Perhaps it’s the Asian in me but I love green tea in every possible form. Hot green tea at the end of a heavy meal; iced green tea to accompany a rather heavier meal… Green tea lattes and frappes… Green tea ice-cream, green tea froyo… Green tea macarons, green tea mochi… Green tea tiramisu, green tea cheesecake…
It does really well in baked goods because it has great depth of flavor and the slight bitterness means that the end result is never too sweet.
One of my friends, I, would have nothing to do with green tea. And that made me sad. Because, as I have said, green tea makes me feel ERGBQPERUTPIWGEUBIVUWEBIREUQBGIWEBVIUWT. But I made this for I, and it changed her mind.
- 2 cups plain flour
- 2 tablespoons matcha (green tea powder)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 225g unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups caster sugar
- 5 large eggs, beaten
- Pinch of salt
- Combine flour, matcha, baking powder and salt. Sift.
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat the eggs in gradually but DO NOT over-beat.
- Fold in sifted dry ingredients.
- Bake at 160°C, fan-forced, for… as long as it takes to get cooked hahaha. Very hard to say because all ovens are different and it depends on what cake-tin you are using. BUT I usually bake a loaf cake for anywhere between 45-55mins, and about 17mins for cupcakes.
*watch it though, and make sure it doesn’t get too brown on the top – you may have to tent it with foil
- 115g unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1-2 cups icing sugar (very much a matter of taste)
- 2-4 tsps matcha (also a matter of taste)
- 285g cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Sift the icing sugar and matcha together.
- Beat the butter, icing sugar and matcha together.
- Beat in the vanilla extract.
- Add in the cream cheese and beat until smooth.
“In brief, since I do purpose to marry, I will think nothing to any purpose that the world can say against it; and therefore never flout at me for what I have said against it; for man is a giddy thing, and this is my conclusion.”
And so, borrowing from Shakespeare, I leave it to you: if you are anti-matcha and do decide to make this, and end up falling in love (belatedly) with His Royal Greenness, I will forgive you for your past transgressions and promise not to hold anything bad you may have said about it in the past against you, because men are impulsive and frivolous, and that is my conclusion.
Or, if Mumford is more your thing than Shakespeare, maybe this is more up your street:
Oh, man is a giddy thing.
Love it will not betray you
Dismay or enslave you, it will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be
There is a design, an alignment, a cry
Of my heart to see,
The beauty of love as it was made to be
Alright, that was just depressing.
In an attempt to end this post off on a much more ERGBQPERUTPIWGEUBIVUWEBIREUQBGIWEBVIUWT note, speaking of Mumford brings to mind fun timez when my friend abbreviated Mumford as M&S, and said “I’m going to M&S in Glastonbury”, and I was so, so confused, so I responded incredulously with, “Can’t you go to one closer by you???”