I drink coffee. A lot of coffee. For the most part, I only drink tea if I'm feeling sick or my mom is in town. But baking with tea is something different - I love it. I didn't really think about it until I attended the IFBC 2014 in Seattle last September. There, I attended a session led by Cindi Bigelow, President & CEO of Bigelow Tea. I learned an amazing amount of facts and information about tea. We also tasted amazing baked goods with tea as a main ingredient. This what inspired this loaf. Bonus: My kids loved it!
|Brush with tea glaze - poke holes in top of loaf to ensure maximum tea flavour.|
|Brush or pour the glaze on the loaf once loaf has cooled.|
|Let sit for at least 30 minutes to dry slightly.|
3 bags orange and spice tea
1 -1/4 c boiling water
1½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp poppyseeds
3/4 cup plain yogurt
¼ c steeped orange and spice tea
1 cup sugar
2 tsp orange zest
½ tsp vanilla
½ cup vegetable oil
Orange Tea Syrup:
1 cup orange and spice tea
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup icing sugar
1 Tbsp orange juice
1 tsp pure orange flavoring (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with baking spray.
- Steep 3 tea bags in boiled water.
- Let steep 10 minutes.
- Discards tea bags and let tea cool.
- Make orange syrup by placing 1 cup tea and 1 cup sugar in blender. Blend for 1 minute.
- Set aside. Can be made ahead of time.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds; set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt and tea.
- Add eggs and whisk until combined.
- Add sugar, zest, vanilla and vegetable oil and whisk until combined.
- Add in dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Let cool 10 minutes in the pan.
- Poke holes over top of loaf.
- Brush syrup over orange poppy seed loaf.
- Wait 10 minutes and brush with more syrup. (you’ll have extra syrup – just refrigerate for future use)
- Cool loaf completely.
- Create glaze by whisking together icing sugar, orange juice and orange flavoring.
- Gently pour glaze over loaf, let set till crust forms on glaze, about 30 minutes.