Matcha Halloween Cupcakes

Matcha Halloween CupcakeScary good cupcakes that make a great Halloween party treat. Enjoy trying this recipe with different frosting toppings.

Preparation:

– Time: About 30-35 minutes, with cooking time.
– Recipe will make 48 spooky Matcha Halloween Cupcakes

Ingredients:

– 2 Cups FLOUR
– 1/4 Tsp (Teaspoon) SALT
– 1/2 Tbsp (Tablespoon) BAKING POWDER
– 6 oz (Ounces) room temperature BUTTER
– 1 1/2 cups SUGAR
– 2/3 cup MILK
– 2 EGGS + 1 EGG YOLK
– 2 Tbsps MATCHA SUPREME

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. Mix salt, baking powder, and flour together in a bowl. Set aside.
3. In a separate cup, mix milk and Matcha tea together. Set aside.
4. In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar and butter together for about 5 minutes until fluffy/creamy.
5. Add eggs, one at a time, to beat mixture in large mixing bowl. Beat each egg thoroughly after each one.
6. Add milk/tea mixture and flour mixture into batter, mixing and beating well.
7. Scoop out mixtures into cupcake tins, filling about 3/4 full. Bake for about 20-25 minutes.
8. Decorate with your favorite frosting.

 

The Benefits of Consuming Organic Matcha Green Tea

Matcha tea is, without a doubt, the best powdered organic green tea available today. It has long been a part of the Japanese culture and over the years has garnered a worldwide following. It’s one of the few herbal teas which have gained huge popularity. Decades ago, the tea leaves were used only in Japanese tea ceremonies. However, the tea now has become a popular beverage across the globe. There is a number of health benefits associated with Matcha Green Tea. It helps in reducing stress, normalizes your metabolism, makes your immune system stronger and regulates blood cholesterol levels.

The numerous health benefits of Matcha Green Tea have led to a massive increase in number of customers. Due to its popularity more and more people are trying it every day.

How Is Organic Matcha Made?

Matcha tea is made from gyokuro leaves. The leaves are kept in the shade two to three weeks before harvesting. This process separates Matcha from other green teas because they are not shaded prior to harvest. This process increases the level of theanine, thus giving Matcha its mild and sweet flavor. After the leaves are steamed and dried, the veins and stems are removed, after which the leaves are ground into a fine powder in a mill.

Why Is It Called Green Tea?

The reason why it’s called Green Tea is because the tea leaves are developed in the shade in order to increase its chlorophyll content.

Health Benefits of Organic Matcha

Rich in Antioxidants

Before discussing ahead, you must know what antioxidants are. They are the enzymes and nutrients that give you younger looking and glowing skin, fight against effects of UV radiation and prevent numerous life threatening diseases. An amazing benefit of Matcha tea it is that contains more antioxidants than any other food.

Induces Calmness

The leaves of Matcha contain L-theanine that boosts the production of alpha waves in the brain. This induces relaxation and calmness. It has also been used by monks to relax and meditate for many years.

Improves Concentration and Memory

L-theanine produces dopamine and serotonin. These chemicals enhance your mood, increase your level of concentration and improve memory.

Boosts Energy

In medieval Japan, Samurais used to drink Matcha tea before their battles. All of the green teas today, contain caffeine. The energy boost received by drinking a cup of Matcha is because of its unique combination of diverse nutrients. The increased energy gained easily lasts up to a period of 6 hours and because of the effects of L-theanine. The best part is that there are no side effects of drinking Matcha tea. Matcha is as natural as it can get.

Burns Calories

Matcha tea is also best known for its fat burning properties, as it burns fat four times quicker than the average weight loss supplement or natural extract. Unlike many dietary supplements and weight loss aides available on the market, Matcha has no side effects.

Detoxifies Your Body

A few weeks before Matcha is harvested, the tea leaves are kept away from sunlight. This increases the chlorophyll content in the plants which gives the Matcha tea its dynamic green color. It is also a powerful detoxifier and is capable of removing toxins from your body.

Strengthens the Immune System

Matcha tea contains Catechins that have antibiotic substances that promote your long-term health. Just a cup of Matcha provides a substantial quantity of vitamins and minerals.

Regulates Cholesterol Levels

Researchers have still not been able to find out how Matcha tea affects cholesterol. However, different studies reveal that regular Matcha drinkers have lower levels of bad and higher levels of good cholesterol.

