The use of matcha in cooking is a wonderful trend that has spread throughout the world. Its use ranges from drinking to cooking in savory and sweet foods. Matcha adds a new dimension to recipes with its brilliant green color and earthy flavor. These muffins have the consistency of a cupcake without the mountain of frosting and butter. They have just a hint of green tea, while not being overly bitter. Chad is not the biggest fan of green tea, so the subtle flavor was perfect for him. Add a little more powder for a stronger taste.
Even Sophie (our Brittany mix) loved them. She managed to steal one off my plate and run under the bed before I could catch her. She has completely lost her manners ever since Evan started dropping food for her.
Matcha (MAHT-cha) is a powder created by grinding whole green tea leaves. It is most often known from the Japanese tea ceremony. While its use is most widespread in Japan, matcha actually originated in China. It is on the expensive side, especially for premium grades. Since less is more, it usually takes me a while to go through a jar (unless I go through a green tea kick and make a ton of recipes in a short time). There are various grades of matcha. The higher quality grades are made from the fine, new leaves from the very top of the Camellia sinensis tea bush. Use the premium grades for drinking, while the lower, culinary grades are fine to use in baking. Be careful in the storing of matcha. It can become stale and brownish when exposed to oxygen.
Matcha can be found in Asian markets, specialty tea shops, and online. Amazon has some culinary grades available: DoMatcha Organic 2nd Harvest Matchaand a little less expensive- SerendipiTea Matcha Culinary Grade, Organic Green Tea,
More information on Matcha and how it is made.
Green Tea Muffins
Adapted from Little Corner of Mine
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon matcha (green tea powder)
1 cup plain yogurt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup canola oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare muffin tins by lining with paper or lightly greasing.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and green tea powder.
Whisk in yogurt, eggs, vanilla extract, and oil. The batter should be smooth, without lumps. Pour the batter into each prepared muffin tin until 3/4 full.
Bake in preheated oven for about 25 minutes, until just starting to brown on edges or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before cooling completely on wire rack.