Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Easy Matcha Bubble Tea

Long time, no update! Wow, I can't believe August had gotten this busy! Well, anyways, I always wanted to try to make bubble tea. So here is my rendition of one. Tapioca pearls are amazingly simple to prepare (and cheap to buy!!), pre-made matcha syrup mixed with milk and a giant straw make this almost ridiculously easy. So go ahead and try it!

Ingredients (for 1 drink):

1 1/2 tablespoons uncooked tapioca pearls
1 serving concentrate matcha syrup (or any flavor of tea or coffee you want)
milk and ice according to concentrates directions
1 giant bubble tea straw

1. Boil 2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Add the tapioca pearls and reduce heat. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2. Add matcha syrup to glass and mix with milk according to directions.
3. Gently add tapioca pearls.
4. Add ice and straw.
5. Enjoy!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Review: Matcha & Chocolate Swirl Cake Recipe

I am reviewing a recipe that one of my awesome friends sent me via FB. The original recipe is posted Nibble Dish by Winnie and this recipe is yummy! The Matcha and Chocolate Swirl Cake is pretty straight forward, anyone can make this recipe. A major problem that I had with this recipe was the lack of salt. I'm from the mindset that every recipe needs a little bit of salt, so I added 1/4 teaspoon to my recipe. So I did modify the recipe a tad. Another issue that I came across was the dump method of mixing, I think it would be easier actually to mix the wet ingredients first and then mix with the dry ingredients.

All in all, these are quite good! Winnie does state it well, you really should eat these with some milk or unadorned tea because they are a little sweet but oh so good~

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Morinaga Matcha Caramel

Wow time goes by so fast! These past two weeks have been a blur... School's been a little busy, my daughter is becoming more busy and this blog has been on the back burner... But not forgotten!! The other day, my Japanese ex-boyfriend sent some matcha caramels. Morinaga Matcha Caramels have a rich matcha flavor, but are not creamy, maybe because matcha powder has a tendency to make things a little dry. So these are a little dry.

I wouldn't classify these as an indulgence, so they may be good when on a diet. All in all tasty but not my favorite. 3/5 stars

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Matcha Marble Pound Cake

Lately, I've been stressed out because of school and life in general, so I've been baking up a storm. Mostly experimenting but this cake is a hit! I originally found the recipe on a different blog that marbled the matcha part with a white chocolate batter. I thought I'd like to try it without it. This is really tasty, so try it for yourself!

Matcha Marble Pound Cake:

recipe adapted from the www.latarinegourmande.com's "White Chocolate and Matcha Tea Marbled Cake" recipe.

Ingredients for 1 small loaf:

Butter                      120 grams
Eggs                          3 large
Sugar                         150 grams
All-Purpose Flour     180 grams
Baking Soda                1 teaspoon
Salt                           A pinch of Salt
Matcha                       1.5 Tablespoons
Pure Vanilla Extract      1 teaspoon

Preheat oven to 350 F

1. Melt butter.
2. Beat together eggs and sugar until light white in color with a mixer.
3. Shift together the flour and baking soda. Add this gradually to the egg mixture manually with a whisk.
4. Add the butter and salt. Thou roughly mix.
5. Divide batter in 1/3 and 2/3.
6. Add the matcha powder to 1/3. Add the vanilla extract to the other.
7. Grease the small loaf pan and add half of the vanilla mixture.
8. Pour the matcha batter on top and cover with remaining vanilla batter.
9. Take a fork or knife and slide through the pan in order to create the "marbled" effect.
10. Bake in over for about 50 minutes or a inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Let the cake cool for 10 minutes and remove it from the pan. You can enjoy this cake with tea or coffee or some milk. A friend told me that this would go good with ice cream. Maybe matcha ice cream??

Monday, July 19, 2010

Matcha Pudding.

Honestly, I really didn't like this recipe. Maybe because the original author labeled it as a "diet recipe." Anyhoo, I think someone may like it because it really is plain and has a strong matcha flavor. But I did like it a lot more when I topped it with ice cream! I should also mention that this isn't really a pudding as most Americans think of pudding. I would classify it closer to "Jell-o" or jelly.

Matcha Pudding

recipe translated and modified from the original: http://cookpad.com/recipe/882212

Ingredients for 4 small bowls or cups

Whole Milk     500cc
Matcha Powder   2 tablespoons
Sugar               40 grams
Gelatin              10 grams or about 2 packets
Water                3 tablespoons

1. Soften the gelatin with the water and set aside.
2. In a small saucepan,  heat half of the milk, all of the sugar and matcha powder until hot. Stir continually.
3. Add the gelatin mixture and disolve.
4. Take off the heat and add remaining milk and stir.
5. Pour into cups or bowls and refrigerate until firm.

Enjoy whipped cream or ice cream!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Review: Indigo Tea Company

 Indigo Tea Company is by far one of my favorite cafe's South of the River. For one there is no coffee in sight. Two, the atmosphere is great. The owners are super friendly and helpful. I go at least once a week for a little indulgence of their Chai Tea Latte. I really like their wide selection of loose leaf teas, different tea beverages and bubble teas. That being said, the food isn't too great, mostly just baked goods. Sometimes they have Asian goodies. If you are in the neighborhood (or just want to try it!), I definitely recommend this store!

Indigo Tea Co.
1501 Riverwood Drive
Burnsville, MN 55337

Hours: Mon-Sat 9am to 6pm and Sundays 10am to 5pm

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Houji-cha Tea Latte

Yet again, my good friend Natsuki informed me of a good recipe! Apparently, the Japanese Startbucks has a new tea latte, the Houji-cha Tea Latte. For those who don't know what houji-cha is, it's a roasted green tea, that has a very earthy aroma and taste. I was surprised that this goes well with a little sugar and milk.

Houji-cha Tea Latte For One

Water   80 cc
Houji-cha  2 teaspoons
Milk     180cc
Sugar  1 teaspoon (or to taste)


1. Boil water and steep houji-cha for one minute.
2.Mix together milk and sugar and bring to an almost boil.
3.Remove strain houji-cha leaves into a mug.
4. Stir in milk and froth a little if you want to.

I added a little more sugar and it was too sweet for me, so I think a little sugar goes a long way in this latte.