Tea Time

Over the weekend I visited an awesome little bakery that makes only gluten-free items, Twice Baked Baking Company. I’ve been following them for a bit on instagram and everything looks amazing! I went in for the olive loaf, but it was sold out and instead left with a delicious brioche loaf. {Note: the brioche is gluten-free and dairy-free, but not sugar-free, so this was part of my 20%} This put my mind in overdrive thinking of all the delicious ways I could feast on this bread. Since the loaf was pretty narrow, I thought the slices would be the perfect size for cucumber tea sandwiches and I would add some alfalfa sprouts. The next day walking our local farmer’s market, Long Beach Southeast Farmer’s Market, I had sprouts on the brain. A couple of vendors had some basic sprouts but as I searched, I was offered a sample of sunflower sprouts…amazing! So delicious! I then tried the pea sprouts and was torn by which one to get. Luckily, I was informed they offered a sprout mix…done and done…sold!

This beautiful market mix by The Seeds of Xanxadu contains Sunflower, Daikon Radish, Beet, China Rose Radish, Arugula, Mizuna, Royal Cabbage, Chives, Garlic Chives, and Broccoli. The sprouts have such a rich flavor and combined are absolutely delicious. I knew I found the star to my tea sandwich.20160919_151519

I don’t have tea as much as I’d like, but I do love it. I figured since I would be making tea sandwiches, it would only be appropriate to have tea with them. I have an amazing, homemade chai tea blend from a beautiful cafe and market in Ojai – Farmer and the Cook that I knew would be perfect. I love that you can see each individual spice in this delicious tea; cardamom pods, anise seeds, coriander seeds, whole peppercorns, cloves and smell the spice of the ginger and cinnamon combined with the black tea, such an intoxicating smell when you open the jar. 20160919_151647.jpg

I turned the stove on to heat the water for my tea and began making my sandwich. I sliced two moderately thin slices of brioche and smeared hummus on one half and dijon mustard on the other. I peeled and thinly sliced my cucumber and placed on top of the hummus. Next, I added Trader Joe’s Green Tahini Dip & Sauce to the cucumber and a generous amount of the market mix of sprouts before topping with the dijon half of brioche, just as the kettle was screeching. I prepare my chai very simply with the blend placed in a tea strainer and hot water poured over to steep, no milk. In less than ten minutes, I had a beautiful and delicious tea sandwich paired with a cuppa for a delicious, healthy, guilt-free afternoon snack. Hope this inspires your own afternoon tea break. I’ve included the recipe below. Enjoy!20160919_152036.jpg

Cucumber Hummus Tea Sandwich

  • Servings: 2 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Gluten-free, dairy-free, tea sandwich.


-4 moderately thin slices gluten-free brioche bread

-1 tbsp hummus

-1 tbsp dijon mustard

-2 slices of peeled cucumber, enough for 1 layer on bread

-1/2 tbsp Trader Joe’s Green Tahini Dip & Sauce

-1/2 cup sprouts mix


  1. Spread out sliced bread, mirroring connecting pieces so that they will match up when stacked.
  2. 2. Spread hummus onto 2 slices of each pair, then dijon mustard onto the other 2 slices.
  3. Thinly slice cucumber and place over hummus. Top with Green Tahini and half of the sprouts on each slice.
  4. Top with dijon mustard slice of brioche.

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