Sunday, September 18, 2011

Chai Pumpkin Loaf



The fall season is nearly here, and this makes me excited for two reasons. One, because I will be going home next month and will be able to see the bright and vibrant colors of the Oregon autumn, and two, because pumpkins are in season. Pumpkins are my absolute favorite vegetable; they're incredibly versatile and taste just as wonderful in a savory curry as they do in a sweet creamy pie. I recently acquired a lovely pumpkin patch loaf pan from Nordicware and have been patiently waiting for fall to come so that I could make some pumpkin bread. And as soon as September came around the corner, I took it out and made this amazing loaf. This is no normal pumpkin bread people; not only is it squash-y and cinnamon-y, but it has a little extra holiday flavor because of the addition of chai tea concentrate, and it's incredibly moist and rich thanks to the buttermilk. In all honesty, this is the best pumpkin bread I have ever had. It is also incredibly easy to make, as is evidenced by the extremely brief directions portion. I didn't add any nuts to it, but if you wanted to toss in some walnut pieces it would make a great addition. There will be another pumpkin recipe in not too long either, so make sure to save any pumpkin puree you have leftover...


Ingredients:

2 Eggs
1 and 3/4 Cups Flour
1 and 1/2 Cups Sugar
2/3 Cup Pumpkin Puree
1/2 Cup Butter, melted
1/2 Cup Chai Tea Concentrate
1/4 Cup Buttermilk
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Cloves
1/8 Teaspoon Ginger


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, blend together all of the ingredients with an electric mixer until completely combined.


Pour the batter into a well-greased loaf pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean.


Allow to cool for 20 minutes before attempting to remove the loaf from the pan. Serve immediately and refrigerate any leftovers.



23 comments:

  1. wow SO gorgeous. I love pumpkin and chai together. This sounds like a heavenly cake. I am in love with your tree trunk plate stand :-)

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  2. Never tried chai in pumpkin recipes. Love the idea. The loaf looks gorgeous.

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  3. Um... WOW. Cory and I bought some pumpkin butter scented candles today and it was giving me the biggest craving for pumpkin bread. I need to try making this gluten free with a different kind of flour: bet it's totally doable!

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  4. Chai tea is opne of my absolute favourites so pair it with another fave and this is a dessert I misy try.

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  5. This looks so good! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  6. This combination has to be fantastic! It's a must try for me as I'm in love with anything chai and anything pumpkin-y. Your photos are gorgeous! I'm pinning this recipe to try very soon. Thank you for sharing it!

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  7. Thanks you guys!

    @Jade: I am sure it would work well with some gluten-free flour blend. I know Bob's Red Mill sells a good one especially for baking.

    @Candace: Pumpkin and chai and two of my favorite flavors too! They always remind me of autumn and the holidays. I absolutely love the fall, so beautiful and so much good, warm, and comforting food!

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  8. YUM! Moist loaf is the best loaf. Regardless of how disturbing the word "moist" is.

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  9. I love Chai tea but have never seen the concentrate you used. What a delicious pairing with pumpkin - I can almost taste it!

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  10. It looks perfect! I think I might try this with butternut squash!

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  11. Just made this...it's great! The chai brings an extra dimension of flavor to the pumpkin. Instead of using pre-made chai concentrate, though, I made my own -- 1 chai teabag + 1 1/2 T brown sugar + a half a mug full of hot water. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  12. Awesome! I will have to get some dry chai tea, the concentrate is kind of expensive and I go through it pretty quick.

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  13. So....I've made this twice in the last week. I. Can't. Stop. It's so good--my new Fall fave!

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  14. Happy to hear it!!! It is pretty addicting :)

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  15. I am in love! I shared on my FB wall :)

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  16. Just made two loaves tonight! Delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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  17. Thank you both!!! I am really happy it turned out well for you :)

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  18. Sounds delicious. I also love your unique plate stand!

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  19. Stumbled across this recipe and it's baking as we speak. Waving to ya from your old stomping grounds neighbor in good ol Forest Grove!

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    1. Awesome!!! Wish I was there to watch the beautiful Oregon autumn take place, sure do miss those amazing fall colors. Let me know how you like it!

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  20. Delicious! Just made the recipe & it turned out very moist & flavorful. Doubled the recipe & added chocolate chips to half of the batter & made half into muffins (my husband loves pumpkin & chocolate).

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