Chai Tea Fruit Loaf

This week I have another recipe from my 2014 food predictions list and its one I am really excited to share with you, Chai Tea Fruit Loaf! This lovely fragrant tea loaf was wonderful fresh out of the oven and lovely the next morning as toast for breakfast and it made an amazing afternoon pick-me-up! From the moment it came out of the oven in the morning I couldn’t stop going back to it all day and into most of the evening. I had to force myself to keep some for breakfast the next day ;)

chai tea fruit loaf

Chai Tea & Fruit

chai tea fruit loaf

In this version of the loaf I am sharing with you today I used my Homemade Chai Tea Mix to flavour the fruit with, traditionally it is made with good old fashioned English Breakfast Tea and it is a lovely combination, and in the past I have even used Earl Grey Tea to flavour it. I just fancied spicing it up with a little chai tea and it really worked a treat.

chai tea fruit loaf

Proving

Like a lot of breads this one does require a double proving, but this little tea loaf is worth the extra effort.

chai tea fruit loaf

As with most loaves that have inclusions you don’t add the fruit until after the first proving. If you add it straight away then it inhibits a lot of the good work the yeast would normally do, it won’t harm the flavour but it will harm the texture.

chai tea fruit loaf

Tea as a flavour

A little research is showing that tea has become something of a celebrity in the flavour world at the moment, Starbucks is claiming tea sales have rocketed and more and more chefs are using the humble leaf as a flavouring agent for fish, meats and desserts.

chai tea fruit loaf

I find this funny as in the UK tea has always been used in cakes and breads to add flavour, for many its a really old fashioned thing to see. I remember as a kid seeing tea loaves in tea shops being sold by the slice with a little butter and jam to go with it.

chai tea fruit loaf

Its nice to see it coming back into fashion again it really is a lovely addition to cakes and loaves.

chai tea fruit loaf


Chai Tea Fruit Loaf

chai tea fruit loaf

By Emma Published: March 18, 2014

  • Yield: 1 loaf
  • Prep: 2 hrs 0 min
  • Cook: 30-45 mins
  • Ready In: 2 hrs 45 mins

A lovely fruity loaf flavoured with the gentle warming spices of chia tea.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Make up your chai tea with the boiling water in a pot or bowl and leave for at least 5 minutes for the flavours to steep.
  2. Once brewed place your dried fruit and lemon zest in a bowl and pour over the tea and leave to soak for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Strain your fruit and put the tea to one side and your fruit to another side.
  4. In your stand mixer or large mixing bowl if making by hand; add your flour, salt, sugar, butter and yeast and mix until combined.
  5. Pour in the milk and tea and mix together. If using a mixer with a dough hook mix on a low to medium speed for about 4 minutes until the dough is smooth and pliable. It will take about 10 minutes by hand on a lightly floured work surface.
  6. Pop the dough back in the bowl cover with cling film (plastic wrap) and leave to rest for an hour.
  7. After this time your dough will have doubled in size and is ready to have your fruit included. Lightly grease a 1 pound / 450 gram loaf tin or a baking sheet.
  8. Either by hand or with your mixer mix the fruit in well. About 2 - 3 minutes with a mixer on low to medium and about 5 minutes by hand. You are looking for the fruit to be just starting to break apart.
  9. Pop the dough in your lightly greased 1 pound / 450 gram loaf tin or shape the dough into a large round (cob loaf shape) if you are just using a baking tray.
  10. Pop your tin / tray into a plastic bag careful to give the dough room to rise, and leave it in a warm place for another hour.
  11. Pre heat your oven to 220C / 425F / Gas mark 7. Bake the dough for 25 - 30 minutes checking it is fully baked by giving it a tap on the bottom it should sound hollow if it doesn't pop it back in the oven for a few more minutes and then check again.
  12. Transfer your loaf to a wire rack to cool down. Then serve with lashings of real butter :)

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8 Responses

  1. This is such a pretty loaf Emma, I love that you made this with brewed chai tea! I can imagine how wonderful this smelled baking up in your oven and how flavorful it tastes :) This would be lovely with my morning tea – sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week:)

    • Hi Kelly, thank you so much for all your kind words. You are right though my kitchen smelled amazing while this was baking and cooling down :)

  2. Viviana from bonheurcuisine

    Emma, this loaf looks wonderful. The fragrance of the tea and the flavour of the dried fruits in the bread, so delicious! I admire your baking skills!
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    • Hi Viviana, thank you so much for all your kind words :D This loaf was delicious and I shall certainly be making it again.

  3. Maureen from Orgasmic Chef

    I have cooked with tea infused cream before and I just love the results. I would be so happy with a slice of your fruit loaf.
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    • Thank you, tea is a wonderful thing to add if you are looking for something a little different :)

  4. Liz

    I love a fruit filled loaf…and that slice smeared with butter looks divine!!!
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    • Hi Liz, it was good smeared it butter :D

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