Thursday, March 20, 2014

Peach and Spiced Tea Bundt Cake for #BundtBakers

Using spiced tea to flavor baked goods means a huge variety of choices and an almost infinite number of spice combinations. This spiced tea Bundt has Assam black tea, vanilla, cinnamon, a hint of cardamom and tiny pieces of dried orange peel, in addition to the peaches. 

From the matcha muffins on Monday and the jasmine lychee green tea shortbread on Tuesday and now this Bundt, somehow, this is turning out to be Baking with Tea Week! I’ve spent the last couple of days in the teashop with my friend, photographing of her products and working on her website.  Whenever I’ve thought of baking, all the tea flavors have been both a distraction and an inspiration. I hardly know which one to choose; there are so many wonderful ones.

This month’s Bundt Baker theme is spices, as chosen by our talented host Deepti, of Baking Yummies, so, of course, I had to use a spiced tea, but it was so hard to decide which one! They all smell so GOOD. I finally settled on one called Black Spiced Michigan Chai, because, after all, I am in Michigan.

I dedicate this cake to my friend, Gillian, who turns 50 today.  She turns up in these “pages” more than any other friend because she is just that special. I know she reads my blog regularly so I couldn’t pass up the chance to say, Happy birthday, Gillian! Love you dearly!

Ingredients
4 teaspoons loose-leaf tea, divided
3/4 cup or 180ml milk
1/2 cup or 115g butter at room temperature
3/4 cups packed or 150g brown sugar
2 1/2 cups or 315g flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 can (15 oz or 425g net weight) peaches in juice

Optional: powdered sugar for decorating

Method
Boil 1/4 cup or 60ml water in a small pot and pour in two teaspoons of the tea, turn the fire off and let the tea steep for a few minutes.

Add in the milk, turn the fire back on and bring the pot to a boil then turn it down to a low fire. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Turn the fire off and let the milk cool.



Put one cup of the flour in a food processor with the last two teaspoons of tea and process until the tea is mere flecks distributed throughout the flour.


Add in the rest of the flour, the baking powder and salt. Process one quick pulse to mix.



Strain the tea leaves out of the milk and set the milk aside.


Pour the peaches into a colander and drain the juice out. Chop the peaches into small pieces and put them back into the colander to drain further.



Preheat your oven to to 350°F or 180°C and prepare your Bundt pan by buttering and flouring it.

Use a stand mixer or electric beaters and cream the butter and sugar together.



Add in the two eggs and beat again until the eggs are incorporated.



Spoon in half of the flour mixture and beat again.


Now pour in half of the milk and beat again.



Spoon in the rest of the flour and beat until the flour is completely incorporated.

Pour in the rest of the milk and beat again for two minutes, scraping the bowl down halfway through.

Mix in the chopped peaches.



Spoon the batter into your prepared Bundt pan. Smooth out the top with a spatula.



Bake for 40-45 or until the cake is golden on the top and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool for several minutes before inverting on a baking rack.



Cool completely before transferring the Bundt cake to a serving plate.


Sprinkle on powdered sugar, if desired.


Enjoy!



If you love baking with spices, this is your month at Bundt Bakers!  Check out all the lovely Bundts we’ve baked!

Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake by Kathya at Basic N Delicious
Cinnamon Roll Bundt Cake by Tara at Noshing With The Nolands
Fresh Apple Cake by Lauren at Sew You Think You Can Cook
Honey and Beer Spiced Bundt Cake by Felice at All That's Left Are The Crumbs
Orange Cardamom Mini Bundt Cakes by Alice at Hip Foodie Mom
Peach and Spiced Tea Bundt Cake by Stacy at Food Lust People Love
Rum & Ginger Grapefruit Cake by Kelly at Passion Kneaded
Saffron and Tahitian Vanilla Infused Bundt Cake by Laura at The Spiced Life
Saffron Vanilla Bean and Orange Mini Bundt Cake by Deepti at Bakingyummies
Spiced Applesauce Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Rum Glaze by Lauren at From Gate to Plate
Sweet Potato Pound Cake by Renee at Magnolia Days

BundtBakers
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If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send me an email at foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com or ask to join our private Facebook group


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15 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to Gillian! You really did bake a special cake for her. Chai is my favorite tea and it's such a great combination with the peaches. I think I'll bake this cake during peach season this summer.

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  2. Stacy, that black spiced Michigan Chai sounds fabulous!!! Assam black tea, vanilla, cinnamon, a hint of cardamom and tiny pieces of dried orange peel and you added peaches?! oh my! It seriously sounds so fabulous! What a perfect and gorgeous cake for your friend, Gillian!

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  3. So clever! I'd have never thought to use tea. Although baking with tea has been of interest to me.

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  4. It was fabulous, Alice! I drank it all day on Tuesday and it was just as good when it got cold in the cup as when it was first brewed. It would make a very refreshing drink for summer.

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  5. I've been baking with tea all week, Lauren, and now I am well and truly hooked!

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  6. I want to try it again with fresh peaches too, Renee. It should be even more wonderful with your sweet Georgia peaches.

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  7. I love the peaches in there. Yum!

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  8. Your bundt is gorgeous, you are a master baker!!! Love it!!

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  9. Lovely! I really wanted to make a chai tea cake so I am glad that someone else did and I now have a recipe to use later.

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  10. I just loved your cake. You've got some amazing ingredients out there! I can't wait to try this one!

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  11. Cooking with loose leaf tea is supposed to be all the rage - I've never done it but I trust your recipes so when I do try it - I'm going to use this recipe!

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  12. I love that tea has been featured on your blog this week - great recipes - and your friend's tea shop is so charming. Peach and spiced tea definitely sounds like a winning combination to me.

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  13. Love it, pack in flavor perfect with a cup of tea, definitely.

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  14. This looks so good Stacy! I am so far behind on my reading or we would have had this tonight for dinner -I had cauliflower and chicken and rice! Darn. Now I have chili paste but I don't think I have had Crispy Prawn Chili Paste - how is it different from regular chili paste?

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