I simply wanted to try baking with matcha, since it has been awhile. It is one of my all time favorite colors. I mean, just look at it! Isn’t that color just amazing?!
Nothing too difficult, but maybe next time, I’ll try a yeast bread.
There are lovely, lovely baked goods of all sorts online.
I decided to make this recipe, with a minor modification of doubling it and adding white chocolate chips, pine nuts.
I hope you enjoy!
matcha green tea loaf
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 Tablespoons matcha green tea powder
1 and 1/3 cups granulated or caster sugar
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs, separated
1 cup sour cream
2/3 cup pine nuts
2/3 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan and line bottom with parchment, letting it hang out on two sides. Set aside. (I used an narrower but longer pan than a 9 by 5 pan, but the volume was the same, which affected the baking time.)
Sift and whisk together in a bowl, the flour, salt, baking powder, and matcha. Set aside.
In another bowl, cream the sugar and butter, until light and fluffy, then add the vanilla, and mix until incorporated. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, until completely incorporated.
Alternate between adding on low speed the flour/matcha mixture with the sour cream, starting with the flour, in thirds, and adding the sour cream in two, half additions. Be careful not to over mix.
Scatter the white chocolate chips and pine nuts on top and set aside. You’ll be folding in the chips and nuts when you fold in the egg whites.
With another clean bowl and beaters, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks, using a medium speed to build the egg whites slowly. Fold in one third of the stiff whites, first, then the rest of the whites. Nuts and chips to be folded in while folding in the whites.
Smooth out top with the back of a spoon or use a small offset spatula. Place pan on a baking sheet and move to the middle rack of the heated oven. Baking for about 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick test comes out clean in the middle.