Fall is here to stay, and with it comes cooler air and nipping breezes to chap and damage skin.
So today, I'm doing a different kind of recipe! Why not put the antioxidants in tea to work for you in a different way and wear it! This is a fresh calming body spray made with aloe, cucumbers, and tea that will help smooth and repair wind blown or sun damaged skin as the weather gets cooler.
This would be a fantastic gift idea this winter with a cute label and recipe card!
Any tea will work for this, but I chose to go with Star Crossed for a delicate earl grey scent with hints of mint and blueberry -- yum!
In our house, September starts three months of all things pumpkin and pumpkin spice, and a hot tea habit that might rival China.
This recipe brings together both things. It's my favorite no frills pumpkin bread recipe, elevated to a new level with a layer of spicy, gingery happiness with the addition of Roasted Pumpkin Carrot Cake tea. You won't need anything for this one other than a spoon, loaf pan and a few bowls!
Make it for yourself, friends, neighbors, coworkers -- whomever! It's so easy it's sure to be a staple for you all fall, too!
Pumpkin Tea Bread
1-2/3 cups whole wheat flour 1-1/2 cups sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1-1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice 1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) 1/2 cup grapeseed (or other neutral) oil 1/2 cup Roasted Pumpkin Carrot Cake tea (brewed double strength)
Toppings or Mix-ins (cranberries, almonds, walnuts, etc)
Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine first six ingredients. Whisk together eggs, pumpkin, oil and tea. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Fold in any mix ins desired.
Pour into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan, top with any toppings you choose. Bake until a skewer inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 70 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf.