Hong Zao Bread is filled with soft and chewy Chinese red dates (jujubes), bananas, Chinese 5 spice and topped with sesame seeds. Perfect for breakfast or teatime.
Today's post is going to be a world of fun. I have a delicious Chinese Hong Zao bread recipe to share, a fun story and even a worldwide TeaVivre gift set give away for five lucky followers.
I made a Chinese Hong Zao Bread to share during my last language exchange session. My Chinese Hong Zao bread has big delicious chewy Chinese (Hong Zao) dates, bananas, Chinese five spice powder, and is lightly sweetened with honey. The Chinese Hong Zao bread is sprinkled with white sesame seeds just before baking and this gives the bread a crunchy topping but a deliciously moist interior.
I have made this recipe in a 8x4 loaf pan but this recipe would also work well in muffin tins so you can bring a delightful breakfast/snack to work or school. Hong Zao also known as Jujube or Chinese red dates are very sweet and are good for your health.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that red dates (Hong Zao) helps build up yangqi (阳气), or the warm half of the yin-yang balance, in the body, and have the power to strengthen the spleen and stomach, replenish qi, nourish and produce blood and tranquilize the mind. Hong Zao also enriches and replenishes your blood and women eat red dates especially during their special time of the month. I have the perfect cup of tea to accompany this Hong Zao bread but you have to keep on reading to find out how to get your delicious free tea samples from TeaVivre.
Every week, my dear friend and I meet for a Chinese/English language exchange. We share languages, drink tea and sometimes eat a little treat while I struggle with my tones and word order...
My friend is now fluent in English, meanwhile I am over here still struggling with my Chinese characters and have high aspirations to at least be able to speak as well as a 4 year old by the end of the year. I know you are all laughing, but learning Chinese has its trials and tribulations.
I think however the best gift that friends can give each other is a true appreciation of each other's culture. Cultural exchange is more than just learning the language. It is about learning what makes them tick, what do they enjoy to eat and drink, what do they like to do for fun and somehow making both of our cultures mold into one.
My Chinese Hong Zao bread is the perfect melting pot of cultures. The bread has the basic ingredients for a banana bread but is warmed with Chinese spices and fruits.
Another way we blend our cultures together is our love for tea. My friend and I had the fine opportunity to sample some delicious TeaVivre tea.
TeaVivre is a group of tea lovers and aficionados from China, Canada and France, who all share a passion for drinking great tea and appreciate the healthy life style it brings. The TeaVivre group resides in China, frequently travel through the country visiting China's tea plantations and track down only truly exceptional teas. Their mission is to ship to you directly the highest quality Chinese teas that are, wherever possible, 100% organically grown and produced. TeaVivre is an online store that features a diverse selection of teas such as Green, Black, White, Oolong, Puer, Flowering Tea, organic, herbal, fruit and many beautiful tea pots and tea supplies. They ship all over the world. Here is the link to their website..http://www.teavivre.com
I am a bit of a tea connoisseur so I am quite picky about the types, taste, fragrance, mouth feel, clarity and appearance of my tea. Living in Asia, I have come to have a true appreciation for the brewing the perfect cup of tea.
We decided to start with a light and fragrant flower tea from TeaVivre called True Love. True Love is made from high quality Silver Needle Green Tea, Jasmine, Marigold and Amaranth flowers.
After about 2 minutes of brewing, 3 beautiful flowers blossomed with one in the centre middle and 2 rising to the top of my glass tea-pot. True Love was mild, floral and delicately balanced for several pours. Both of my teenagers loved this tea as well.
The next tea we sampled from TeaVivre was the Ripened Aged Pu-erh Mini Tuocha. I rinsed twice and then started with a 10 second brew time for our first pour and with each and every pour it was mellow, smooth and had an earthy complex flavor.
This tea was a perfect match for my Chinese Hong Zao bread and trust me after lots of tea drinking you need a little something to nibble on. My youngest teenager loves Pu-erh teas as long as they do not become bitter and this one stayed smooth and lovely for several pours.
With mother nature sending cold arctic blasts our way, it is the perfect time to sample some warming, comforting, good for your health teas.
