Baking With Matcha

Matcha Blueberry Granola Bars
(Adapted from an original recipe by Modest Marce).

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INGREDIENTS

3 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup raw honey

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon The Tea Smith Matcha

1 pinch of salt

1 pinch of cinnamon

3/4 cups almonds (roughly chopped or slivered)

1/2 cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped

1 cup fresh blueberries (can substitute 1/2 cup dried blueberries)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl toss oats with honey, oil, vanilla, matcha powder, salt & cinnamon until well coated.

Stir in almonds, white chocolate & fresh blueberries.

Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper & press oat mixture firmly into dish.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the oats have turned a slight golden brown.

Let cool completely before slicing into bars.

Chocolate Matcha Butter Cups
(Adapted from www.keepinitkind.com)

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INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup coconut butter, softened but not melted

5 tablespoons almond flour

3 tablespoons powdered xylitol (or powdered sugar)

1 teaspoon The Tea Smith Matcha

1 cup chopped dark chocolate

1 teaspoon coconut oil

For the Topping

1/8 teaspoon The Tea Smith Matcha

1/16 teaspoon sea salt

cacao nibs

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, mix together the coconut butter, almond flour, powdered xylitol (or powdered sugar), and matcha powder. Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

While the matcha mixture is chilling, melt the chocolate. Place the chocolate in a glass bowl and place over a small pot of boiling water. Add the coconut oil and stir until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat.

Line a muffin tin with 8 muffin liners. Spoon 2 teaspoons of melted chocolate into a liner and use the back of the spoon to push the chocolate about 1/4 of the way up the side of the liner. Repeat with the rest of the liners.

Scoop 1 tablespoon of the matcha mixture into your hands and roll it into a ball. Place the ball into one of the liners and use your fingers to gently flatten it. Repeat until all cups have been filled.Top each cup with 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate and use your spoon to spread evenly over the matcha mixture, making sure that the chocolate meets the edge. If there is extra chocolate, divide it amongst the cups and smooth out.

In a small bowl, mix together the matcha powder and sea salt for the topping. Sprinkle the matcha salt mixture over the tops of the cups. Add a few cacao nibs to each, if desired. Place the muffin tin in the refrigerator and chill the cups until they are solid. Keep chilled until ready to serve. For a softer, chewier, piece, let it sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before eating.

White Chocolate and Matcha Tea Marbled Cake
(Adapted from an original recipe by LaTatine Gourmande).
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INGREDIENTS

3 large eggs

6 1/3 oz all- purpose flour

2 3/4 oz white chocolate

4 1/4 oz butter

5 1/4 oz fine sugar

1 pinch of salt

1.5 tsp. The Tea Smith Matcha

1 tsp baking powder

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the butte.r

Place the chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water and let simmer until the chocolate is melted.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, place the eggs with the sugar and beat until it is white in color- then remove.

Sift the flour with the baking powder and add it to the egg/sugar preparation, mixing manually with a whisk.

Then add the salt and butter and mix.

Divide the batter in 2/3 and 1/3. Add the melted chocolate to the 2/3 batter and the matcha tea to the 1/3 batter.

Grease a rectangular cake pan and add half of the chocolate batter.

Continue with the matcha tea batter and finish with the other half of the chocolate batter.

Take a fork and pass it through the different layers of batter.

Cook your cake for 50 minutes or until the blade of a knife comes out dry when inserted in the cake. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before removing from pan.

Business Partner Spotlight: Floating in Tea

By: Jordan Concannon – Owner of Blue Oceans Float

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Even before I started designing the layout of my float shop, I knew I wanted a tea bar. It took quite a long time to find the exact ‘bar’ that would work in the space and match the style of other items in the lobby. It couldn’t be too metallic or modern, it couldn’t be old fashioned or too small. It had to be big enough to hold tea and water, and provide a counter space when we held parties and gatherings in the shop.

The tea bar was the last piece to come together. Long before that I decided with my team members that we wanted only tea from one location- The Tea Smith. I’d visited the Tea Smith so many times over the past 2 years. I’d go before and after work or school, or just to relax in a nice space to work on the computer or read. I’m a green tea drinker, but staff from The Tea Smith convinced me to branch out to other teas, like the tisanes and the harmony teas. Their staff took the time to tell me all about the history of their teas, the art of brewing the perfect pot of tea, and the best way to serve it. They also gave me advice on the materials to buy, the water heater I needed, and every item that was necessary in providing a wonderful tea experience for the visitors to Blue Oceans Float.

IMG_6978Our lobby was already very inviting and we encourage floaters to relax on the couches after their float – which they already do with little persuasion. The tea adds that extra piece of relaxation and perfection to the floating experience. It’s like a gateway between floating and the outside world. People coming out of a float shouldn’t have to rush back to the hectic world and crazy roads. They should have an opportunity to slowly readjust to gravity, the sounds and noises of the world. The tea provides that opportunity. It helps their body and mind gently wake back up.

