Sunday, 14 December 2014

Matcha Green Tea

I am huge fan of green tea, however, at home I am usually buying the tea bag variety. When at restaurants I go for Match green tea, and lately I've not been able to resist the Matcha green tea latte bubble tea you can buy from Meecha....if you've not tired bubble tea you don't know what you are missing!



I'm also a huge fan of the delicious, mouth watering Matcha Tiramisu from Mount Fuji, it's so much more refreshing than regular tiramisu. It's because of this that I've been dying for a long time to get my hands on a packet of Matcha powder.

matcha tiramisu from Mount Fuji


I was thrilled to be offer a packet of Organic Matcha by Kiss Me Organics. The powder is culinary grade and it said it was good for tea and cooking. The packet was resealable and easy to pack away after use. The matcha powder was bright green in colour just as I would expect it to be.

I couldn't wait to use it so I started with a green tea latte. I had no idea how to make one but a quick search Online showed me how easy it is.

Green Tea Latte with matcha


I put a teaspoon of matcha into a cup.
I added a small amount of boiling water and mixed the powder until dissolved.
I then topped up the cup with hot milk, if you have a frother it's even better.

I was really happy with the result, the matcha is very tasty.

To make a cold latte you need a cocktail shaker or similar. The matcha is added to milk and ice and shaken until mixed. This is how I like my bubble tea made, and then I like strawberry popping bubbles added, delicious!

I also decided to make a green tea cake. I looked around and there are many recipes available some complicated some simple. I decided to try and make a light and fluffy cake and this is what I came up with.

Matcha Green Tea Cake


Ingredients:

3 eggs
120g granulated sugar
100g self-raising flour
10g matcha powder
50ml milk
30g unsalted butter

Method:

put the milk and butter in a pan and warm until the butter is dissolved and mixed with the milk.
Leave to cool a little

Whisk the eggs in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Make sure the water is not touching the bowl, or that no water gets into the eggs. They need to be doubled in size and much lighter in colour.

Add the sugar to the eggs and fold in gently.

Sieve the flour and match powder together three times.

Add to the eggs and fold in really gently.

Finally, add the cooled milk and butter mixture, again very gently.

Pour into cake tin and bake in a preheated oven 170C for 30 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean.






The cake is light and fluffy and very green. You can really taste the matcha flavour.


There will probably be more matcha recipes to come...I really have to try matcha mochi and matcha cheesecake, so if you are a green tea fan do keep watching.

Disclosure: I was sent a packet of matcha powder to review, all thoughts, opinions and recipes are my own.

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