Magical Matcha and How to Use it

So, disclaimer guys, Matcha green tea is not actually magical – but recently I found out that it may as well be! Probably like most of you, I had never heard of this fancy-pants super drink, but when the lovely lot at Teapigs sent me some over to try, my world expanded a teeny tiny bit. Matcha is 100% natural ground green tea leaves, and because it’s ground, all of the health benefits of normal green tea are super concentrated. Admittedly, I haven’t been drinking it long enough to report on long-term benefits, but I’m pretty darn happy to be taken in by these stats (follow to ‘Matcha Challenge’), as I’m sure you can agree they’re impressive! The other benefit to the green tea leaves being in powder form is that Matcha isn’t limited to just enjoying in hot water – read on to see just a few of the many ways you can get your daily dose of Matcha!

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Matcha Cookies

These babies are the really chewy kind of cookie, and are perfect for freezing so that they keep their just-baked softness for longer. You could see the green-tinge as a negative, or you could enjoy the health-freak feeling it gives you when you pack a giant cookie in your packed lunch…

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100g butter

100g sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

150g plain flour

1 teaspoon of Matcha

1 teaspoon baking soda

Method: Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric whisk. Melt the butter for 20 seconds in the microwave if it’s proving too stiff. Add the egg and vanilla extract and combine. Next, in a separatebowl combine the flour, Matcha and baking soda, then add to the main bowl of ingredients and mix. The mix should be somewhere between a dough and cake mix. Line a baking tray with foil, and grease too if you’re feeling exta-cautious. Make cookie sized dollops on the tray, using about two tables spoons of mix for each. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 200°, then take out, leave to cool, and enjoy! 

Matcha Fairy Cakes

This is simply a classic fairy cake recipe with some added green goodness. If you fancy getting creative then why not add some desiccated coconut, raisins or chocolate chips!

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100g butter

100g sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

100g self-raising flour

1 teaspoon Matcha

200g icing sugar

2 drops of water

green food colouring (if you fancy going all out on the green theme)

Method: (I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you how to make fairy cakes, but here goes…) Cream the butter and sugar together with a whisk. Beat the eggs in a mug with a fork, add the vanilla extract then gradually stir into the butter and sugar mix. Mix in the flour and Matcha until fully combined. Spoon into cases and put in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 180°. Do the fork test then once it’s done, leave to cool fully before icing. Once cool, mix the icing sugar, water and food colouring and pour over the fairy cakes. You could leave it at this, or you could knock yourself out with sprinkles, sweets or edible glitter!

Matcha Latte

This is more of an idea than a recipe, because I’m pretty sure 1/2 a teaspoon of Matcha and frothy hot milk doesn’t count as a recipe! Add sugar or honey for some extra sweetness, and enjoy!

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 *I was sent the teapigs matcha for blogging purposes. This does not effect my honest opinion.

4 Comments

    • Emily
      Author
      July 3, 2015 / 9:04 pm

      It is quite strong which is why I enjoy baking with it so much, you get all the sugar too!

  1. August 19, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    I haven’t tried Matcha before, but I’ll have one of those Matcha cookies and a Matcha latte to go please haha. Looks like I need to get myself some Matcha tea.

    xx Izzy | Qthee

    • Emily
      Author
      August 25, 2015 / 12:42 pm

      Haha you so should, it really is so versatile! I like to think it makes cookies a superfood…

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