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Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Loaf #Blogtober

 Warm spices found in Chai tea, are paired with vanilla bean and pumpkin, in this moist delicious loaf of sweet bread.

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Do you love Fall? Living in Ontario Canada, I am more of a Summer girl, but Fall comes in as a close second. I love the gorgeous colours, when the maple trees start changing. I love apple picking and love the crisp fall air; the air smells differently in the fall. Since I would be a BAD blogger, if I didn't follow the trend and post at least one pumpkin recipe on my blog every fall, I decided to combine the flavours of one of my favourite teas, with pumpkin.

I knew the warm spices in Chai tea, would go well with pumpkin, because the spices used in most pumpkin desserts are similar. So, I decided to make a Chai tea pumpkin loaf. Since my tea also has vanilla undertones, I added some vanilla bean to my batter. The result was insanely delicious. The bread was wonderfully moist, with a crunchy pumpkin seed streusel, which added a great sweetness and texture to the bread. This recipe happened to make two loaves, so I froze one for us to enjoy later. 

Vanilla Bean Chai Pumpkin Loaf

1 1/2 C pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1 C sugar
3/4 C vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 C hot water
3 Vanilla Chai tea bags (regular Chai tea bags are also good)
3 whole cloves
1 vanilla bean
2 1/4 C all purpose flour
3/4 C whole wheat flour
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2/3 tsp salt

Pumpkin Seed Streusel
3 Tbs brown sugar
3 Tbs flour
2 Tbs butter
1/4 C raw pumpkin seeds/pepitas

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 2- 9 inch loaf pans and line with parchment paper.

Steep the Chai tea bags, cloves and vanilla bean in 3/4 C of hot water, for 3 minutes. Let cool slightly.

In a large bowl combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, oil and vanilla extract. Using a wire sieve, strain the tea into the pumpkin mixture. Take the vanilla bean and cut in half lengthwise. Using the back of a knife, scrape out the vanilla seeds and also add to the pumpkin mixture. Whisk well to combine.

In a separate bowl, combine the all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour equal amounts of batter, into each prepared loaf pans.

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, and flour. Cut in the butter, until mixture resembles course crumbs, Mix in the pumpkin seeds. Sprinkle evenly over batter in both loaf pans.

Bake for 55-60 minutes; until a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs. Let cool for 10 minutes in pans, before turning out to a wired rack.

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  1. Oh my goodness! This looks so good! I'm a huge fan of Chai and pumpkin is always good, so I'm sure this recipe is fabulous! I'll have to try it. :)

    1. The spices pair so well with the pumpkin. I hope you try it!

  2. I love seeing all these pumpkin recipes, nothing better than homemade bread! Can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I love pumpkin recipes as well :) Thank you so much for visiting!

  3. This looks so good! I'd love to make a clean version of this pumpkin loaf.

    Nathalia | NathaliaFit - Fitness & Wellness Blog

  4. Its about time for more spiced baked treats. I have all the spices and will try this.

  5. I love that you used chai tea bags to further infuse flavour into the loaf!


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