We’re kicking off our Sweet Series of Tasting Notes with one of our all-time favorites, the Decaf Chocolate Hazelnut!
photo credit: Pastry Affair
If you have an ice cream maker here’s a recipe from Pastry Affiar you must try this summer! Smooth, creamy matcha green tea flavor with a hint of coconut. Yummy! Even more delectable topped with toasted almonds.
We recommend using Stash Tea Japanese Matcha Powdered Green Tea.
Through June 30, 2012 Stash Tea Matcha is on SALE for $12 (reg. $18)!
Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream
Yields 1 quart
14 ounces coconut milk
1 cup heavy cream
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons matcha powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
toasted almonds, garnish
In a large blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
Freeze mixture in ice cream maker, following the manufacturer’s instructions. When the ice cream has finished churning, it will be relatively soft. Store the ice cream in an airtight plastic container in the freezer. Allow to freeze for at least 2-3 hours before serving. Top with toasted almonds, if desired.
photo credit: Hummingbird on High
We thought this was so cute and loved that they used Stash Tea so we just had to share!
Note: this recipe adapted by Hummingbird on High is for high-altitude baking at 5,000 ft. To bake at sea level, read the notes in the ingredients list and instructions carefully.Hummingbird Bakery Green Tea Cupcakes Recipe
For the Chocolate-Green Tea Cake Base:
(makes 10 - 12 cupcakes)
1/2 cup whole milk
3 green tea bags (We recommend Stash Tea Premium Green.)
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (for sea-level, reduce to 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon)
2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
a scant 3/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder (for sea-level, increase to 1 1/2 teaspoons)
a pinch of salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 egg, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Green Tea Buttercream Frosting:
(enough for 12 cupcakes)
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder (We recommend Stash Tea Matcha.)
2 tablespoons whole milk
To Make the Cupcakes:
Put 1/2 cup milk and 3 green tea bags in a liquid measuring cup, cover, and refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight if possible.
Preheat the oven to 350 (F); for sea-level, preheat the oven to 325 (F).
Put the 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour*, 2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa, 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder*, pinch of salt, and 3 tablespoons butter in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat on slow speed until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.
Remove the green tea bags from the infused milk and strain into the measuring cup.
Combine the milk with 1 egg and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla; whisk the mixture together.
Slowly pour half the milk/egg/vanilla mixture, beating well until all the ingredients are well mixed. Turn the mixer up to high speed and beat to make sure there are no lumps.
Turn the mixture down to medium-slow and slowly pour in the remaining milk mixture, scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the batter is smooth.
Spoon the batter into paper cases lined in a muffin tin until each case is two-thirds full. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 - 25 minutes, or until the cake bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the center of a cupcake should come out clean.
Let the cupcakes cool slightly in the pan before turning out into a wire rack to cool completely. When the cupcakes are cold, spoon Green Tea Buttercream Frosting (recipe follows) on top and decorate accordingly.
To Make the Frosting:
Beat together 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 5 tablespoons butter, and 2 1/2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.
Turn the mixer down to a slower speed, and slowly pour in 2 tablespoons whole milk.
When the milk is completely incorporated, turn the mixer up to high speed. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes.
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Looking for the perfect dessert for a Memorial Day Weekend get-together? Check out this easy Strawberry Matcha Trifle + iced tea brewing tips and other great recipes in our Pitcher-Perfect Summer Guide! Read it now.
photo credit: Snixy Kitchen
If you love chamomile, you simply must try this cookie recipe from Snixy Kitchen! Chamomile, lemon and honey make an amazing flavor combination for a fresh and light springtime cookie. Be warned though…these cookies are GOOD and won’t last long!
Makes about 50 cookies
2¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
5 chamomile tea bags or 4 tablespoons loose leaf tea
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of 2 large lemons
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
6 tablespoons honey
½ cup sugar for rolling cookies
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
If using loose leaf tea bags, food process the chamomile tea until it is fine. I also sifted it through a strainer to get rid of any larger pieces that wouldn’t grind.
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, finely ground tea, and salt in a medium bowl.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg, vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice, and honey.
Slowly add the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.
Drop teaspoon-sized balls of dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet about an inch apart.
Bake 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned.
photo credit: Honey & Jam
Tea-infused frosting and candied lemons put the finishing touches on this springtime lemon cake from Honey & Jam. This lovely dessert would be perfect with a cup of tea for your upcoming Mother’s Day celebration!
Perfect Party Cake
from "Baking: From My Home To Yours" by Dorie Greenspan
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups whole milk or buttermilk
4 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract
Center a rack in the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 9-x-2-inch round cake pans and line the bottom of each pan with a round of buttered parchment or wax paper. Put the pans on a baking sheet.
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Whisk together the milk and egg whites in a medium bowl. Put the sugar and lemon zest in a mixer bowl or another large bowl and rub them together with your fingers until the sugar is moist and fragrant.
