I have to confess that I've been in a bit of a cooking and baking slump. I think it's the first one I've had yet. I still try a new recipe each time I get in the kitchen, and I still cook almost every night of the week, but I feel uninspired because I haven't stumbled upon many exciting recipes that ring true to my eating desires and passions upon completion.
With yesterday's post on enchiladas and churros that were BOMB, the previous day's post on delicious carbonara pasta, and today's post on the BEST BANANA BREAD recipe I've tried yet, it's safe to say that my slump is over. I'm on a new high! Yay, 2015!
It's hard to describe this banana bread and do it justice. The crumb topping is delicious and not too sweet. Who doesn't like crumb topping? But the bread part is where I actually start to jump up and down. It's full of banana flavor, it's light and airy (almost like it has meringue in the batter) but dense and loaf-like at the same time. I loved it. Don't change a thing about!
So I made homemade chai mix for my coworkers a few years back as a Christmas gift. I haven't even thought about doing it again since then even though I now have all the ingredients (bought all the whole spices in bulk) because it was so laborious to grind all the spices down. They don't have to be ground to a fine sand, but they do need to be token down into smaller bits and these spices (cardamom, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, whole peppercorns, whole cloves, and cinnamon sticks!) are gnarly and do not want to be pulverized.
Well, I did it again. And it was worth the effort. Just slightly ;) no, it definitely was. Homemade chai is delicious and full of...spice! When I drink chai at coffee shops it always taste so pleasant and milky but this chai mix will awaken your senses. It is truly delicious.
Banana bread and homemade chai tea. It made for the perfect afternoon tea time with friends.
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