Chai Tea Bread
I love chai tea and thought I would try incorporating it into a bread recipe. This is a bread machine recipe. I ran it on the Dough cycle and then braided and baked the bread in the oven.
- Serves: 1 person
- 1cup 2% milk
- 3chai tea bags (such as Oregon Chai®), divided
- 3cups bread flour
- 1egg, separated
- 2tablespoons butter, softened
- ⅓cup white sugar
- 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
- ½teaspoon salt
- 1tablespoon water
- 1tablespoon white decorator sugar, or to taste
Step 1Heat milk in the microwave for 1 minute. Steep 1 tea bag in the warm milk for 7 to 10 minutes. Whisk contents of the remaining tea bags into flour.
Step 2Pour milk into a bread machine, discarding tea bag. Add egg yolk, butter, flour, sugar, yeast, and salt, in that order. Run Dough cycle.
Step 3Remove dough from the machine after the cycle is done, about 90 minutes. Place on a floured surface and punch down gently. Divide dough into 3 equal parts and braid together. Tuck ends under.
Step 4Place the braided loaf on a greased baking pan and cover loosely with a towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Step 5Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Step 6Whisk egg white with water to make egg wash. Brush egg wash over the loaf. Sprinkle decorator sugar on top.
Step 7Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.