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Thursday, May 24, 2007

抹茶 muffins

A few weeks ago, we went to a 子供の日 (Kodomo no hi) party. The host asked each guest to bring something to share. It was the perfect chance to try a new recipe - 抹茶 (matcha) muffins!

I have been meaning to make these for awhile, but I wanted to wait for just the right occasion. Making them for a family party, for example, wouldn't be ideal - I don't think most of my family members would find muffins made with green tea very appealing. And I didn't want to make them when only a few friends were coming over - then we would have to eat a lot of leftover muffins ourselves!

So 子供の日 was the right time. After I baked the muffins, they looked so... green! I decided they needed to be a little more pretty, so I added a touch of cream cheese frosting (but not too much!) and garnished them with a sprinkling of fresh tea leaves.

My attempt at culinary creativity!

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  • Hi, Ms.horizon!

    All look so yummy. I'm looking longingly at these pictures. I don't like too sweet things, so I'll be glad that matcha is widely used to make sweets to add them the little bit bitter and refreshing taste. But despite of my expectation, I recently happen to know on TV that the chocolate fountain machine is coming ìnto vogue now in the U.S. right? I can't even imagine how sweet the food items like strawberries or marshmallows dipped in it... Terrible!

    Talk to you soon.
    Take care!

    By Blogger bun, at 9:02 AM  

  • Hi bun-san,
    Yes I really like the contrast between the bitter taste of matcha and the sweetness of cakes. Although, I also don't mind the sweet combination of fruit and chocolate, as from the chocolate fountain... I have seen the fountain at a few weddings and parties. It is always a big attraction! Is it starting to gain popularity in Japan too?

    By Blogger v_horizon, at 10:18 PM  

  • Hi, Ms.horizon!

    No,it isn't. In the TV program I watched, an american lady who married with a Japanese guy were introducing the machine to her hasband's relatives at their age of 50-80 at her party. But I don't mean that the day won't come someday when it gains popurality here, because we rather like to eat the kinds of dipped stuff like Shabu-shabu, cheese fondu(put on the map a decade or so ago) or foods like that. So whatever for now, Japanese girls seem to me really into enjoying the yummiest sweets with the lowest carories. It is one of my greatest concerns for SOME reason haha.

    By Blogger bun, at 9:42 PM  

  • Hi bun-san,
    I think you're right... that machine is a novelty, so I'm sure it will have its time of popularity in Japan too! For now, I'm curious about what those yummy sweets with low calories are... sound good to me!

    By Blogger v_horizon, at 10:15 PM  

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