Saturday, August 30, 2014

Three different banana breads with tea in them

            Bananas. Chocolate covered bananas. Banana Creme Pie. Banana Bread and Muffins. Today we are making banana bread muffins. Like I said before I just can't seem to make bread loaves so I make muffins. In the past I made Marketspice banana bread and it came out wonderful. Today I am going to experiment with two types of flavored chai before work. Oh and I am making all of my breads dairy free by substituting with dairy free butter and milk. The same can be done for people with gluten allergies. Sugar can also be substituted with things like honey (preferably not fake sugar. Those aren't good for you). I have a Amaretto honey that makes banana bread so amazing.

Make sure to use ripe or a bit over ripe bananas.

1 Stick o butter (or 8 Tbls for those of you like me who have big things of butter
1 cup sugar
1- 1/2 cups flour (or 2 cups if you don't have coconut flour)
1/2 cup coconut flour (I've been obsessed with this stuff. It smells so good!)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
 2 Eggs
2-3 Bananas (I had some massive naners so I only used 2)
1 TBSP Milk or "milk" (I used almond milk)

Preheat to 325 F. And prepare your pan of choice.

Grab your chai or whatever tea it is that you are using and grind it up as much as possible. It's better to use teas that you can grind into a powder.

Mix the butter and sugar together and then add eggs. Usually it's best to do them one at a time to get the best texture but if you are short on time just dump them both in.

In another bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. When mixing the dry ingredients together you can add your tea as well unless you are doing like I am and splitting them in half... or thirds... or whatever. Splitting every cupcake! Super tea time! Sorry. If you are doing different teas you will want to add the tea in at the end.

Mash the bananas (you can just do this with blenders) and add the milk. Then add to the butter and sugar. Lastly add the dry mixture and mix well.

Pour the batter into your pan of choice and cook. For loaves it's usually 45- to 60 mins. For muffins about 20 - 30 minutes.

Both came out nice and moist. Sorry if you don't like that word. The Vanilla Chai muffins were weak. Just like a regular banana bread muffin. So I think I will have to add more tea to that next time. The Coconut Chai muffins, however, are almost spot on. The coconut comes out subtly. I think I could probably put in another bag and be safe. The Marketspice banana bread still remains my favorite. Oh and for the chai I used Zhena's gypsy tea.

If you have any suggestions please comment below!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thai Tea Zucchini Bread

               This may seem strange but I'm going to start this off with a recipe that turned out so-so. Feel free to make on your own and comment with your differences and what you did to make it better.

1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tea bag of thai tea (1 to 1-1/2 tsps)
1 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup grated zucchini (1 to 2 zucchinis)
You can also add nuts if you wish (I added raisins)

Grease your preferred bread pan (or muffin dishes if you have trouble making bread like I do). Preheat oven to 325 F.

Combine flour, salt, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, and tea together in a bowl.

In another bowl mix eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Add dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix well. Stir in the zucchini, nuts, raisins, and/ or whatever else you prefer. And then pour that into your pans. 

Bake 20 minutes. Check with tooth pick. If it comes out dry its ready. Be sure to try a few. If not ready try 10 more minutes. 

Some people say to let it cool before eating but sometimes its best when it's warm and the butter melts into it. 

When I first started making this recipe I didn't think about the fact that there was a lot of tea in the Thai tea bag I was using. That's probably why it ended up tasting so strong. I love Thai tea but I honestly don't think I will try it again in a recipe. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

      Welcome. This blog is for those who like to cook and love tea. About a year ago I joined a website called Steepster and my tea obsession took off. Then I found that people tea tea into what they cooked and mind exploded. I've been experimenting for awhile now but didn't really think to make a blog until recently. Seems like people blog about, well, everything so I figured why not this? A few things must be said before we get into the blog. First off, I'll try not to be one of those bloggers who tells you their life story before showing you the recipe. Sometimes it's nice to sit down and read about how Grandma gave you Brandy in your tea and you got a bit tipsy and you made a wonderful cake but most of the time people just want a recipe. I know I skip to them 90% of the time. Second, spelling and grammar. or those who are spelling and grammar nazis. Let me have it. Seriously. I do the best I can with spell check and what not but even I know that it misses things. Third and lastly. I am a nerd. So if you catch me going on random tangents... please forgive me. Oh and one more thing, if you have something you want me to try please comment and I will!