colour study 1


This fuzzy sop is made up of gorgeous ingredients: within the base is avocado oil, macadamia oil, and organic cocoa butter, the smell it exudes is a citrus blend of 5 essential oils, and the colours are all hues that have not yet appeared in the sop directory.


Indian barberry and Indian madder are the yellow and pink respectively, whilst the fuzzy green is cambrian blue clay which heated exponentially and morphed from its usual soft shade into a deep dark wormhole.


The entire recipe has 100g of soy milk, courtesy of Edenera's soy milk powder, alongside the 200g of water in the lye solution. Milk is well known to scorch and burn, and the soy milk throughout the sop mix is only 7% of the total weight in oils. So... what caused the green fuzz??


Clays are known to accelerate batter thickening/ known as trace (the word that describes sop mix thickness - "light/medium/thick trace"), and with cambrian blue clay, the thickening did indeed happen. Having some extra soy milk mixed up, it got added to the blue jug in an attempt to keep that part of the mix fluid. It helped a little, but not much, hence the thick blocks of colour throughout the loaf and the cut bars.


The extra heating could already be seen when sneaking a peek at the gelling sop in its loaf mould. Once poured, sop is put to bed: onto a heat mat and insulated with loads of old tea towels. This is sop primed for gel phase - the beginning of becoming sop, where the high volume produces heat, which in turn deepens the colours - in this case the extra concentrated soy milk was a catalyst in the cambrian clay layer catching. In this phase this dark layer was also softer to touch (whilst the other colours were setting up/hardening as is expected), almost as if the visible part was the skin, concealing a chaotic reaction within.


Fascinating stuff...