As my sister can attest, we love banana bread in our house/family. We also love tea. No, we aren’t anglophiles (well maybe my dad is), but for some reason, in our house, a good cup of tea gives the feeling of comfort, relaxation, and helps you feel better when you are feeling a bit down.
So today, after staring at this one recipe for how to cook with Earl Grey tea, I decided to do my own take on cooking with tea. Banana Tea Bread.
It might not sound very good to you, or it might sound fantastic. I decided to go with Lady Jane Grey tea because it has citrus undertones, and I thought that would marry well with bananas. It made our entire kitchen smell marvelous, I can’t wait to bite into it (when it cools, in a minute).
This is what you’ll need:
1/2 cup of water
5 Lady Jane Grey tea bags
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tea baking soda
3 over ripe bananas, mashed well
1 tea vanilla extract
1/8 tea cinnamon (optional)
1/8 tea nutmeg (optional)
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 bag pecans (or other nuts you prefer)
Preheat your oven to 350 F
Set the 1/2 cup of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and add your tea bags. Let steep for 5 minutes.
While your tea is steeping, start on your yogurt. Scoop out your yogurt into a bowl and add the baking powder. Have your child mix well and let sit for 5 minutes. Why? This allows the baking soda to ‘activate’ the yogurt, it makes it airy and a bit fluffy.
Now mash up your bananas. I find this therapeutic, I mean really, when can you bash something over and over again until it is basically a pulp? 🙂 Actually, this is something Zara likes to do. I give her a fork and let her go to town. Here’s a picture of ‘town’;
Now your tea should be steeped and your yogurt should be activated. Time to make the simple syrup. Remove the tea bags from the water remembering to press any water you can out of them so you get all the wonderful tea (you can have your child do this for you by using the back of a spoon, the tea is pretty cool by now.), now add both sugar types and the butter and put back on the heat. Stir occasionally until everything has melted.
We used a wooden spoon as this allowed Zara to stir without the spoon getting too hot (and I have a crazy long wooden spoon so she wouldn’t get too close to the stove). When everything is incorporated, remove from heat and allow to cool for about 2 minutes. While waiting, add eggs to your yogurt mixture 1 at a time, beating each one in. You’ll start to notice that this mixture is incredibly light in color and in texture…
Bake at 350 F for 45-60 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. (We’re now using propane, so I find our breads get done much quicker than before when we were using electric, hence the sort of large cook time I’ve listed).
This is actually what I am sending out to the winner of my Facebook likes contest, the winner will be receiveing this, which I’m putting in the mail today (packaged of course)