Your family doesn't have to drink green tea to enjoy its health benefits. Now you can put green tea in food, thanks to the powdered version called matcha.
There's a bundle of recipes offered at MatchaSource.com, which also details the ways in which this Japanese supplement is so good for you. Youy can buy matcha online or at Whole Foods.
Matcha powder green tea cupcakes
Makes 2 dozen
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons matcha
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour cupcake pan.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter on high until soft, about 30 seconds. Add sugar. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3. Add eggs and egg yolks one at a time, beating for 30 seconds between each.
4. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt into a separate bowl, then add to batter and mix to combine.
5. Mix matcha and milk in a small bowl, then add to the batter and mix until combined. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
6. Remove from pan when cool.
1 tablespoon matcha
2 tablespoons light cream
1 stick butter, at room temperature
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
1. Mix matcha powder with cream to create a paste.
2. Beat butter in a bowl with an electric mixer briefly, scraping bowl. Add powdered sugar and matcha paste. Beat until smooth.
3. Spread frosting over the cupcakes and top with decorations.
-- compiled by June Naylor
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