I started the month developing various recipes for the two teas under Nature Therapy – Calming Brew and Plum + Roses Brew. The Calming Brew is a special one for me – it’s a delicate caffeine free floral bouquet with no caffeine, that works as a floral brew for all times of day, and particularly at nights to help release tension in the mind and body and thereby induce sleep.
But you know me – just to brew into tea isn’t where I would stop – and the first place I go to is, obviously cake! This is perhaps, if I may say so, one of the best ones I’ve created so far – an olive oil and honey base with a cup of Calming Brew which gives light scents of chamomile and lavender, and the perfect moist crumb. This cake needs no frosting, but for the sake of pleasing and calming the eye, I made a dairy-free frosting out of cashews with another swirl of honey.
My father ate a bite, and stated it could be served at Richoux – one of the most elegant patisseries that we frequented in our London days – and this is a true compliment from a person who rarely gives me any!
To make this cake vegan: replace honey with castor sugar in the cake and icing sugar in the frosting