Mix and Matcha: Five Yummy Desserts With Green Tea Powder

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matcha cupcakes
Matcha Cupcakes
Matcha
-- also known as green tea powder -- has long been touted as a healthful alternative to coffee. After all, it's loaded with antioxidants -- 10 to 15 times the amount found in regular green tea bags -- which are thought to protect against cancer and heart disease.

Typically enjoyed as hot tea, matcha is also used as a dessert flavoring -- as you most certainly have noticed from the recent torrent of matcha smoothies, ice cream, cupcakes, and countless other sweets. Here are some of our favorite places to find matcha:

 

 

 

 

 

 

matcha cake rollsMatcha Cake: Matcha powder typically lends a lovely -- and natural! -- green color to most foods. Heather Baird from Sprinkle Bakes used it to color her adorable Matcha Cake Sushi Rolls. They look like the real thing!

 

 

 

 

 

chocolate matchaMatcha + Chocolate: Matcha has a wonderfully clean, complex, and delicate bitter flavor that pairs particularly well with sweeteners -- especially chocolate. It's only a matter of time before matcha truffles make their way into candy stores all over the nation.

 

 

 

matcha cheesecakeMatcha Cheesecake: Turns out matcha is the perfect way to jazz up an ordinary cheesecake. This dessert is becoming more ubiquitous -- especially in Japanese fusion restaurants. I like mine with a chocolate brownie crust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

matcha macaronsMatcha Macarons: East meets West in these Japanese tea-flavored French confections -- talk about combining two food trends in one! I love the idea of filling them with chocolate butter cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

matcha donutsMatcha Donut: Matcha in donuts? I'm not sure if that's the really the best idea, but, hey, I'll try anything once.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever cooked with matcha?


Image via bossacafez/Flickr; Chocolate Reviews/Flickr; lovejanine/Flickr;  bossacafez/Flickr; telepathicgeorge/Flickr

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RanaA... RanaAurora

YUM.  Best food post ever.

Cafe PJB Cafe PJB

Not a dessert, but Green Tea Margaritas are beyond delicious.  (If you're in NYC you can get 'em at Amber - there's a few locations).  The rest of this sounds delish too!

clean... cleanaturalady

I don't really like green desserts, I am not sure why.  It could taste perfectly wonderful, but I just can't get past the green-ness of it.  I do drink green tea, though.  Green mint tea is really good.  No sugar or milk though, just plain.

momof... momof3angela

I have not but I think that's going to change:)))

MTNes... MTNester1

I have a good green tea ice cream recipe.  Looks like I need to widen my repertoire though. 

briar... briarraindancer

I'm gonna have to find a recipe for those matcha macarons. (And I totally agree with chocolate buttercream filling.) Yummy.

frysh... fryshannon34

I have never even heard of matcha

maine... mainemusicmaker

Never used it, but after this post it's quite likely I will!

Sultr... SultryLadyBug

No I never cooked with it but im tempted to make some icecream with it.

Carey... Carey2006

No but it sounds interesting!

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