Chai Bread

Chai Bread -- A Pinch of Joy
Chai Bread -- A Pinch of Joy

I served chai bread for a ladies luncheon last summer. Subtly spiced, it was a lovely addition to the tea breads. It is also perfect for holiday dinners and buffets. And, as my friend Apple Valley Sue pointed out, it makes a very nice gift! Sue was my Secret Sister one year and gifted me with some chai tea bags – my introduction to the beautiful flavors of chai. I promised to get the recipe to Sue before the holidays so chai bread can be gifted to a hostess, a teacher, a neighbor or anyone else! So here it is!!!

Cardamom adds to the distinctive chai flavor. It is a rather expensive spice so do watch through the year for a spice sale or check the ethnic aisle (or ethnic stores, if you are lucky enough to have them nearby.) I use a chai tea bag to make the tea, but you can also use regular Lipton orange Pekoe. Let it steep at least 5 minutes to strengthen the chai flavor. Then make another cup to take five after you have the bread in the oven. The high baking temperature creates a crisp crust with a soft center. If the crust is deeply browned and the center wet and gooey the first time you do the toothpick check, reduce the temperature to 375. Your oven’s temperament outranks the directions always. Don’t be afraid to adjust temperature and time as needed. You can make a powdered sugar glaze for the top of chai bread, however we prefer it plain (fewer carbs). The bread will keep up to four days without refrigeration or up to 10 days with refrigeration. Also freezes well, unsliced, for up to 3 months.

Chai Bread

Yield: 1 loaf with 16 slices

Serving Size: 1 slice

Chai Bread

A subtly spiced quick bread, perfect for a buffet, a holiday dinner or just because.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup tea
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Place one chai tea bag in half cup of hot water and let steep until needed.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray bottom only of 9x5 loaf pan.
  3. Beat sugar and butter with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy.
  4. On low speed, add tea, milk, eggs and vanilla until well mixed. The mixture will be thin and will look curdled.
  5. Add all dry ingredients and stir gently until just mixed.
  6. Pour into baking pan and spread batter uniformly across the pan.
  7. Bake for 40-50 minutes until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean. Edges should pull away from sides of pan and be golden brown. Do not underbake.
  8. When done, remove from oven and let cool in pan for about 10 minutes, before turning out on cooling rack.
  9. Slice and serve at room temperature.
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Slow Cooker Apple Dessert

Slow Cooker Apple Dessert -- A Pinch of Joy
Slow Cooker Apple Dessert -- A Pinch of Joy

Slow cooker apple dessert is just that – a dessert. It isn’t a cobbler, cake or cookie. Just a nice fruity spicy snack or a not too sweet ending to a meal. This is a perfect dessert to make when you are working on a project at home because it makes the house smell amazing. Wouldn’t want to waste that cinnamon odor!!!

The dessert goes together really quickly! Pop it in the crockpot and do what you need to do! Dessert will be ready and waiting for you! The amount of chopped apple does not have to be precise. More apples just means the dessert will be more moist. Depending on your crockpot, check at 2 and a half hours just to make sure that the dessert is not browning too quickly. It is good warm or cold – my preference is cold because the flavors meld.   Don’t skip the topping because the cold, creamy smoothness really makes the other flavors shine!

Slow Cooker Apple Dessert

Yield: 8 servings

Slow Cooker Apple Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 - 6 medium apples, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ cup walnuts

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop apples.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder cinnamon and salt in mixing bowl.
  3. Add apples to flour mixture, coating apples lightly.
  4. In small bowl, mix eggs and vanilla. Add to apple mixture and stir until just moistened.
  5. Spray crockpot with cooking spray and spoon apple mixture into crockpot.
  6. Cover and bake on high about 3 hours.
  7. Serve with whipped topping.
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Honey Plum Tartlet

Honey Plum Tartlet -- A Pinch of Joy 3 ingredients for a sweet ending to your meal!
Honey Plum Tartlet -- A Pinch of Joy

Honey Plum Tartlets – Quick, easy, three ingredients, looks fabulous, and tastes as good as it looks! Just the right size for a  touch of sweetness after a good meal.

At our house, plums are a seasonal thing. Wheels loves to eat them out of hand, but there are always two or three left setting in the bowl for several days. This is a good way to use those last fruits of the season.  If you want a crispy pastry, prick each square several times with a fork before arranging the plums. I like puffy, crispy flakiness so I just leave them. For guests, a little “real” whipped cream on the side or a small scoop of very good vanilla ice cream is wonderful.

Honey Plum Tartlet

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 tartlet

Honey Plum Tartlet

Quick, easy, three ingredients, looks fabulous, and tastes as good as it looks! Just the right size for a touch of sweetness after a good meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 2-3 plums
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  1. Thaw puff pastry according to package directions.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Cut thawed pastry into six 4” squares and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  4. Slice plums about ½” thick and arrange on pastry.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until pastry is golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven. While still hot, drizzle about half a teaspoon of honey over the plums in each pastry.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  8. Can be made a few hours in advance, but best eaten the same day.
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