Add the butter and, working with the paddle or whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat at medium speed for a full 3 minutes, until the butter and sugar are very light. Beat in the extract, then add one third of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed.
Beat in half of the milk-egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated. Add the rest of the milk and eggs, beating until the batter is homogeneous, then add the last of the dry ingredients.
Divide the batter between the two pans and smooth the tops with a rubber spatula.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the cakes are well risen and springy to the tough – a thin knife inserted into the centers should come out clean.
Transfer the cakes to cooling racks and cool for about 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cakes, unmold them and peel off the paper liners. Invert and cool to room temperature right side up.
While still warm, poke each layer all over with a fork, and pour over lemon glaze (recipe follows). When cool, frost cake with black tea frosting & garnish with candied lemon slices.Lemon Glaze
1/4 cup sugar
3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
In a small bowl, combine the sugar and lemon juice, stir with a fork.Black Tea Frosting
2 large egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/3 cup strongly brewed black tea
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup strongly brewed black tea
Beat egg whites in a mixing bowl until foamy & thick, they should mound, but not peak.
In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cream of tartar, black tea & salt. Bring to a boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes, or until a candy thermometer reads 242 degrees F and all sugar is dissolved. Begin beating the egg whites again and slowly pour in boiling sugar syrup in a slow steam. Continue to beat on high for 7 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
Add 1/4 black tea by the tablespoon, beating after each addition.
Continue beating until frosting reaches desired consistency, about 2 minutes. Use immediately.Candied Lemon Slices
from Martha Stewart
1 large lemon
1 cup sugar
Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Using a mandoline or sharp knife, cut lemon into 12 paper-thin slices; discard seeds and ends of rind.
Bring a medium saucepan of water to a rolling boil. Remove from heat, and add lemon slices; stir until softened, about 1 minute. Drain, and immediately plunge slices into ice-water bath. Drain.
Bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a medium skillet, swirling to dissolve sugar. When liquid is clear and bubbling, reduce heat to medium-low. Add lemon slices, arranging them in one layer with tongs. Simmer (do not let boil) until rinds are translucent, about 1 hour.
Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment. Let stand until ready to serve.
Farfalle Italiane with Matcha Green Tea from Apron and Sneakers
Matcha Pancakes from Une-deux senses
Chewy Matcha Chip Cookies from Une-deux senses
Matcha Green Tea Sea Salt Cookies from CookingTackle
White Chocolate Green Tea Ice Cream by Mary Lou Heiss
Green Tea Cupcakes with Honey Frosting from Baked In
Matcha Green Tea Macarons from Yummy Workshop
Matcha au Lait Cheesecake from Evan’s Kitchen Ramblings
Matcha Strawberry Shortcake from Foodagraphy by Chelle
Matcha Mochi Cupcakes from Humble Bean
Green Tea Mille-Crêpes from Zen Can Cook
Chocolate Matcha Earl Grey Cake from Use Real Butter
Matcha Pasta: Step-by-Step from Gourmantine’s Blog
Matcha and Vanilla Mini Doughnuts from Bread et Butter
Matcha Tiramisu from Almost Bourdain
photo source: Baking Confessions
Chai lovers, if you have a cupcake craving, you’re in luck! This delightful recipe from Baking Confessions uses the contents of four chai tea bags to create sweet, spicy chai cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting.
Our recommendation: use Stash Double Spice Chai Black Tea for even more flavor!
Chai Cream Cupcake Recipe1¾ cups cake flour
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
4 Chai Spice tea bags
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, cut-up
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1½ tablespoons vanilla extract
Heat milk in microwave until hot (about 60-90 seconds). Steep 3 Chai tea bags in milk 10-15 minutes. While tea is steeping, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut open remaining tea bag and grind until fine. (I used my electric coffee grinder.) In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, sift together, flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and ground Chai tea; mix to combine. Add butter and mix until coated with flour.
Once tea has steeped, squeeze milk from tea bags and discard bags. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs, tea-steeped milk, and vanilla. Mixing at medium speed, slowly add wet ingredients, pausing to scrap the bowl a couple of times. Beat the batter until ingredients are thoroughly combined, being careful to not over beat.
Line cupcake pans with paper liners. Using a large scoop, fill each liner about two-thirds full. Bake until cake tester comes out clean, 18-22 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Makes about 24 cupcakes.Cream Cheese Frosting
2-8 ounces packages cream cheese at room temperature
1 stick (8 ounces) unsalted butter at room temperature
2 pounds sifted confectioners’ (powdered) sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Cinnamon for dusting
Cinnamon sticks for garnish
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and cream cheese until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add confectioners’ sugar until thoroughly incorporated and smooth. Add vanilla and mix to combine.
Once cupcakes have cooled, pipe cupcakes with frosting. Dust lightly with cinnamon and garnish with half of a cinnamon stick if desired.