Cooking With
Matcha Green Tea

Green tea is certainly a popular hot or iced beverage, boasting its cancer-fighting antioxidants and distinctive earthy taste. However, sipping brewed tea isn't the only way to reap the health benefits of this ancient drink. Matcha, or green tea powder, is an innovative form of green tea that not only gives you the tasty opportunity to include green tea in more substantial sips, baked goods and even savory dishes, matcha also delivers a more potent nutritional punch than the usual brewed green tea. Here are a mere three of the many matcha recipes you can enjoy.

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Matcha Green Tea LatteMatcha recipes

Recipes are courtesy of Matcha Source.

Matcha Green Tea Latte

Serves 1

A refreshing change from the coffee bar iced lattes, this chilled matcha latte is the perfect drink when you need a cool pick me up. White recommends using Matcha Source Gotcha Matcha.

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons matcha
2 ounces hot water or milk
1 cup crushed ice
6 ounces milk (cow, almond, soy or rice)
Fresh ice for serving

Directions:
1. Sift matcha into a martini shaker. Melt matcha by adding the 2 ounces of hot water or milk, stirring to form a paste.

2. Fill shaker with ice. Add 6 ounces of milk and shake well. Strain latte into a tall glass with fresh ice.

Matcha Ganache

Makes about 1-1/4 cups

White chocolate green tea ganache is an unexpected but very welcome frosting for cakes, cupcakes, or sweet quickbreads. You can find this ganache slathered on butternut squash cupcakes in the Matcha Source e-cookbook.

Ingredients:
3.5 ounces best quality white chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup cream, divided
2 teaspoons matcha
Cupcakes
Pumpkin seeds
Usucha tea leaves*

Directions:
1. Start out by chilling the mixing bowl and the beaters.

2. Melt white chocolate and 1/4 cup of cream in a double boiler or heat-proof bowl situated in a pan of simmering water (bowl should not touch water), stirring continually. Remove from heat and cool completely.

3. Put the rest of the cream into the chilled mixing bowl. Sift matcha into the cream and whisk until thoroughly blended. Beat until beater marks just begin to show.

4. Add the cooled white chocolate mixture and continue beating until soft peaks form. Be careful not to over-beat as it will turn to butter.

5. Spread over the tops of cakes, cupcakes, or sweet quickbreads. For garnish, add a few pumpkin seeds and sprinkle with crushed usucha tea leaves.

*Usucha tea leaves are a high quality tea in the form of fine thin flakey tea leaves used to accent sweet or savory food dishes.

Matcha Salt

Makes 7 tablespoons

Exuding the distinctive flavor of matcha, this green tea sea salt is an ideal seasoning for vegetables, eggs, meats, poultry and fish. Sprinkle a little on a finished dish or use it to season foods before they are cooked.

Ingredients:
6 tablespoons coarse grey sea salt
1 tablespoon matcha powder

Directions:
Mix salt and matcha together in a clean spice bottle or airtight container. Store it with the rest of your dried herbs and spices.

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Comments on "Matcha green tea recipes"

Julie Ann December 05, 2009 | 11:41 AM

Great info! I just discovered this matcha at my whole foods yesterday & realized it must be the secret ingrediant in my favorite sushi bar green tea ice cream. I'm so excited to try cooking with it! I just came up with a TROPICAL MATCHA SMOOTHIE. I think it's a winner! Get recipe at www.Recipygypsy Thanx!

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