Vanilla Chai Quick Bread | #BrunchWeek

Vanilla Chai Quick Bread

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I really need to get into the habit of keeping a quick bread on hand at all times. They are so tasty and versatile. Serve them at an impromptu brunch, or have a slice as an afternoon snack. Bring a few slices along to share when you meet a friend for tea or coffee. Take a loaf to a new mom, who is sure to appreciate a quick breakfast or snack she can enjoy on the fly. Spoon some fruit preserves and a little ice cream or whipped cream over the top for an easy dessert. The possibilities are endless.
Lately, my favorite way to enjoy this quick bread is spread with a spoonful of preserves at breakfast, with a smoothie or a side of eggs and some fruit. Bonne Maman was kind enough to send along a jar of their orange marmalade, which was perfect, as I’ve already run out of all my homemade marmalades. I’m loving the texture!

Vanilla Chai Quick Bread

Headnote: If you make them right, quick breads can be fairly healthy as well. For this vanilla chai loaf, I replaced the oil with some applesauce, and swapped out half of the flour for whole wheat pastry flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill).

Vanilla Chai Quick Bread

Vanilla Chai Quick Bread

If you make them right, quick breads can be fairly healthy as well. For this vanilla chai loaf, I replaced the oil with some applesauce, and swapped out half of the flour for whole wheat pastry flour (I used Bob's Red Mill).


  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 bags chai tea
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons applesauce
  • Seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean
  • For the glaze:
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan.
  2. Bring the milk to a simmer over medium heat. There should be bubbles just beginning to form around the edges. As soon as the milk is warm, remove it from the heat. Add the four bags of chai tea, and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags.
  3. Whisk the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla bean seeds together in a mixing bowl, and create a well in the middle.
  4. Measure out 2 tablespoons of the milk and set aside for the glaze. Add the rest of the milk, as well as the applesauce and vanilla extract. Stir until just combined, and pour into the loaf pan.
  5. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the edges are browned and pulling away from the edges of the pan.
  6. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then slide a knife around the edge. Turn the bread out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. For the glaze:
  8. When the bread is mostly cooled, stir the powdered sugar and vanilla bean seeds into the reserved 2 tablespoons of milk. If the glaze is too thick, add more milk, a teaspoon at a time. If it is too thin, add some more powdered sugar, a tablespoon at a time.
  9. Drizzle the glaze over the quick bread and allow it to firm up before slicing the bread.

Make Ahead and Storage

This bread is best eaten fresh. Here's how to store the leftovers.

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  1. says

    I love a good quick bread and love that you used half AP and half whole wheat pastry flour!! yummm!! and I need to get my hands on Bonne Maman’s orange marmalade, yummmm!

  2. says

    Great recipe, Julie! I love the recipes that are “no brainers”, where I can be eating instead of waiting for things to rise and messing up formulas and burning things. Ooops… think I’m harboring some resentment from my last failed attempt at a yeast bread. Don’t mind the crazy lady 😉

  3. Susan says

    I have to disagree that applesauce is healthier than oil. The only thing this substitution does is lower the calorie level. Our bodies need fats, so they can utilize fat-soluble nutrients. If lower calorie equates to healthier, it’s a very narrow view of healthy. If you want to lower the calories, I would think that using half oil and half applesauce would be a better choice. All that aside, this quick bread sounds very good.

    • Julie says

      I see your point, Susan. For me, I get plenty of healthy fats throughout the day from other sources – avocado with my breakfast eggs, peanut and almond butters, etc. So in some cases, I do want a snack with a lower amount of fat, so I’m not going overboard. But I see where you’re coming from.

      • Susan says

        I’m glad to hear that you do get your healthy fats. Balance is so important for health. And I understand about wanting lower fat snacks. 🙂

    • Julie says

      You mean what brand of vanilla? For this bread, I used an extract I had made myself with vodka and vanilla beans. But as long as your use real vanilla extract, and not imitation, anything should be fine!

      • leah says

        oh, sorry – I didn’t realize you used both. I meant instead of the bean (I don’t have, and will not be buying, any). Thanks!

        • says

          You can leave them out of the glaze – it will just be a little less vanilla-flavored. As for the bread itself, you can increase the vanilla extract by 1/2 teaspoon. Or if you have vanilla bean paste, 1/2 teaspoon of that would be even better!

  4. says

    Omg. Can I please request a slice of this when I pick you up from the airport on Thursday?!?!?! It sounds amazing!!!!!