All who have tried the teas we currently provide absolutely LOVE the flavors and the richness, the depth and the energizing yet calming energy they bring. I’m excited to try more flavors of tea as time goes on and continue to support our local Tea Smith.

Introducing a Friend to Tea

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Did you know that tea is the second most consumed liquid on earth, only after water? It also contains a plethora of health benefits from increasing our metabolism, to helping prevent cancer, to controlling cholesterol levels.

I’m the first to admit- walking into my first teashop was quite an intimidating experience. There were all types of cool canisters along the wall with teas I had never heard of, some of which I wasn’t even sure of the pronunciation. Yes, I was actually scared. My eyes quickly darted over all of the tea names and landed on one I had heard of and knew I could pronounce- Earl Grey.

So when a friend of mine asked if I could be her tour guide into the world of tea, I was elated! Two years since that first Earl Grey, I felt like I had a much better grasp on the fabulous world of tea. Here are some simple tips when introducing yourself or a friend to tea!

First and foremost- have fun! Don’t take it too seriously. It should be an enjoyable experience to try new teas. The first step is to get the necessary supplies. They will include a tea infuser, a tea kettle and a nice mug to enjoy your tea in.

As a tea tour guide, the best thing to do is to not be overwhelming. Sure, let them know that the world of tea is so much bigger than this cup or this variety, but also bring it to a level that they can relate to. Show them what tea can do for them. Whisk up a Matcha tea and ask if they feel like they have more energy. Have them take notes when trying new teas. It’s hard to remember all of the types/flavors later on.

If possible, visit your local tea store during a slow time of day. A weekday afternoon might be a good time. Start out slow, maybe order a tea flight with 3 or 4 sample teas. The staff will be able to spend more time with you talking about some store favorites along with answering all of your questions! Make sure to try the store samples too!

Enroll together in a tea class! Tea 101, Matcha Madness, and Introduction to Green Teas are offered at the Tea Smith and are all great choices to learn more about tea.

If you’re unsure about where to start with all the different tea types, try a tea sampler box! Tea samplers include (6) seasonal loose teas. Another great option is to check out a tea subscription box. The Tea Smith hand-picks blends and flavors to best complement each month of the season, from spicy and comforting teas during the wintertime, to fruity teas for icing on long summer days.

In the end, show your new tea drinking friend that tea is something worth paying attention to, not just a hot drink for when you’re under the weather.

Spring Teas have Sprung

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With the arrival of spring and its ever-warming weather, there are a plethora of bright, floral and herbal teas to match what’s happening outside. Spring teas are among the most beautiful, colorful, and delightful flavors available at any time of year. And for tea-lovers, the start of spring is pure enjoyment!

In Japan, the season of spring is marked by the aromatic, pink blossoms of cherry trees. The sense of renewal is captured in our Cherry Blossom Green Tea, marked with dried cherry bits. http://www.theteasmith.com/product/Cherry-Blossom-Green-Tea.html

Spring is most arguably the high season for Chinese tea. Some of the nation’s best and most sought-after teas originate in spring, when the first buds on tea plants are harvested after the winter.

Jasmine Pearl is comprised of Fine Pouchong leaves, scented with jasmine blooms, then rolled into pearls that unfurl in your cup. These slender green leaves produce their entrancing aroma for three, four, five infusions. http://www.theteasmith.com/product/Finest-Jasmine-Pearls-Green-Tea.html

Black tea is widely known for its wealth of benefits, from increasing energy to boosting immunity. Simply Strawberry Black Tea has a subtle aroma and flavor when hot, but a slightly stronger aroma and sweet flavor once it has cooled making it a treat that can be enjoyed all year long! http://www.theteasmith.com/product/Simply-Strawberry-Black-Tea.html

Perfect for a sunny spring day is The Tea Smith’s Orange Blosson Rooibos tea. This is a light, orange-scented tea with curls of orange zest. When infused, the rind imparts a splash of citrus that comes together with the crispness of rooibos. http://www.theteasmith.com/product/Orange-Blossom-Rooibos-Tea.html

If you’re looking for something soothing after a long day, the natural oils in Lavender White Tea promote relaxation even before you take that first sip. White teas are enjoyed for their floral notes. Add natural lavender flowers and you have a tea that is uplifting and at the same time relaxing. http://www.theteasmith.com/product/Lavender-Spring-White-Tea.html

The short time between spring and summer brings about the new first flush Darjeelings from India. First flushes are regarded as the “champagne of tea.” Stay tuned! We will be announcing the arrival of our 2017 Darjeeling- 1st Flush- soon!