A New Spin On Holiday Sweets With Matcha

by Mariana McConnell on December 10, 2009

trio-matcha-chocolate-pots-de-cremeThe holidays are the season for baked goods and desserts. Cookies, cakes, tarts, pies – they’re inexpensive, easy to make, and loved by everyone. Do you know a single person that would turn down a tin of homemade holiday cookies or a moist Christmas cake? I sure don’t!

This holiday season, give a new spin to your traditional holiday sweets by adding matcha green tea to the ingredient list. The vivid green color presents beautifully, while the unique taste of matcha pairs well with traditional holiday spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg.

green-tea-sweet-cookieFinely ground matcha incorporates beautifully with many consistencies of batter and dairy-based starters. We’ve compiled a list of easy-to-make holiday-appropriate matcha recipes that’ll dazzle everyone at your holiday party.

Matcha Shortbread Cookies – With only 6 ingredients, these simple matcha shortbread cookies are a snap to make. Even Santa may want a bite of these. Check out the recipe here (http://www.lovescool.com/archives/2007/05/15/best-bakery-recipe-finalist/).

matcha-strawberry-cupcakesMatcha Cupcakes - Everyone loves cupcakes. You can use matcha in the cake and icing, or mix it up by pairing  matcha cake with red icing for a colorful look, like with these matcha strawberry cupcakes (http://www.sweetestkitchen.com/2009/06/matcha-strawberry-cupcakes/).

Matcha Roll Cake – Roll cakes are festive creations that are traditionally enjoyed during the holidays. They’re basically airy cakes baked in a flat plan and rolled around a creamy filling. Adding matcha to either cake or filling (or both!) is a cool way to introduce new tastes during your holiday gatherings. Check out a Japanese recipe here (http://www.hibiki-an.com/product_info.php/cPath/24/products_id/421). 

Pots de Creme with Matcha – Two great things that go better together: matcha and chocolate. This clever recipe is ideal for an impressive holiday dessert. Impress your guests with silky mini-custards in three delicious flavors – milk, dark, and white chocolate. Sprinkle matcha over the top for a bright and festive look. Find the recipe here (http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-matcharec13a-2009may13,0,2729633.story).

Matcha Cheesecake – We’ve saved the best for last. Everyone loves a cheesecake, even the Japanese. However, their version is a little fluffier and more delicate than the standard American cheesecake. The addition of matcha green tea powder lends a subtle sweetness to the confection. This recipe calls for a buttery shortbread crust (http://www.recipezaar.com/Japanese-Style-Matcha-Cheesecake-With-Shortbread-Crust-216911)

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