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Hong Zao Bread and TeaVivre Giveaway
- 1 cup banana
very ripe mashed (between 2-3 bananas)
- ⅓ cup butter
- ½ cup honey
(I like my breads only lightly sweet so I add only ½ cup but add ¾ cup if like a real sweet bread)
- 1 egg egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon five spice powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1.5 cups flour
- 1 cup Chinese red dates
(also known as jujubes, hong zao)soaked, chopped and deseeded (can exchange with regular dates, raisins or even dried cranberries)
- ⅛ cup sesame seeds (optional for garnish)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Place your dates in a bowl and cover with hot water and allow to soak for about ½ hour or until softened. Drain the dates and set aside. (If your dates are super fresh and moist you can skip this step of soaking but mine little a help)
- Mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla, five spiced powder and cinnamon. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour and mix. Add and stir in the drained Chinese Dates (Jujubes/ Hong Zao). Pour mixture into a buttered 8x4 inch loaf pan. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack.
- Remove Chinese Hong Zao Bread from loaf pan, slice and serve with delightful cup of your favorite tea/coffee.
So exotic. What a view
HWC Magazine says
Awww. Thanks so much Dana. We call that our Million dollar view. We hope you give our easy hong zao bread a try soon. If you love dates, you will love this recipe.
Hannah (BitterSweet) says
Oh, I'm so sad that I only saw your post now and missed out on the giveaway! I've only eaten Chinese dates once, and would have loved the opportunity to play around with them in my own kitchen. Ah well, I guess that's another ingredient to look out for next time I get to an Asian market... I'm certainly feeling inspired now, at least.
Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen says
This recipe looks so good! I love Chinese dates too! I'm a tea drinker too but I've tried those in tea bags only not the loose leaf kind. That True Love tea looks really romantci with the flowers blooming.
Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen says
I love five spice powder and pop some into almost everything these days, I crave the flavor. I'm impressed that you are trying to learn a new language, this is so challenging. I took Spanish once, in order to help my kids with homework.. and they ended up helping me:D As for that tea, I just showed my son that pretty flowering tea, I know if I sipped that it would become my new favorite. Here at home we have a company (doesn't deliver) called David's Tea and they have unusually exotic flavors like Red Velvet Cake. xx
I love red dates..have never tried baking them in a cake. I should try this soon.
I am a coffee drinker but I too, love tea.. The flower tea that you featured in the post sounds really lovely..and I love the dramatics of it 'blossoming' in the hot water!
Well, I *am* a coffee drinker, but I don't not drink tea. Actually I absolutely love jasmine, but it's hard to find a "good" jasmine tea. Cheap ones always seem to have this horrible catch in your throat which it really shouldn't have. I had some lovely teas when I visited my sister in China, but that was many years ago now!
Great post Bam, and a beautiful bread recipe - I love the idea of the sesame topping... bet it gives a beautiful texture and also a delicate flavour when eating! That photo of the teapot is so beautiful too... so incredible that it looks so perfect!
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I do subscribe! Hubby used to love tasting tea in China, but he still remains a coffee drinker. He loves cups of tea, in his special tea cup, just so he can keep his hands warm. As far as the Chinese-that was my son's degree! Every now and then we go to a Chinese massage place here in Denver. They are all talking under their breath and my son can understand most of what they say. Then he speaks up and they are in shock. Quite funny, I must say. And just hearing him speak makes me laugh out loud because it sounds so foreign coming out of his mouth. He will be heading there, probably sometime in May, to do some more studies and also to hopefully, find a job in the up and coming wine business! We will see!
Buona notte, BAM! I give you credit for learning Chinese. It has to be one of the hardest languages for us in the West to learn. It's just so different from any that we have experience with.How nice that you d your friend can learn each other's language together.
Your bread looks so tasty and those dates are so plump! I can only imagine how good the combination of dates with banana tastes.
I'm not a tea drinker, BAM, and wouldn't appreciate the prizes. Good luck to everyone and have a great week!
I love any kind of tea.When I was 14, I worked at a bubble tea station in the mall, and I got to try SO many different kinds of tea. I developed a liking for matcha tea there, and will get some at every opportunity.
This bread loos super fantastic 🙂
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I’m a huge tea lover, especially chewy Chinese dates & Chinese 5-Spice powder! Miam!
I had a Chinese doctor who used to insist I eat almost nothing but those red dates. I'm not sure what they were supposed to do for me. I love a giveaway! I think my favourite out of those listed would be the Unbridled Love Fruit Tea xx
Culinary Flavors says
This is such a great giveaway! Thanks for hosting it! Your bread looks delicious!
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I love oolong tea, green tea and white tea! I actually had a blooming tea today! They are so pretty! I would love to try these teas!