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Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Breakfast | 0 comments

Pumpkin Cardamom Chai  Bread

Pumpkin Cardamom Chai Bread

What if pumpkin grew at the foothills of Himalayas in fall?Can you imagine,orange pumpkin heads bobbing out from the leafy tea covered hill?

Well,it doesn’t happen but i imagined it anyway,when i came across pumpkin bread infused with tea.East meets West in fall !

fall leaves

fall leaves (photo : melissa deming)

I am not a tea drinker.Are you surprised?Growing up,first thing my mom did and still does when she wakes up, is to put a kettle of tea for brewing.It is an Indian thing.On few occasion that i do drink tea,i like mine infused with cardamom and ginger.Best tea combination ever if you ask me !

Since i have always preferred my rare occasion tea with cardamom,i profusely added cardamom,one of my most favorite spice to this bread.I should have added ginger too.Oh well for next time experiment.My kitchen was filled with cardamom aroma as it baked slowly for an hour.

And now the verdict..i had to wait till evening..

When your not-so-pumpkin-lover husband tells you that “it is good,you should make it often”.Well,being a good wife that i am,i must do so 🙂

pumpkin cardamom chai bread |

pumpkin cardamom chai bread |

  • It is very moist bread.I did let cardamom take over the other taste,i couldn’t resist.
  • If you don’t have or don’t like cardamom,use the spices you like,cinnamon,nutmeg etc.I tweaked the spices per my taste.
  • I had raw coconut crystals in hand,so i added that in addition to Turbinado sugar. You can use all white/brown sugar,if you want to but i have not tried.
  • Also almond milk would have been great but i don’t buy that so used regular milk.
  • ‘Chai’ is Hindi for tea,just in case you are wondering.I used Darjeeling tea.Simply because,Darjeeling is our  next door neighbor state back home in India.I have always known it produces the best tea in the world.You can use what you like.I have to say i overshadowed the tea with cardamom in this bread.
  • Cinnamon compote butter or pumpkin butter would be great spread to it but i made neither and had it just as it is with coffee.
  • You must not hurry slicing the bread.Trust me i know it from experience.Let it cool first.

I adapted the recipe  from here.

pumpkin cardamom chai bread |

pumpkin cardamom chai bread |


Pumpkin Chai Cardamom Bread


    Dry ingredients
  1. 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  2. 1 cup whole white wheat flour
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 heaping teaspoon cardamom
  6. 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  7. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  8. Wet Ingredients
  9. 1 cup pumpkin puree
  10. 1/2 cup veg oil
  11. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  12. 2 eggs
  13. 1/3 cup brewed black tea (cooled)
  14. 1/3 cup regular milk
  15. 1/4 cup raw coconut crystals
  16. 1/2 cup turbinado sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Mix all the wet ingredients in another bowl.
  4. Add dry to wet ingredients and stir until it is all combined.
  5. Pour the batter it in a regular side loaf pan.I used parchment paper to line up the loaf pan but you can grease it if you like.
  6. Bake it for 1 hour.
  7. Let it cool completely.
  8. Slice it and enjoy !.

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