Organic Matcha Recipes

Matcha is not only used as a beverage but Japanese people also use it in other recipes. It is mixed with tempura to create a flavored modification of the popular dish. A sponge cake Castella gets its green color and flavor from Matcha. Dishes made using azuki beans, manju, and monaka also contain Matcha. In the West, Matcha is added to many dishes, mostly by those who want to increase their consumption of antioxidants and increase their metabolism. Foods like ice cream, smoothies, lattes, whipped cream and baked goods also contain Matcha. It is sometimes also mixed with other teas.

As you can see, there are numerous benefits of consuming organic matcha green tea. So, what are you waiting for? Place your order now and get the finest quality matcha delivered to your doorstep.

Tantalizing Gluten-Free Matcha Crepe Recipe

gluten-free matcha crepe recipeWhen most people think of crepes, they think of delicious french cuisine, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t have a little bit of a Japanese influence.  Our Gluten-Free Matcha Crepe recipe is an amazing way to enjoy matcha.  Matcha tea is so versatile in the ways that it can be used.  From entrees to desserts, and smoothies and tea, matcha powder can add a healthy dose of flavoring.  With our gluten-free matcha crepe recipe, we hope that you will be inspired to create a new treat for yourself, or your friends and family.

INGREDIENTS
-1 1/2 tsp AOI MATCHA POWDER
-2 medium size eggs
-2 tbsp melted butter
-1 1/2 tbsp sugar
-1 1/4 gluten-free flour
-1 cup + 1 tbsp milk
-1/2 pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:
-Place all of the ingredients into blender and blend until mixture is smooth.
-While blending, heat a small non-stick skillet over a low heat. Spray skillet with cooking spray.
-Pour enough batter to coat the bottom of the skillet, turning the pan to evenly cover. This step will not require a lot of batter, about 1/4 cup.
-Cook on one side for 1-2 minutes. Carefully flip over to the other side and cook again for another minute.
-Place your finished crepes on a plate and place wax paper between each crepe.
-Serve with any helping of strawberries or blueberries for best results.

To learn about additional matcha recipes, visit the AOI Tea Company online, or like us on Facebook!

Matcha Cream Cheese Cookie Recipe

matcha cream cheese cookie recipeSometimes a chocolate chip cookie just won’t cut it, which is why our matcha cream cheese cookie recipe makes for a great alternative.  If you love the savory taste and health benefits associated with matcha green tea, then combine that with cream cheese cookies to make a fantastic new dessert.  Additional flavors or ingredients can be added to bolster the cookie, including shredded coconut, almonds, raisins or sprinkles.  Give this recipe a try in your home and enjoy!

 

INGREDIENTS:

-1 Tbsp AOI MATCHA POWDER
-2 1/4 Cups All Purpose flour
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 cup softened butter
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 egg
-3 oz cream cheese
-1/4 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:
-In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, vanilla,and egg yolk until mixture is light and fluffy.
-Beat in a few portions of your flour. Mix each portion until evenly blended.
-When adding the last portion of flour, add in the AOI Matcha Powder.
-Divide the dough into two separate dough balls and roll into logs that measure 2 inches in diameter.
-Cover these logs and refrigerate for 45 minutes – 1 hour.
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet for baking.
-Cut each log into 1/4″ thick round cookies to bake.
-Bake cookies for 10 minutes until the bottom edges are slightly browned.
-Recipe makes 3 dozen cookies.

For more delectable recipes like this matcha cream cheese cookie recipe, visit the AOI Tea Company’s Matcha Tea recipes page using the link to the right, or Like us on Facebook!

Matcha Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe

gluten-free matcha muffinsSample our newest cupcake creation that is topped with frosting and filled with custard…both including strawberry! These Matcha Strawberry Cupcakes are the type of dessert treat that can satisfy your sweet tooth as well as give you all the necessary health benefits that come with your matcha powder.  These delectable desserts make a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day as well.

