Chai Zucchini Quick Bread

chai zucchini bread loaf Tea seems like an almost overly-civilized practice out here in the rural US. Usually, at typical tea-time, we are rushing to finish up our work day, so we can get home, or rushing to get the kids picked up and on their way to whatever after-school activity they have going on. We are maybe thinking about what to make for dinner in a few hours, or trying to get caught up on folding that massive pile of laundry in baskets that sometimes seem to be just another version of a dresser.

The last thing on our minds is slowing down, or taking a few moments to relax and enjoy the company of people who are important to us. I have to credit my daughter, Ellyn with causing me to take a look at the late afternoon, and how rejuvenating sitting and relaxing over a hot cup of fragrant tea can be. Before they started home schooling, very often when she got home from picking the kids up from school, they all sat down to enjoy a cup of tea and talk about their day – a practice that we have come to enjoy together when either of us is visiting the other. The kids usually have mint or another caffeine free kind of tea, but the grownups are fond of chai, that uplifting mix of tea and spices.

Which brings me to zucchini bread, and how it is often kind of a disappointment flavor-wise. It’s not that zucchini bread is particularly awful, but rather that it is mostly just sweet and not particularly delicious. If you live in an area where zucchini grows well [and where does it not?], at some point over the late summer, when zucchinis seem to get away from us and get too big, you will be faced with a pile of zucchini bread – at a church dish to pass meal, at a family reunion, or a picnic – someone is sure to make thrifty use of over-sized zukes.chai tea and grate zucchiniSo, if zucchini doesn’t bring a lot of flavor of it’s own, it does give you a wide open canvas to paint in whatever flavors you want to add. So, why not go with some really strong stuff? Like black tea, warm spices, a hint of citrus and some toasty nuts? That sounds kind of… tasty, doesn’t it?
loaf of chai zucchini quick bread

Chai Zucchini Quick Bread
Recipe type: Quick Bread - Loaves
Serves: 24 slices
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  • 3 & ½ cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 & ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 & ½ teaspoons cardamom
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground back tea
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup brown sugar, tightly packed
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ΒΊ, and generously butter two 8x5 inch loaf pans. I also line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper, cut to fit, and butter that as well - just a little extra insurance that it doesn't stick.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, pepper and ground tea [see note]. Set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to combine the zucchini, brown sugar and honey.
  4. Add the eggs and mix well.
  5. Add the oil, vanilla, ginger and lemon zest and mix well.
  6. Pour the wet ingredient mixture into the flour mixture, and fold together until well combined and fairly smooth. Add the nuts and mix to distribute evenly.
  7. Divide evenly between the two loaf pans, and smooth the tops.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes, until a toothpick or wooden skewer inserted near the center comes out with no more than a few moist crumbs.
  9. Cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire cooling rack. Once cool, wrap tightly to keep fresh at room temperature for a couple days - longer than that and it should go in the fridge. Freezes well for a couple months, if wrapped in plastic wrap and then foil.
It is easy to prepare the black tea for this recipe - just empty out two or three regular tea bags and grind the contents in a spice grinding or mini chopper.

It improves with sitting a few days at room temperature, which gives the spices time to really meld and permeate every bite. That is why two loaves come in handy, because it smells so good when it first comes out of the oven that you will not be able to resist.
chai zucchini bread loaf2On the other hand, it will taste mighty good at Thanksgiving time, when the zucchinis are long gone.slices of chai zucchini bread It will keep quite nicely until then, in the freezer – just make sure to snuggle it tightly in plastic wrap followed by foil, to prevent it from drying out. Enjoy Chai Zucchini Quick bread now and later? That is what I call relaxing.

23 thoughts on “Chai Zucchini Quick Bread

    • Did you know, one can basically do the same thing with cucumbers?
      Yep it’s true, I tried it, and it was one of the best short breads I have ever made as far as taste. Mind you, I am no baker, or cook for that matter, I happen to be a carpenter, so, even if you just have basic skills like I do, cucumbers are great ingredient change of pace when in season and you are overrun with them… Cheers ya’ll…Oh, an thanks HMB for the cool ingredients list. MMMMMMM Tea!

      Oh one more thing, can you delete that scam for cheaprates insurance posted July 20 2016 below, it really makes it look like you don’t care much for your site cleanliness here, such a bummer to get recipes and have to read this stuff in the comments section. I know this is an old thread, but it kind of angers me that scammers get away with posting here. I sure hope he cooks better than he can use the english language….

  1. Zucchini is one of my gardening success stories πŸ™‚ It is so funny how you can end up with a giant one, that has been hidden!
    I have never tried Zucchini bread, but when I have a surplus I will be sure to use your recipe, probably with the addition of citrus as you suggested.

  2. Love to bake and cook.In middle of my cookbook but always looking and loving others cooks and different recipes.
    So i’m recreaturing all new recipes and old ones passed down from my great grandmother and now sharing it with my grand children.

  3. I like to shred zucchini and store that in the freezer so I can make the bread in the winter. Takes up a lot less room than the bread itself. Interesting additions in your recipe; bet they make this bread extra-special.

  4. I must agree…there is nothing like a cup of tea in the afternoon. What a great excuse to slow down and savor the small moments in life. This bread looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing. What a delicious way to end my weekend and start my week.

  5. We’re lucky to live very close to the school (drive like 5 minutes). We usually have 30-60 minutes before heading out again for activities, so we do have some “snack time” or “tea time” for me. That’s probably the only time for us to kind of not doing anything. It helps us to rejuvenate! Of course that’s my 2nd or 3rd cup of coffee/tea of the day. I’d love this bread for the 3 pm tea time. πŸ™‚ I’ve made zucchini muffins before and kids loved it. Next time should be this bread!

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  7. Hi, I found this link from your old recipe on the DLYN website. Do you have the chai zucchini bread recipe with the orange zest and brewed black tea posted elsewhere or did you end up liking this new recipe even better? πŸ™‚
    Thank you!

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