A background on Matcha, Matcha green tea is a stone ground Japanese-style green tea. It is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. During shaded growth, the plant camellia sinensis produces more theanine and caffeine, accounting for the calm energy people might feel from drinking matcha.
Well, I do sound very knowledgeable don’t I? Hehe, because it was entirely quoted from Wikipedia! You can try going Wikipedia to check out more information about Matcha, such as its production and preparation.
Before you order or buy any matcha green tea for matcha baking recipes read this! Take note that just like other grounded tea leaves, the quality of tea leaves can result in different qualities. As such, with the differing qualities, it will definitely cause a difference in price. Please do not get high grades matcha powders for baking as they turn out almost the same ( highly similar ) more or less. The amount you have to pay more for every unit gram of matcha you’re paying will not be worth it since it turns out extremely similar afterall. So in order to make matcha baking recipes more economical for home bakers like you and I, let’s just stick to the cooking / culinary grade of matcha green tea powder, which is one of the cheapest relatively, and still packs the adequate flavour of the amazing matcha.
I always love matcha recipes also because of the health benefits of Matcha. I mean, honestly, desserts that we bake are usually unhealthy.
The best part? The matcha, besides being a star of these matcha blondies, tastes extremely pleasant with chocolate. You won’t find it a chore at all to eat these health food infused blondies. Yes, I feel you that healthiness is most often associated with being lacking in flavour or disgusting. Well, first of all, these blondies are not exactly healthy. Next, these matcha blondies only serves to add some matcha into your diet. So fret not, it still tastes like a normal blondie, but just take it that it’s matcha flavoured!
A disclaimer would be that I have a lot of difficulty naming this recipe. Should I name it a blondie because it is one, or should I name it a brownie because it looks like one? Well there are also other reasons why I wanted to name it a Chocolate Matcha Brownie instead. Although it does not contain any cocoa powder or chocolates in its batter ( except the folded in chocolate chips ), its entire structure and texture resembles brownies. They’re just green brownies!