Chai Pumpkin Bread

I hate to admit it, but, I’m kind of getting sick of pumpkin. Not entirely – just a little.  I’m sick of it in the way that I’m not eating it four times per day like I was early in October. I’m just tapering down I guess.

Though I’m eating less pumpkin than I was last month, I still need to get my fix. Enter: Chai Pumpkin Bread. Yes, this delightful quick bread, based on this recipe from Spork or Foon, combines chai with pumpkin. Seasonal heaven! Dense enough to be substantial, but still nice and light, try a slice with a smudge of butter and some cinnamon sugar. Ohmahgah. Yum. Even if you are tiring of pumpkin, give this one a go, you won’t be sorry.

Chai Pumpkin Bread
*Based on this recipe from Spork or Foon

2 1/4 cups flour (I used white whole wheat)
1/4 cup softened butter
1/4 plain low-fat yogurt
1 3/4 cup (or one 15 oz. can) prepared pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 black tea bags steeped in 1/4 cup hot milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger

1.) Pre-heat oven to 350*F. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
2.)Cream the butter, yogurt and sugar together in a large bowl. Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix in the pumpkin puree and the tea-steeped milk (make sure the tea has completely cooled before adding).
3.) In another bowl mix together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add the spices.
4.) Add the dry into the wet and mix until just combined. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan.
5.) Bake 1 hour and check if done by inserting a skewer in to the center. If it comes out clean you’re done. I wound up cooking mine for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
6.) When done, let the loaf sit in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and cool on a plate or cooling rack.

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Salt = sodium = bad. Sweet = calories = bad. Well, isn't that just a bleak outlook. I firmly believe that without salt and without sweet we all just live in a world of lettuce. Plain lettuce. Fun? No. This blog is about life. Namely, my life. But, not that specific. I myself am simply not that interesting. I live an ordinary life, work an ordinary job and do ordinary things. But... life is all about experiencing that feeling you get when you really, really like something. If you don't feel a little warm in your heart when you walk into a farmer's market or try on a piece of beautiful clothing that fits you perfectly (that just so happens to be a great deal!) then you should probably keep on a' movin' from my little plot of internet. Sweeter salt is my metaphor for the good things in life, sprinkled over everything in moderation. Banana? Kinda boring. Banana smoothie - yum! White tank top? Yawn. Statement necklace layered over said tank - now we're talking! I live in Portland, Maine. I love cooking, eating out, riding my bike and approachable fashion. This blog does not chronicle my every waking moment. This is because you will probably not be entertained by the 10th day in a row that I eat the exact same salad for lunch. It does chronicle a healthy, active, fun-filled, colorful lifestyle, in Portland and beyond. It also covers dogs. Cute ones mostly.
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9 Responses to Chai Pumpkin Bread

  1. jillian says:

    I have to have this in my life…must buy garam masala today. good stuff!

  2. I’m not tired of pumpkin because I haven’t baked nearly enough with it this season. I keep meaning to do it but than other things (like actual dinner, lol) take priority. This sounds fantastic and looks really moist!

  3. I love the idea of melding pumpkin with chai – what a great combo! This is a recipe that is a must try!

  4. Morgan_Lua says:

    Shoot Laura! I tried it out this weekend, but I must have done something wrong. Oh well I’ll have to try again!

  5. Jemina says:

    I don’t think I can be bored of pumpkin either, and THIS looks divine

    Thanks dear for sharing the recipe :)


  6. Sues says:

    Oh wow! I love the idea of combining the pumpkin and chai flavors :) I don’t think I ever really get “sick” of pumpkin, but I’m really glad pumpkin season only lasts a few months because it makes it so much more special! I hate when people eat pumpkin in June… it just doesn’t work for me!

  7. This recipe looks fantastic! I can not wait to try it!

  8. Mads says:

    I usually do pumpkin spice, but chai sounds DELICIOUS!!!
    I’m on it!

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