Chai Tea Bread

I love chai tea and thought I would try incorporating it into a bread recipe. This is a bread machine recipe. I ran it on the Dough cycle and then braided and baked the bread in the oven.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
1 2-pound loaf


  • 1 cup 2% milk

  • 3 chai tea bags (such as Oregon Chai®), divided

  • 3 cups bread flour

  • 1 egg, separated

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

  • cup white sugar

  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 tablespoon white decorator sugar, or to taste


  1. Heat milk in the microwave for 1 minute. Steep 1 tea bag in the warm milk for 7 to 10 minutes. Whisk contents of the remaining tea bags into flour.

  2. Pour milk into a bread machine, discarding tea bag. Add egg yolk, butter, flour, sugar, yeast, and salt, in that order. Run Dough cycle.

  3. Remove dough from the machine after the cycle is done, about 90 minutes. Place on a floured surface and punch down gently. Divide dough into 3 equal parts and braid together. Tuck ends under.

  4. Place the braided loaf on a greased baking pan and cover loosely with a towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  6. Whisk egg white with water to make egg wash. Brush egg wash over the loaf. Sprinkle decorator sugar on top.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

203 Calories
4g Fat
36g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 203
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 150mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 97mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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