Do you see how delicious that looks?
I am so busy lately, I don’t even know which way is up on some days and I forget to eat. These pictures make me drool as soon as I look at them.
In the midst of my writing, I have apparently decided being sick sounded fun and I feel like a mack truck hit. Which, is why I am so grateful to my sweet friend Nancy from GottaGetBaked who has graciously offered to guest post for me today with a scrumptious Earl Grey Loaf. When she told me what she was making, I was immediately curious and definitely wanted to try it. After checking out the recipe and her gorgeous photos, now I KNOW I want to try it.
So here’s Nancy to tell you about it.
I’m Nancy from gottagetbaked and I’m truly honoured to be guest posting on Nicole’s awesome blog today. I met Nicole through my involvement with the wonderful blogging community, Sunday Supper, created by our fearless leader, Isabel of Family Foodie. I haven’t been blogging long but ladies like Nicole and Isabel have been amazing sources of support and inspiration.
Whenever I feel like I’m drowning in obligations and responsibilities, I just take a look at Nicole and put an end to my pity party. She is truly super woman – she’s a writer, a wife, a mom of five kids – yes, FIVE! Plus, she’s got a veritable menagerie of pets wandering around the house. She is also an invaluable contributor to Sunday Supper, not to mention all the other blogger communities she’s a part of.
A few weeks ago, Nicole asked for some volunteers to guest blog this month and I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Especially since she has an incredibly cool reason for needing the help – for those who follow her blog, this is her 8th year of participating in the National Novel Writing Month. I have never heard of this before and I got super excited as I learned more about it. In a nutshell, participants sign up and begin writing a novel on November 1st. The goal is to write 50,000 words by November 30th.
My dream in high school was to become an author. I read voraciously and desperately wanted to emulate my favourite authors – Stephen King, Margaret Atwood, Amy Tan (just to name a few). I was a terrible student but English and creative writing were my forte. I used to write summaries of books that I’d publish one day. Unfortunately, as I entered university, I decided to be “practical and realistic” and gave up my dream of becoming a published author.
I’m totally rooting for Nicole to hit her goal of 50,000 words (I know you can do it!) and next year, I am definitely signing up for the challenge.
For now, I’m more than happy to share with you a recipe for an amazing Earl Grey tea loaf. I found it on the lovely blog, Once Upon a Cutting Board, from my fellow Canuck, Natalie. She very graciously allowed me to reprint her recipe so without further ado:
Moist Earl Grey Tea Loaf
- 3 bags Earl Grey vanilla tea (I used normal Earl Grey tea)
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp cardamom
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ¾ cup sugar (I used my vanilla-infused sugar for a bigger hit of vanilla flavour)
- ? cup plain yogurt
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of your loaf pan with parchment paper and butter that baby up.
- Place the milk in a small saucepan and empty the contents of the tea bags into the milk (just snip the tops off the tea bags and dump it all in). Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the milk is warm and the tea begins to steep. The milk will turn a rich brown and will smell incredible. Turn off the heat and set it aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the two flours, baking soda, salt, cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon.
- In a medium bowl, combine the oil, sugar, yogurt, eggs and vanilla. Stir the milk and tea mixture into the wet ingredients.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and fold it together until just combined (be careful not to over mix, don’t worry about lumps).
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake.
- Place on a wire rack and cool completely before slicing.
I love this loaf. It’s super light, moist, and not too sweet. The spices meld beautifully with the Earl Grey and the dark flecks of tea leaves speckling the loaf are a delightful sight to behold. You will want to eat this slice after slice, washed down with giant mugs of coffee or tea (whatever’s your pleasure). I think it’s the perfect snack for Nicole to nosh on while she’s writing her novel. It’s still delicious the next day too (if it’ll last more than a day!).
Thanks for reading, y’all, and a huge thanks to my friend Nicole for having me over.”
Nancy, thank you so much for stopping by today and sharing this wonderful recipe with my readers. Thank you for all of the wonderful words of encouragement and the ego stroking you did for me up there. haha I appreciated it quite a bit. I am still trudging along in my novel and hope to be finishing on time again this year.
This loaf is definitely getting made this weekend my sweet friend. There is no doubt that this is the perfect snack while I am writing and consuming “giant mugs of coffee”, which I am indeed doing. Daily. Hourly. You get it.
Thank you again!!