scrape out the vanilla seeds and also add to the pumpkin mixture. Whisk well to combine.

In a separate bowl, combine the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour equal amounts of batter, into each prepared loaf pans.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, and flour. Cut in the butter, until mixture resembles course crumbs, Mix in the pumpkin seeds. Sprinkle evenly over batter in both loaf pans.

Bake for 55-60 minutes; until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs. Let cool for 10 minutes in pans, before turning out to a wired rack.

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April J Harris said...

The teachers are very lucky! What a gorgeous fall loaf, Cindy. I love how you've combined two such wonderful fall flavours and the vanilla as well - I'm pinning this and adding it to my must make list!

Lynnette Moore said...

Chai tea is such a comfort to me, esp in these cold months to come, the flavors sound incredible Loo Hoo, lucky teachers! Nettie

Patricia @Grab a Plate said...

I love this recipe (especially the topping)!

Katerina said...

This is a very rich pumpkin loaf Cindy! All the spices and the chai make it a true flavor bomb! Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All posts get pinned on our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on culinaryflavors.gr! I hope to see you there!

mealplanmaven said...

Pumpkin bread is always amazing on its own...but with the addition of flavors from chai tea, I can only imagine how incredible your bread tastes!

Diane Balch said...

What an amazing combination of flavors. You better watch that Starbucks doesn't steal your recipe. Pinned. Thanks for bringing this by Weekend Bites.

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