1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar, granulated
1 cup flour
1 cup Almond Flour
1/2 teaspoon Cardamom powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 teabag of black tea, cut and emptied from the bag
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream butter and sugar in a bowl until lite and fluffy, mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl mix the flour, almond flour, cardamom, salt, baking powder and tea.
Add flour mixture to the sugar mixture in parts until well combined. Place tablespoons of batter onto a baking sheet
Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly brown around the bottom edges.
Any good black tea works for this, I am currently preferring an Irish Breakfast tea, my next choice would be Earl Grey. I usually drink these off and on instead of coffee in the fall and winter months.
1/2 cup boiling water
12 oz Almond Milk, Heated
1 teaspoon sugar(more or less to taste)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Boil the water and steep 2 teabags in your serving mug. Heat the Almond milk and dissolve the sugar into it. Use a milk frother to froth the almond milk if you have one. Remove and discard the tea bags and stir in the vanilla, pour in the Almond milk and top with foam.
I went back and forth on how I was going to design this soap. My original request was for lemon. The problem here is that lemon essential oil wont hold its scent in soap. I went looking for a fragrance oil and after reading reviews of its performance I decided I would likely loose my lemon scent with fragrance oil or it would be so mild the lavender would simply overpower it. I know that I could use lemongrass, but it just isn’t as perfect of a match with lavender as an actual citrus scent, after reading many reviews on fragrance performance the closest match turns out to be a bergamot black tea fragrance. Bitter orange is not far off from lemon so it should work to fill the request and will blend with lavender perfectly. After that there were questions like would the yellow and purple be too silly looking? If I left it at white and yellow and ground up lavender flowers… should I mix the scent or split it between the colors. In the end I went with both colors even if it’s silly and to split the scents between the colors. So the extra made an additional two lavender bars on the side.
Soap Contents: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Castor Oil, Rice Bran Oil
Colorants: Queens Purple Mica, Yellow Mica, Racing Stripe Orange Mica, Gold Shimmer Mica, Activated Charcoal
Fragrance: Lavender Fragrance Oil, Bergamot Black Tea Fragrance Oil
Method: Tilted Base, Pencil line, Hangar
I made a divider for my soap mold and split the batch into two different soaps. On one side I was expecting trouble with the Pikake or Hawaiian Jasmine scent I picked and while it didn’t thicken as fast as I expected it did rice and have to be blended out. I picked a pearly white mica and tossed in some of my rose gold mica which discolors in cold process but I wanted to see what I would end up with, I was hoping for a very soft pink or at least some gold sparkle but it seems to have completely disappeared.
On the other side of the divider I used a ginger and patchouli scent. The bottom layer is grey with activated charcoal and I added black tea. Then I blended cocoa powder for brown, Moroccan red clay blended with brick red oxide for red and drop swirled those into a plain batter and layered it over the grey layer. The top is a solid pearly white.