INGREDIENTS FOR CUPCAKES
-1 tbsp AOI MATCHA POWDER
-3/4 cup cake flour
-1/2 cup regular flour
-1 cup of sugar
-1&1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 cup of unsalted butter than has been softened and cut into small cubes
-2 eggs
-1/2 cup whole milk
-1/2 tsp vanilla

INGREDIENTS FOR CUSTARD FILLING
-1 small box of instant vanilla pudding
-1 cup of whole milk
-3/4 cup of heavy cream
-1 tsp of vanilla extract
-10 – 15 large strawberries

INGREDIENTS FOR FROSTING
-2 eggs
-1/2 cup of sugar
-1/2 tsp. vanilla
-1&1/2 sticks of butter cut into 12 pieces
-Strawberry preserves

DIRECTIONS:
-Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
-Fill a cupcake tin with liners and put aside for later usage.
-In a large mixing bowl, combine flours, baking powder, sugar, salt, and the AOI MATCHA POWDER. Mix on a low speed.
-Slowly add in the butter cubes and mix.
-In a large measuring glass, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla.
-Steadily combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl. Do not overbeat.
-Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 full.
-Bake for about 17-20 or until a toothpick can be inserted and pulled out clean.
-To make the custard, mix and whip the first 4 ingredients together and is allowed to thicken for about 3-5 minutes. Place in refrigerator to cool down and thicken.
-Chop up strawberries and place in a bowl. Place this bowl in the fridge and and allow all the water to seep out of the strawberries.
-Mix the strawberries into the custard filling and place in fridge again.
-To make the frosting, put egg whites and sugar into a mixing bowl.
-Place this bowl over a pot of boiling water, making sure that the bottom of the bowl DOES NOT actually touch the water. Mix the egg white and the sugar until all the sugar is completely dissolved.
-Take bowl off of the heat and beat until this mixture doubles in size. Add in the vanilla and then the butter. Beat for another 5-10 minutes.
-Once cupcakes are done baking, remove a small hole from the top center of the cupcakes and fill with the custard and top with the frosting! Enjoy!

Order Your Valentine’s Gift-Wrapped Matcha Tea Set

aoit-valentines-day-matcha-gift-set-promo-store.jpgSee the twinkle in her eye when you send more than just flowers to your loved one this Valentine’s Day.

With our gift-wrapped Valentine’s Day matcha tea sets you can appeal to their healthy side while still showing that you care.  Each gift set contains a full matcha tea set with a matcha bowl, whisk holder, whisk, bamboo spoon and a tin of premium AOI matcha, Matcha Delight.

Looking for creative ideas for Valentine’s Day?

Sing It With Music – Send a valentine is thoughtful, but how about sending your loved a song that reminds you of them?  It’s a sweet way to make a memory and is surely something they’ll remember.

Covered In Chocolate – Everybody loves chocolate, but if you really want to make your Valentine happy give them some chocolate covered fruit.  Strawberries, cherries or even bananas are a great Valentine’s Day treat.

Make A Fabulous Meal – Food is an easy way to someone’s heart and my preparing a dinner for two by yourself, you’ll not only show how much you care, but you can guarantee what’s on the menu is something your Valentine will love!

So visit our online store and make your Valentine truly happy (and healthy) this year with an AOI Valentine’s Gift-Wrapped Matcha Tea Set.

Matcha Churros Recipe | The AOI Tea Company

matcha churros recipeA hybrid dessert combining the taste of Japanese matcha green tea and the traditional Mexican dessert favorite, Matcha churros! It is quite the delicious treat that is sure to be hit! All of the great benefits of Matcha infused into this treat that is loved the world over!

INGREDIENTS
-1 tbsp AOI Matcha
-About 7/8 cup (just below one cup) of flour
-3/4 cup of water
-Pinch of salt
-1 tbsp olive oil
-1 tbsp sugar
-1 tsp powdered sugar
-Olive oil for frying

DIRECTIONS:
-In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and AOI Matcha
-Add and mix in the water, salt, olive oil and sugar. Mix until all ingredients are combined completely.
-Place this mixture into a pastry squeeze bag.
-Heat up a pot of olive oil on medium. BE CAREFUL AS COOKING WITH OIL CAN BECOME DANGEROUS VERY QUICKLY. USE CAUTION.
-Squeeze the mixture into the oil and form a long circle. Let it cook evenly on both sides.
-Let it drain onto a plate with a paper towel to absorb any excess oil. Sprinkle on the powdered sugar!
-Serve and enjoy! A good companion piece is a Matcha Latte!

White Chocolate Matcha Truffles Recipe | AOI Tea Company

gluten-free matcha muffinsPerhaps our most sophisticated dessert entry into our line of recipes, the White Chocolate Matcha Truffles Recipe makes for an incredible, delectable taste like you’ve never experienced before.  Matcha is known for it’s fantastic health benefits, and in truffle form, you can enjoy these amazing treats in  dessert that is not found even in some of the most upscale restaurants in the world.

