Feels Like Fall

Despite our unseasonably warm weather (we’ve been in the lower 80′s this week – YUCK!) I’ve been getting in the Fall mood this week and thought I’d share a few scenes from our house last weekend.

Have you ever noticed the amazing smell that permeates all of the William Sonoma stores?  A little while back, I stumbled upon the recipe for their secret weapon.  It couldn’t be easier and makes your house smell heavenly.

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The ingredients are basic and simple with lemon, fresh rosemary, vanilla and water.  I added additional vanilla to make it smell more sweet than savory but either way smells wonderful.  I put the extra ingredients in jars for a quick save for un-expected house guests.

I love any excuse to bake (especially when I can give it away!)  A dear friend moved into her new house a few weeks ago and it gave me the perfect excuse to try out a new recipe.

CHAI SPICE BREAD

Chai Spice Bread

The recipe calls for a glaze drizzle – but since I was going to be wrapping it up I left the glaze off.  I actually liked that it wasn’t overly sweet.  It would be perfect with a little afternoon tea!

RECIPE

Prep time: 15 min. Total time: 3 hrs. 55 min (includes cooling time)
Makes 1 loaf or 4 mini loaves (as pictured above)

Bread
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
1/2 cup prepared tea (I like to use Pumpkin Chai from David’s Tea)
1/3 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground cloves

Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
3-5 tsp. milk
additional ground cinnamon

1) Heat oven to 350 F. Grease loaf pan with cooking spray.

2) In large bowl, beat sugar & butter with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in eggs, tea, milk, & vanilla on low speed until ingredients are well combined (will appear curdled) . Stir in remaining bread ingredients just until moistened. Spread in pan.

3) Bake 50-60 minutes for a full loaf (35 minutes for mini loaves) or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean & slightly golden (do not under bake). Cool 10 minutes in pan on wire rack. Loosen sides of loaf from pan; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool 30 minutes.

4) In small bowl, stir powdered sugar, vanilla, & 3 tsp. of the milk, adding more milk by the teaspoonfuls, until spreadable. Spread glaze over bread. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly & store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

 

My Fall weekend wouldn’t be complete unless I had a Linnea’s Lights Pumpkin candle burning.  I feel like Fall has officially arrived the day these arrive at the store.  I am extremely picky when it comes to scents – I can’t stand anything that has a fake, sweet smell.  My husband even loves the scent, and he’s even pickier than I am!

Linnea’s Lights Pumpkin Candle

 

Happy Fall everyone!

 

3 comments

  1. I’m feeling the same way Melissa! So so over this hot weather. I think I need that candle..I LOVE pumpkin smells.

    • It’s the WORST right??? I’ve been cursing the weather and sweating my butt off in my office all day! But YES the pumpkin candle is the best – I’m only slightly (read completely) addicted!

  2. Oh I do remember your October weather is more like summer. Loving your little Williams-Sonoma trick Melissa!
    xo
    annie

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