Monday, January 16, 2012

Matcha/Green Tea

So I've noticed a few neat trends lately.

  • Pies
  • Buttercream cakes
  • Fondue
  • Strawberries
  • Green tea cakes
  • Roulades
Basically, all things that are good. But the neat thing about these trends is how fun it is to be on Tumblr and see all the beautiful pictures people are taking of the creations. I've decided to look into Green tea today.

They say that it was discovered about 4000 years ago in China. It has really nifty health benefits, and it's tasty. I personally love Matcha, which is the superfine powdered/pounded-into-a-powder green tea stuff. You can use matcha for lots of neat things; the Japanese use it in their very intricate and beautiful Tea Ceremonies. Here's a few neat things that I've found on my Tumblr dashboard. By the way, if you're wondering where my Tumblr is, then...well there.

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Matcha raspberry cake

Chocolate cake with matcha frosting

Anyway, matcha is becoming more and more trendy nowadays. I see it especially at school! As a matter of fact, a friend of mine, Andrionna, was in my class finishing up some things for her capstone project. She was doing a beautiful Japanese-inspired course with croquembouches and a matcha cake. I remember seeing the beautiful and vibrant green color and thinking to myself:

"Nature did that. We don't need colorful, fake dyes. We can make rainbows using what's naturally here!"

Not for snorting
Okay it probably wasn't as verbose, but it was definitely along those lines. The flavor is both light and sweet. The color is dazzling. Like somebody took emeralds and ground them up and infused them with sunshine to make it taste better. Does that make any sense?

Despite what you may think of tea and green teas, Matcha has this beautiful mellow, semi-sweet taste that's near-perfect for desserts. Ready for some more pretty pictures? I am!

More matcha frosting

Matcha roulade cake

Green tea ice cream

Matcha latte(like Mocha latte...only not)

"Sushi" cake


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If you're feeling inspired, check out Hungry Rabbit for this Matcha Dacquoise cake! (Not only is it delicious, but it is full of antioxidants, which is good in this day and age. It's a little labor-intensive, but it's lovely to look at!