Have you ever tried baking with Matcha tea? If not, you’re in for a colourful treat. You’ve likely heard of this beautiful jade super-food as it’s become quite popular in recent years, however, matcha tea dates back to 13th century Japan! Not only is matcha tea perfect for sipping, it has many great uses in the kitchen.
There are three main grades of matcha tea: ceremonial, premium and culinary. Culinary grade matcha tea is clumpier, less vibrant, and tastes more subtle, whereas, ceremonial and premium grades are bright green, very fine and taste strongly of green tea.
Because ceremonial matcha is quite expensive, it often leads us home bakers to resort to a culinary and/or premium grade to impart both flavour and colour without breaking the bank. While culinary grade is usually sufficient, it should be noted that ceremonial and premium grades will provide a very brilliant green colour to your finished baked goods…it’s worth it if you ask us!
Also, it’s best to sift matcha before use, especially if you opt for a culinary grade.
So, why bake with Matcha tea?
- Flavour – green tea is not for everyone, but if you happen to love the taste, matcha is an easy way to add depth of flavour to your baked good. It’s quite earthy and easily pairs with vanilla, ginger, chocolate and lemon flavoured baked goods.
- Color– skip the artificial colouring agents and use matcha tea to add a natural pop of green colour to cookies, cakes, frostings or glazes. A little goes a long way.
- Nutritional content– There is some scientific evidence to suggest that matcha tea is high in very antioxidants due to its higher levels of chlorophyll. [Whether these antioxidants stand up to high temperature of baking is not determined, though].
- Interest – there’s something to be said for taking a simple recipe and giving it new life. You can easily add matcha power to your dry ingredients to transform your baked good into something new and different.
Now that you know the why, here are some of our favourite ways to use matcha tea in your everyday baking and desserts.
- Pie crust– sift in 1 tablespoon of matcha tea to your flour mixture before blending in the fat and water. Use 2 tablespoons for a double pie crust.
- Cookie dough – sift in a 2 tablespoons of matcha to your flour mixture for a standard size cookie recipe (24 cookies).
- Cake batter – sift in 1 tablespoon of matcha for each layer of cake into your dry ingredients (2 layers=2 tablespoons).
- Granola – sift in 1-2 teaspoons of matcha to your granola mixture before adding wet ingredients.
- Frosting, Glaze & Garnish – 1 teaspoon of matcha sifted into powdered sugar glazes will provide a beautiful green colour. Opt for Premium grade matcha here if you can. As a simple garnish, sift a tablespoon of matcha over your finished baked goods for colour and flavour.
- Pudding– whisk 1-2 teaspoons of matcha to the hot milk/alternative ingredients.
- Ice Cream – sift and stir in 2 teaspoons of matcha to 1 cup of milk/alternative, bring it to a slight simmer to infuse the milk, before adding it to the rest of the milk/alternative for freezing.
Want to try experimenting with Matcha? Try adding it to some of our favourite recipes: