Tuesday, November 8, 2016

matcha (green tea powder) muffins: U.S. election day 2016

So i made some green tea muffins. this turned out to be olive green in color unlike the bright green colored muffins you and i see on the web. which make me (you) wonder: how do they do it? food color? photo editing? just bought the matcha powder so have no reason to think it's expired or going to expire soon. 

These tasted like your typical green tea (faint leafy, grassy) drink with a hint of vanilla. The sesame seeds and almonds added a nutty flavor to it. they also rose up nice and proud. love it with coffee, milk or-green tea!

To those in the United States and can vote: good luck to us, happy voting!


Makes 6 muffins or 12 cupcakes.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons matcha powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh milk 
2 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable (soy) oil
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Garnish/topping: 

sliced almonds
black or white sesame seeds
powdered sugar (optional)

Procedure:

1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line your muffin pan with muffin liners or rub/brush with cooking oil and sprinkle four; tap out excess flour. You can also spray with cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, combine all the dry ingredients; set aside.

3. In another medium or large bowl, whisk wet ingredients.

4. Slowly pour the dry mix over the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Do NOT overmix, lumps are okay.  

5. Fill each muffin mold with the batter at least 2/3-3/4 before it reaches the rim of the muffin liner or mold. It will rise up hence you do ot want it filled up to the rim. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced almonds as much-or less as you want.

6. Bake 10 minutes on 400° F then lower heat to 375° F and continue baking for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked towards bottom of muffin.

7. Leave in muffin pan for 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar before serving (optional).