Monday, March 17, 2014

Matcha Muffins for #MuffinMonday

These tender muffins are made with matcha or green tea powder, which can make muffins dry, but the buttermilk and butter add all the moisture needed to ensure great muffins.  

Happy Muffin Monday and happy St. Patrick’s Day from chilly Michigan! I’m visiting a dear friend who recently realized her life's dream of opening a beautiful tea shop, so it is most appropriate that today I offer you a muffin made with green tea powder, also known as matcha. I had the wonderful idea that the matcha would make green muffins so they would also be appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day, but no such luck. (Thank goodness I also decided to add some colored sugar sprinkles or there wouldn’t be any green at all.) But green tea powder is supposed to be good for you and the muffins are delicious, so let’s focus on that.

Ingredients
2 cups or 250g flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup or 100g light brown sugar
2 teaspoons matcha powder
1/2 cup or 115g butter, melted then cooled
1 egg
1 cup or 240ml buttermilk

For decorating: 3-4 tablespoons green sugar sprinkles

Method
Preheat the oven to 350°F or 180°C and either grease your 12-cup muffin tin or line it with paper liners.

In one big bowl, mix your dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, matcha powder and salt.



In small mixing bowl, whisk the melted butter and buttermilk with your egg.



Fold the liquids into the dry mixture, stopping when they are just mixed.


Divide the batter between your prepared muffins cups.


Sprinkle a generous amount of green sugar on the top of each cup of batter.



Bake in your preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.



Remove from the muffin tin and finish cooling on a rack.


Enjoy!


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