Japanese Matcha green tea isn’t just for drinking.
The unique, bittersweet flavour and aroma of matcha makes it a perfect recipe base for both sweet and savoury treats – and dessert is no exception. Its bright and vibrant verdant colouring adds an attractive aesthetic impact to any dessert.
The most important thing to remember when cooking with Matcha green tea powder is to use fresh product, like our culinary matcha here.
Some of the most popular and delicious Matcha Green Tea Desserts include:
Arguably, the most popular Matcha dessert recipe is Matcha Green Tea Ice-Cream. Here's a simple recipe...
Matcha Green Tea Ice-cream
200 ml cream
3 very fresh eggs
2 tbsp Matcha powder
3 tbsp hot water
Place matcha powder, hot water, and 5g of sugar in a bowl and mix well with a spoon.
In a fresh bowl, beat the eggs while slowly adding 35g of the sugar. Mix well in a blender until it turns white.
Whip the cream with the remaining sugar in yet another fresh bowl. It must have a smooth consistency.
Mix the Matcha mixture with the beaten eggs, and then add the whipped cream.
Cut through the mixture with a rubber spatula.
Place the mixture in a bowl or dish and freeze for at least four hours.
Matcha green tea can be enjoyed in so many ways; it is certainly not limited to the traditional hot tea and water beverage many would expect!
One of the most enjoyable ways to drink matcha tea is in a green tea matcha latte. The smooth, slightly bittersweet taste of the matcha tea is the perfect combination with creamy milk and a little natural sweetener (if desired).
How to Make a Matcha Tea Latte
(Almond milk is particularly tasty with matcha)
Matcha tea is truly like powdered gold – the ambrosia or nectar of the gods, delicious hot or cold, it should be savoured – and there is no better way to do so than in a matcha tea latte.
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Famous in Japanese Tea Ceremonies, Matcha tea is a tea with a difference: instead of steeping tea leaves, matcha comes in powdered form and is whisked to create a full-bodied elixir that is healthy, verdant, and both calming and invigorating at the same time.
Traditionally, matcha tea is made with the following tools: a handmade bamboo whisk (chasen); tea bowl (matcha-chawan); a ladle (chashaku); a tea strainer; and matcha powder.
Follow these simple steps to make the perfect cup of matcha tea...
Always keep matcha powder in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and use the powder within two to three weeks of opening. The flavour and aroma depend greatly on freshness.
Long a dietary staple in the East, green tea is an ever more popular beverage worldwide, consumed for its unique aroma and myriad of health benefits. The finest variety of green tea available is Matcha Tea.
Chosen by Japanese Zen Buddhist monks over hundreds of years for its properties promoting both calm and alertness, and the tea of choice for the sacred Japanese Tea Ceremony, matcha tea is an extremely important part of Japanese culture.
But how is Matcha tea different from other green teas?
The Zen Masters knew they were onto a good thing. Begin your love affair with Matcha Tea today. Not only will you do your body a favour, your mind too will benefit – and it tastes great!
We've read it hundreds of times: green tea, especially matcha, is one of the healthiest drinks out there--from cholesterol, to energy, to focus, to weight loss--but how much of that is the truth? Here are the facts as published in academic journals.
Green tea has a positive impact on heart health
1. According to research published in a 2008 issue of Journal of Nutritional & Environmental MedicineGreen tea has the ability to lower LDL cholesterol, as well as the ability to reduce the formation of blood clots. (this last part is really important as thrombosis, which is the abnormal formation of blood clots, is a leading cause of heart attack and stroke).
Green tea contains compounds called catechins, which protect the vascular system by promoting antioxidative, anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, and lipid lowering effects.
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Matcha — good matcha I should say — is made entirely from the young, upper leaves of the Camellia sinensis, which are stone ground until a fine powder is formed. Unlike loose leaf tea, matcha powder is whisked into hot water, so the entire leaf is consumed, carrying with it more antioxidants, nutrients and caffeine than normal tea. With the growing international demand for matcha, lower quality varieties have become more prevalent, so here's a guide that summarises the qualities of good matcha.
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