Sunday, January 11, 2009

Green Tea Muffins


The Japanese have been using Matcha or green tea powder in their confections, cakes and anything sweet for years and these days it's becoming pretty common place among food bloggers. If you google 'Matcha' you'll find images of anything from Matcha Ice Cream to Matcha Madeleines. Green tea powder is easy to use because it doesn't have a very dominating flavor and gives your confections a bright green color.

These Green Tea Muffins were made by Ronny while I sat in the living room proofreading a paper by a mathematician. I can tell you that it was very nice when these came out of the oven warm and I have to admit I ate two of them - which is why we don't make these very often!

Ingredients:

125 g Unsalted Butter (Melted and Cooled)
2.5 dl Refined White Sugar
3 Eggs
2 Tsp Vanilla Sugar
2 Tsp Matcha (Green Tea Powder)
2 Tbsp Honey
1.5 Tsp Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
5 dl Flour
1 dl Milk

Step 1: Beat the sugar, vanilla sugar, pinch of salt and butter together than add the eggs and beat some more. Then add the honey.

Step 2: Sift the flour with the baking powder and Matcha.

Step 3: Mix the dry mixture and milk slowly into the wet mixture.

Step 4: Ladle the bright green mixture into the muffin tray and bake in a preheated oven at 200 C or 400 F. Enjoy.

These muffins will not be very sweet. If you want a sweeter muffin you'll have to add more honey.

4 comments:

Ilva said...

Never had Green Tea Muffins, they sound good but I am amazed at you thinking that you had many when you had TWO! You should come here, you'll feel as if you are dieting with these food brutes!

Murasaki Shikibu said...

haha Ilva. I am on a diet! But now you're making me think that I can afford to eat a few more. ;)

Elra said...

Murasaki, I also been incorporating mancha powder to my baking. Since I have to guess how much to put it on my batter, I still couldn't get the recipe right. Sometimes it's too bitter, and the other time I can't taste the mancha. That's why I haven't post any of my cake that involve mancha powder. Once I get the formula right, then I will post some recipe. Thanks for sharing the recipe, this is actually help me to figure out how much mancha go into the batter.
Cheers,
Elra

Murasaki Shikibu said...

Hi Elra,

The directions on a generic bag of 'Matcha' recommend:

100g of Cake Mix : 4g Matcha Powder

100 cc Milk : 1g Matcha :2g Sugar

50g Tempura Powder : 2 g Matcha

Hope this helps. :)