Fall is officially here and the weather is transitioning from warm and sunny days to gloomy days and cold nights. It is almost a week and here it is raining on and off. You can’t go out for walks, staying inside all day kind of sulks me. Baking comes to my rescue and lifts up my energy levels, baking is therapeutic for me and especially in such a weather when you can’t step outside as it rains/snows all the time. The warmth of the oven and the aroma of freshly baked goodies lifts up my mood. Recently I baked this Fresh apple bread or tea cake as there are loads and loads of fresh harvest apple in stores. Though all around the year apples are there in stores baking with fresh apples has another charm to it. I bake with eggs and without eggs also. This apple bread is eggless and uses Chia gel as an egg-substitute and Chai Spice mix for flavor. Chia and Chai sound so much similar… So it’s Chai flavored Apple Bread with Chia seeds :).. Chai and Chia.😂 Chia seeds are one of the superfoods that are being used since ancient times. These are a good source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids, anti-oxidants and loads of vitamins and minerals. Chia gel is one of the best egg replacers that can be easily used in tea cakes/quick bread and muffins. The gel acts as the binding agent in baking, along with the nutritional value it adds to the bakes. Instead of using any commercial egg-replacer or xantham gum, always use natural egg-replacers like chia gel, yogurt, buttermilk made with milk and apple cider vinegar or flax-seed gel. Trust me these give excellent results without eggs.
Everyone loves their cinnamon flavored tea cakes/bread, tarts and pies, but somehow my folks don’t like the cinnamon flavor, may sound weird to you but yes, we don’t like much of the cinnamon flavor. All Cinnamon lovers please pardon us:). I usually use the Chai spice as a substitute for cinnamon in my bakes and trust me that tastes amazing. Chai spice/Masala is a combination of simple yet flavorful Chai/Tea spices that are used by many to flavor tea. Cloves, Black Pepper, Ginger Powder, Green Cardamom and a bit of Cinnamon combined together in a perfect blend to give the one of the most comforting spice blend. With the weather turning cold this Apple bread is perfect as a fall recipe with the right blend of flavors!! The bread can be baked in any loaf pan, round pan or bundt pan. I baked this bread twice within two days as the first one was finished in no time and next day my little one had a friend coming over with his mom so he asked me to bake the same cake for his friend. My little guest loved the cake and I packed some for them too.
Let’s see how I baked this perfect Chai Spiced Apple Bread(Eggless). You can use the store-bought Chai Masala/Spice or make it at home. Will soon upload the Chai Masala post in next 2-3 days.
Ingredients used in this cake are 1:1 Whole Wheat Flour and All-Purpose flour, 1 cup of olive oil, 3/4 cup o brown sugar and 3/4 cup of castor sugar, yogurt, apple cider vinegar and Chia seeds gel as an egg substitute and for moisture. Choose crisp apples to add in cakes. I use Green apples, Honey Dew Crisp or Apple Gala for making apple desserts.
Let’s start preparing for the cake..
Make Chia Gel, add a tsp of Chia seeds to 2 tbsps of water, mix it and let it stand for an hour or two. Make gel before an hour before making the cake. Chop the nuts.
Peel and cut the apples into small 1/2 inch pieces. Add and mix a tsp of brown sugar and a tsp of chai masala to apples.
Preparing the batter takes just a few minutes if you have all the ingredients in hand. Just mix all the wet ingredients together and sift together the dry ingredients(flours, baking powder, baking soda and another tsp of spice mix) and then finally combine the two together, fold-in chopped nuts, spiced apples and at the end before transferring the batter to cake pan add a tbsp of apple cider vinegar to the batter. Transfer the batter in a well-greased and dusted cake pan, and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350°F or 180°C for 40-50 minutes. The batter should be thick as the juice from apples will add some liquid to the batter while baking.
If you don’t have Chai spice then you can make it at home, click here for a recipe or you can mix 1 tsp of ginger powder, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder, crush 2-3 cloves, 4-5 peppercorns/black pepper or 1/2 tsp of black pepper powder, 1 tsp of green cardamom powder.
Chai Spiced Apple Bread
Chai Spiced Eggless Apple Tea Cake
- Whole Wheat Flour- 1 Cup
- All-Purpose Flour- 1 Cup
- Light/Dark Brown Sugar- 3/4 Cup
- Castor Sugar-3/4 Cup
- Olive Oil- 1Cup
- Yogurt- 1/2 Cup
- Baking Powder- 1 Tsp
- Baking Soda-1/2 Tsp
- Salt- 1/2 Tsp
- Walnuts and Almonds- 1/4 Cup
- Apple Cider Vinegar- 1 Tbsp
- Chai Spice -1 -2 Tsp
- Chia Gel- 1 Tbsp
For Chai Spice
- Dry Ginger Powder- 1 Tsp
- Cinnamon Powder- 1/2 Tsp
- Black Peppers- 3-4
- Green Cardamom- 3-4
For Chai Gel
- Chia Seeds- 1 Tsp
- Water- 2 Tbsp
- Mix Chia seeds and water. Let it stand for about an hour.
- Peel and cut apples in 1/2 inch pieces and add a tbsp of brown sugar and spice mix.
- Sift together both the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1 tsp of Chai spice together.
- Mix together wet ingredients olive oil, brown sugar, yogurt, chia gel. Mix till the sugar dissolves.
- Add the wet ingredients in dry. Fold in the mixture. Don’t beat the mixture just, combine the ingredients.
- Fold in half of the nuts and spiced apples.
- Add apple cider vinegar just before transferring the batter to cake pan.
- Transfer the batter to a well-greased and dusted cake pan.
- Top it with remaining spiced apple pieces and nuts.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350°F or 180°C for 40-50 mins.
- Check if the cake is done using a toothpick.
- Once done, take out of the oven, transfer it to a cooling rack, cut and serve enjoy with butterscotch or caramel sauce. or your cuppa hot coffee/chai.
Kids loved the bread with scoops of vanilla ice cream topped with my homemade Butterscotch Sauce. I and hubby enjoyed it with our cuppa of evening Chai/Tea. A slice of Chai with a sip of Chai sounds delicious na!!!
I am sure you and your loved ones will surely love this warm apple bread with all the spices that keep you warm. Do give your feedback and follow the blog to get updates and new recipes on the blog.
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