Thursday, 10 May 2012

Recipe Thursday - Five-Spice Tea Cake

Last year I tried Chinese Five-Spice for the first time and fell in love with the flavour.   It has the sweetness of Cinnamon, the heat of Peppercorns, the aromatics of Anise and Cloves and the stomach soothing of Fennel.  Somewhere I have read that it is supposed to appeal to five different tastes.  You can make your own mixture, but it is much easier to purchase unless you have a spice grinder.

Five Spice Mixture:
2 tbsp anise seed
2 tbsp fennel seed
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp cloves
2 tbsp whole peppercorns

Grind to a fine powder, keeps for six months in a closed container.

I had been yearning for a cake that used this spice.  The most promising recipe I found is from The Food Network. 

Five-Spice Tea Cake

1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup cooled, very strong jasmine tea, use 1 bag
1 cup applesauce
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Butter a 6 cup loaf pan and line it with waxed or parchment paper.
Sift together the baking powder, baking soda, salt, flour, five-spice powder, and ginger.
In a medium bowl, mix the tea and applesauce.
In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the eggs and sugar until very light and fluffy.  With the mixer running at medium speed, drizzle in the oil and mix.
Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients and 1/3 of the tea/applesauce mixture and mix.  Repeat twice more, using up all the ingredients  The batter will be somewhat thin.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake until firm to the touch and split on the top, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 70 to 90 minutes.  Set the pan on a wire rack and let cool 30 minute, then turn the cake out onto the rack, peel off the paper, and let cool.

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Peggy Ann said...

I love five spice too and have never used it outside of chinese cooking. I can't wait to try this bread! Thanks for sharing.

stujallen said...

never thought doing it like this I ve made Irish tea loaf for year with fruit,all the best stu

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

sounds so yummy! thanks for sharing!

Joy Weese Moll said...

It never occurred to me to use 5-spice in a sweet recipe. But now that I think about it, it sounds good! Thanks!

Beth F said...

Oh gosh, I love 5-spice powder. I must, must try this. This sounds like something I'd love.

Lisa said...

I've never even seen Chinese five-spice locally. I only became aware of it recently though and haven't looked hard. I had to buy Garam Masala on vacation because I couldn't find it in town.

Rikki said...

I have never used that spice mix but it sounds very nice. The tea bread looks great! Must give it a try.

jama said...

Wow, the recipe is intriguing. I've never used five spice except for making Chinese chicken dishes. Never baked with it before. Shall have to give this a try.

Libby said...

I LOVE 5 Spice Powder! I just pinned the photo of your bread (with your website, of course). So, I will come back and make it! YUM!

Esme said...

I like the sound of this cake-it seems perfect for the fall with a nice pot of tea.

caite said...

lot of 5 spice fans here!
but I never considered it in a cake..yum

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook said...

I love 5-spice but never thought to make a spice bread. It looks so good, I'd love a big slice :)

Heather S-G said...

Oh, I go through phases where I crave 5-Spice! I love that you've put it into a teacake! I will definitely be trying this.