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Hey! Howdy! Hi! Thanks for joining us down on the farm this week for Tisane Tuesday! If this is you first stop by the farm for tea time let me share with you the lo down. Every Tuesday we are sharing some great, wonderful, fantastic whole food recipes for tea time and pairing those great, wonderful, fantastic foods with some great, wonderful and fantastic TEAS!
Not just any tea though! We specialize in blending herbal teas with Oregon grown goodness in them and so that is what we are sharing here every week. Herbal teas are known as tisane's and hence the name of our weekly post, Tisane Tuesday. You can check out previous recipes and teas here on our Tisane Tuesday blog roll.
Herbal teas are great because they are generally caffeine free and are easier to source locally as different climates lend to different herbs that may be grown. Actual tea leaves (camellia sinensis) only grow in certain places and it takes a really LONG time for them to get big enough to make much tea! It takes 10 years to reach a maturity point where leaves may be taken from the plant without harm and only the top couple may be used. So it ends up taking lots of tea plants to make a little ol' cup of tea! Herbs on the other hand are much different and easier to grow in a shorter amount of time.
So without further ado lets introduce you to a little cuppa!
Farmer's Wife Raspberry Tea
This BEAUTIFUL, deep red herbal tea gets its color from the sweet and wonderful hibiscus petals that are in the blend. Hibiscus is a tropical flower that many would recognize as the Hawaiian state flower. This flower is used as dyes and flavorings in many foods carrying with it a very light cranberry flavor unless paired with other herbs. The base for this tea is a green rooibos which is naturally caffeine free and has similar properties of green tea. Red clover leaf and nettle leaf add a light herby flavor to this tea making it a very refreshing and satisfying blend.
It is perfect for a morning cup of tea to get the day started off right. Its bright cheery color will brighten any cloudy day and the raspberry flavor is just right- not too strong. This would make an excellent white chocolate raspberry TEA mocha paired with some heavy cream and melted white chocolate chips. Brew up a cup today by grabbing a package from our farm store here. Serve it up with this yummy white cake and cream cheese frosting below!
Vanilla Kefir Cake with Honey Frosting
Today is a special day on the farm, its Farm Girl #1's birthday and we are serving up a special treat! Her request was for a white cake with white frosting and "M&M"'s (synthetic dye free coated candies).
Vanilla Kefir Cake & Creamcheese Honey Frosting
Modified from Whole Food's Simple Yogurt Cake
2 Cups White Wheat Flour (or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour)
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
1 Cup Kefir
1 Cup Honey
3 Large Eggs
1/3 cup Canola Oil, plus more to oil the pan
1/2 tsp. Almond Extract
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Mix the wet ingredients in one bowl. Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and incorporate until just mixed together. Don't over mix. Pour batter in a greased 9" round cake pan (we used a spring foam pan that worked perfect!). Bake for 45 minutes, test with a tooth pick to make sure its done. The tooth pick will be clean when it comes out if the cake if it is done. Set to cool 10-15 minutes then remove the spring from the pan and continue to cool.
After the cake has cooled its time to frost the cake!
Honey Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8 oz container of Cream Cheese
(Cultured cream cheese is best and gives you probiotics!)
1 cube of Organic/Grassfed Butter (cold) cut into 1/4 inch slices
1/2 cup of Raw Honey
1/2 tsp Almond Extract
1/2 cup Organic Arrowroot Powder
Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth and cream. Adjust arrowroot powder as needed to get desired consistency. Spread all over your cooled cake and decorate as desired!
Thanks for stopping by the farm! We hope to see you for tea time next Tuesday!
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