The origins of matcha can be traced all the way back to the Tang Dynasty in China between the 7th – 10th centuries. It exploded on the scene in the USA in 2015 and quickly went from an ancient ceremonial tea to trendy health beverage, the matcha latte. In the years since, matcha recipes have made their way into savory dishes and desserts alike. Today we are sharing 15 Amazing Matcha Desserts from a few of our matcha-loving food blogger friends. They call for readily available ingredients, are easy to prepare, no special equipment, most don't even require a stand mixer! We hope these matcha dessert recipes will inspire you to go green!
Matcha powder is made from green tea leaves. In general, there are three main categories of matcha: ceremonial grade matcha, culinary grade matcha, and ingredient grade. Ceremonial grades are from Ichibancha or (first harvest) leaves, have a smoother flavor suitable for traditional preparation as tea (just mixed with hot water and whisked), and are more expensive. Ceremonial grade matcha is not recommended for baking as it lacks flavor and can be covered up by other flavors in the dish.
Matcha and red bean paste pair beautifully together, especially in Japanese desserts. The combination of the earthy, slightly bitter matcha and the sweetness of red bean paste creates a very complex flavor.
Please enjoy our 15 Amazing Matcha Desserts
Flavor: matcha is an easy way to add green tea flavor to your baked goods. It's quite earthy and easily pairs with vanilla, ginger, chocolate, and lemon-flavored baked goods.
Color: skip the artificial coloring agents and use matcha tea to add a natural pop of green color to cookies, cakes, frostings, or glazes.
Matcha has a uniquely earthy flavor sometimes compared to spinach. It is rich and smooth, and depending on how it is prepared, can have a bitter aftertaste. The better the quality of matcha powder you use, the better the taste.
This trendy green tea powder will definitely pique your curiosity. That said, matcha is an acquired taste. If you've never had it before, you will likely not love it the first time you try it. The grassy, almost spinach-like flavor is best enjoyed cold with a sweetener to tame the earthiness.
Keep an eye out for recipes for matcha panna cotta, matcha madeleines, green tea cake, matcha shortbread cookies, matcha macarons, matcha green tea ice cream, matcha truffles, matcha pound cake, soft matcha cookies, buttery matcha cookies, matcha sponge cake, and many more!
We hope you found a few decadent matcha desserts in our to add to your recipe collection. Special occasions require sweet desserts. Why not surprise everyone with a beautiful, vibrant green, show-stopping dessert!
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