Japanese green tea, or matcha, has a characteristic flavor that is not only popular in Japan but all over the world.
It is traditionally brewed in tea ceremonies; however, many people also brew it to drink at home on a regular basis.
The slightly sweet, bitter, and earthy flavor incorporates well into desserts and other recipes beyond just the tea itself, and making these recipes with your family can be a fun and engaging way to strengthen your relationships.
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5 matcha recipes to try with your family
Any of your favorite cake recipes can be livened up with the bright and refreshing flavor of matcha green tea.
Simply add some matcha powder to your dry ingredients before incorporating the wet ingredients. Here is one great recipe, but don’t be afraid to experiment with your own favorites.
Matcha ice cream
Simply make a paste out of your matcha powder to add to your sweetened cream mixture and pour it into an ice cream maker. Kids will love to see the liquid turn into ice cream in just a couple of hours.
Matcha infused rice
Not all matcha-infused recipes have to be desserts. This rice recipe takes advantage of the more savory notes that matcha tea has to offer.
Cooking sushi rice with matcha powder will infuse the earthy flavor into the fragrant rice, making a nutritious meal that kids will love because of the fun green color.
Add veggies, fish, or meat, or simply garnish with nori and scallions.
Matcha madeleines are the perfect cross between a crisp cookie and a soft cake.
These treats for children and adults alike get their shapes from a specialized baking tray, but you can make this recipe in a small muffin tin or any kind of small mold.
Mochi is a classic Japanese rice flour cake that pairs perfectly with the flavor of matcha tea.
The rice flour creates the classic bounce, while coconut milk and matcha powder sweeten the delicious dessert. Kids will love the chewy texture, and adults will enjoy this simple process.
Strengthening your relationships
Making time for your family can be difficult when you are busy or have many other things going on. Many families struggle to bond because they are so busy with work, school, or household chores.
This is why creating delicious recipes together can be a great way to strengthen your relationships. Not only are you spending quality time together, but you are also teaching your children about Japanese culture, helping them learn important skills, and using the time wisely to create a meal.
Incorporating a new or unique ingredient like matcha tea can make the cooking or baking process more engaging for everyone involved and bring the family together in a wonderful way.
About the Author
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest in and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.