Friday, January 9, 2015

Orange Spiced Tea Poppy Seed Loaf with OJ Glaze

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
3 eggs
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.

  1. Steep 3 tea bags in boiled water.
  2. Let steep 10 minutes.
  3. Discards tea bags and let tea cool.


  1. Make orange syrup by placing 1 cup tea and 1 cup sugar in blender. Blend for 1 minute.
  2. Set aside. Can be made ahead of time.


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt and tea.
  3. Add eggs and whisk until combined.
  4. Add sugar, zest, vanilla and vegetable oil and whisk until combined.
  5. Add in dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Let cool 10 minutes in the pan.
  8. Poke holes over top of loaf.
  9. Brush syrup over orange poppy seed loaf.
  10. Wait 10 minutes and brush with more syrup. (you’ll have extra syrup – just refrigerate for future use)
  11. Cool loaf completely.
  12. Create glaze by whisking together icing sugar, orange juice and orange flavoring.
  13. Gently pour glaze over loaf, let set till crust forms on glaze, about 30 minutes.


  1. I'm a tea fanatic! I love the idea of baking with tea but never seem to get around to the doing of it. Your recipe looks great. Like the idea of using tea in the glaze.

  2. That loaf looks absolutely delicious!! It would be perfect for breakfast with coffee or tea. xo Catherine