Winter is the perfect time to dig into our favourite sweet yummy treats. Great news! Our home grocery cupboards are packed with all the baking ingredients we need to whip up those old, much-loved recipes. Take a look now… yeah I am right!
In this chilly weather, no need to take that dreadful trip to the grocery store. All the ingredients are at our fingertips. Let’s bake that luscious tea/coffee cake; my newly found tea time favourite. Chai spice doesn’t taste great but contains a lot of health benefits too. Have a cup of it every day with no sugar added. The dough can be made and stored in the fridge for up to 6 weeks. You can bake these and freeze them for two months and they will still taste as good as the day they were baked.
DURATION: 1 Hour LEVEL: Easy YIELD: 1 Loaf
2 cups of flour
3 free range eggs
100 ml butter milk or double cream plain yoghurt
1 cup castor sugar. I reduce mine to half cup
125 g butter or margarine
1 chai spice tea bag
2 spoons hot chocolate powder
10ml baking powder
½ Tsp salt
Using spray and bake, grease cake loaf pan and set aside
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Boil half a cup of water, pour water into a mug and add hot chocolate powder. Stir until you see no lumps. In the same water, place the tea bag and set aside to cool. When the tea has cooled, mix tea with buttermilk or yoghurt.
Sift dry ingredients together.
In a separate stainless steel bowl, using an electric mixer at high speed beat together sugar and butter until pale and fluffy. Add eggs one by one and beat until well incorporated.
Now reduce speed to 1 and add a spoonful of dry ingredients into butter mixture and alternate it with buttermilk, or yoghurt mixture until well combined. Always finish with flour. By now you will have a nice creamy batter.
Pour batter into greased cake loaf pan
Bake for 45 minutes
Don’t take out loaf immediately, cool for 15 minutes and transfer on to wire rack and cool completely.
Enjoy with a steaming cup of your favourite hot beverage. I enjoy mine with my sinful Red Velvet Latte, and boy it’s pretty easy to make. Because I am generous, I will share with you so you can indulge with me.
Red Velvet Latte
250 ml full cream steamed milk
1 spoon of dark chocolate chips
1 teaspoon of red food colouring gel
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
Drop of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon good quality coffee beans or good quality instant coffee if you don’t have a coffee grinder
For garnish, you can top your latte with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Steam 50 ml of milk
Make a chocolate paste by melting dark chocolate, vanilla extract, red food gel and cocoa powder.
Add ground beans / instant coffee into chocolate paste and mix
Pour the steamed milk into the chocolate coffee mixture.
Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings (Optional)