INGREDIENTS
-3/4 tsp AOI MATCHA POWDER + More for end coating
-10oz white choclate
-1/3 Cup Heavy Cream
-1/8 tsp of salt
-2 tbsp unsalted butter
-2 tsp of hot water (if needed)

EQUIPMENT
-Silicone Ice Cube Tray
-Piping Bag or small plastic storage bag
-Strainer

DIRECTIONS:
-In a saucepan, heat up the heavy cream and butter to a warm temperature using a low heat so the butter can melt properly. Once melted, add in the salt.
-Slowly add in the cream mixture to a small bowl of matcha powder and whisk until there are no longer any lumps. It helps to sift the matcha first to prevent lumps.
-Roughly chop up the white chocolate and put into a large glass or stainless steel bowl.
-Put about 4 cups of water into a pot and bring it to a boil. After the water comes a boil, turn off the heat and place the bowl of chocolate on top or into the water. This will help to heat up the bowl and melt the chocolate without burning it (for further illustration, see “DOUBLE BOILER”). Stir occasional with a rubber spatula in order to effectively melt all the chocolate.
-Once chocolate is completely melted, take off the heat and mix in the matcha cream into the chocolate. Mix well. If you find that the mixture starts to separate or look grainy, add in a teaspoon of hot water and you should have a smooth consistency.
-Fill a piping bag or small plastic storage bag with the chocolate mixture. If you are using a small plastic bag, cut a small hole in the corner.
-Fill the silicone ice cube trays with the chocolate mix until they are full. Use a scrapper to make a smooth surface across the top.
-Place the filled molds in the fridge for about 4-5 hours to solidify.
-Carefully pop the cubes out of the tray and sift some matcha powder onto a plate in order to coat all sides of the truffles.
-Add any extra toppings such as diced raspberries that have been freeze-dried to the top for an added flavor twist to your White Chocolate Matcha Truffles.

Mint Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

Mint Matcha Green Tea Latte RecipeWarm up the holiday beverage lineup with the tasty treat combining a matcha latte with fresh mint!  Make this Mint Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe at home and enjoy it all winter long.

INGREDIENTS
-1 tsp AOI MATCHA POWDER
-3/4 Cup Water
-3/4 Cup Non-Dairy milk
-1-3 tsp agave syrup
-Mint (3 drops of Peppermint Extract OR 1 peppermint tea bag OR 1 large sprig of fresh mint)
-Foam = 1/3 cup non-dairy milk + 1/4 tsp AOI MATCHA POWDER + drizzle of agave syrup

DIRECTIONS:
-Heat water in a small pot just before boiling. Add your choice of mint into this hot water. If you are using the tea bag or mint sprig, let this sit for about 1 minute before removing. If using the extract, there is no need to wait. Remove the sprig or tea bag before proceeding to the next step.
-Add in the AOI MATCHA POWDER to the mint water and whisk until all lumps are gone.
-Heat up your non-dairy milk to a boil. Once hot, pour this into a serving mug along with the mint matcha water mix.
-Stir in the agave syrup to sweeten.
-If you have a foaming machine, use this to create your foam and add to the latte on top.
-Sprinkle a last bit of matcha powder on top and drizzle more agave syrup on top of the foam.

Matcha Shortbread Christmas Cookies

matcha shortbread christmas cookies recipeCelebrate the holidays with this delicious matcha shortbread Christmas cookies recipe! Perfect for a holiday gift!  Often times with holiday desserts family and friends get tired of eating the same old thing at each holiday party they attend, so mix things up this year by adding the amazing taste and antioxidants of matcha to your Christmas cookies!

INGREDIENTS
-2 1/2 Tbsp AOI MATCHA POWDER
-2 1/4 Cups Flour
-1 Cup butter, cut into small pieces
-1/2 granulated sugar
-Pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:
-Whisk together the salt and the flour in a small bowl.
-In a separate bowl, beat together the butter, AOI MATCHA POWDER, and the sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.
-Add half of the flour/salt mixture into the matcha/butter/sugar bowl and mix on a low speed. Once this is fully mixed, slowly add the rest of the contents in the flour bowl. This mixture will appear crumbly , but it can be packed together with your hands. Form this mixture into a large ball.
-Roll out the dough to about a 1/2-inch thickness.
-Cut out as many cookies as possible until you have the remaining dough. Re-roll this dough and cut more cookies until all of the dough is used up.
-Preheat your oven to 325F and bake for about 15-17 minutes until the cookies are dry to the touch.
-Sprinkle with any extra matcha powder for an added flavor.

Enjoy this matcha shortbread christmas cookies recipe along with many others on the AOI Tea Company website!