Monday, October 30, 2006
RECIPE ~ Apple Spice Chai Tea Loaf
I have a bag o' apples in my kitchen, so many that they don't fit in a fruit bowl -- time to make a tea cake!
1/2 cup ghee (or butter) or oil (coconut, olive, sunflower)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup strong chai tea (2 tea bags), cooled
1 cup chopped apples
1/2 cup raisins (optional: soaked in chai tea)
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp each baking soda, ginger and cardamom
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Boil some water and soak 2 chai spice tea bags in 1/2 cup water. And while you're at it you might as well make another cup of chai tea to soak the raisins. Leave to soak/steep 15 minutes, remove tea bags, and strain the raisins.
Beat ghee or oil, sugar and egg in a bowl. Stir in cooled tea, then apples and raisins. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda, spices and nuts. Stir into batter, mixing only until moistened. Scrape into a greased loaf pan. If you like, top the batter with apple slices. Bake at 350F for about 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool slightly before removing from pan. Cut into squares.
Makes 1 loaf. These would make great muffins, too! Just bake for half the time. Serve with (you guessed it) chai tea!
GINGERBREAD SPICE CAKE
To turn this light tea loaf into a rich, dark gingerbread spice cake, replace the cup of sugar with 1/2 cup molasses (jaggery) and 2/3 cup brown sugar. If you like, also add a few tablespoons of fresh grated ginger. You can keep the cup of chopped apples, or grate them instead to retain their moist sweetness without the chunks. Bake in a round cake pan.
FOR INDIVIDUAL DOSHAS
VATAS replace white sugar with sucanat or turbinado sugar
PITTAS use 2 tsp cinnamon and no other spices; replace white sugar with sucanat or turbinado sugar; replace walnuts with almonds or coconut
KAPHAS replace all fat with 1/4 cup ghee or sunflower oil; use quinoa, rice or tapioca flours; replace sugar with 3/4 cup fruit juice concentrate or prune puree; do not soak raisins; omit nuts. Batter will be extra juicy so add an extra 1/4 cup flour.