Flavorful chai and colorful squash make this sweet quick bread a warming winter treat. Prep and Cook Time: about 1 1/4 hours, plus 10 minutes to cool.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter, at room temperature
1 cup mashed cooked winter squash, such as butternut or acorn
2 large eggs
1/2 cup liquid chai concentrate
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon each ground cardamom, ginger, and black pepper
1/4 teaspoon each ground cloves, nutmeg, and allspice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, use a mixer to beat together sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add squash, eggs, chai, and vanilla and stir until well blended. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices, and nuts and stir just until evenly moistened. Pour batter into a buttered 8-inch loaf pan.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of bread comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes. Serve warm or cool.