Matcha is a green tea that looks somewhat like hallucinogenic green cocoa, and is drunk whole rather than steeped and has a strong oceanic vegetal taste with a very sweet aftertaste. Due to the fact that it is drunk whole, this tea has at least 3 times the antioxidant found in other green teas and several times that found in a glass of orange juice.
Matcha is also said to boost metabolism and help reduce cholesterol levels when it is drunk regularly. It is a very versatile drink and can be had hot or cold, sweetened or unsweetened.
It goes particularly well with dairy and can even be used as an ingredient in a variety of foods ranging from cakes and ice creams to scones and cookies, which brings us to what we will be doing today.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Green tea cake
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
Matcha is a powdered green tea made by grinding high quality tea leaves. Although the process of making and consuming powdered green tea was originally invented in China a long time ago, it was in Japan that the process was converted into a fine art. Even now Japanese matchas are considered the finest and the Ceremonial grade of Matcha (Matcha Gold) is used in prestigious tea ceremonies.
The use of matcha has skyrocketed in popularity lately due to its unique taste and myriad health benefits, with matcha shots, lattes, teas, and even desserts appearing everywhere from health stores to coffee shops. Therefore, we have an amazing recipe for a Matcha Latte you can have hot or cold!
Matcha contains the nutrients from the entire tea leaf, which results in a greater amount of caffeine and antioxidants than typically found in other green tea. Studies of matcha have shown its components have a variety of benefits, showing that it can help protect the liver, promote heart health, and even aid in weight loss.
- 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
- Sweetener to taste
- 3 tbsp warm water
- 250ml cold milk or 300ml hot milk (For vegans, use a barista version of you favorite plant milk)
How To Prepare
- Spoon the Matcha and the sweetener(if using) into a mug or cup.
- Add the warm water and mix with a spoon until it is a smooth dark green paste to ensure no lumps form.
- Warm the milk in a small saucepan and pour into the mug until nearly full. Use cold milk for an iced latte.
- Use a whisk to mix the paste and milk together until frothy and smooth.
- If you so wish, you can add a few sprinkles