I absolutely love muffins! Whether a quick breakfast or an afternoon snack, they always go down a treat.
Muffins in Japan
For some reason, muffins don’t seem to be so popular in Japan. Maybe Japanese people find them too sweet? Or maybe too big? But either way, I don’t see them around so much.
When I returned to Japan, I started experimenting with muffin recipes. I wanted them to be fluffy with giant tops like the ones you see in cafes and coffee shops!
I managed to make some awesome blueberry muffins by experimenting, combining techniques and ingredients I liked from various recipes.
But my next goal was to make a muffin with a Japanese twist! And what better twist than making “Matcha Muffins”!
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a type of green tea made by grinding young green tea leaves into a fine, bright green powder. I’m sure you’ve heard of it.
It’s become a bit of a health craze in the west, with people drinking it to lose weight or even adding it to smoothies etc.
Because of this, matcha powder has become more accessible. You can probably even find it in well stocked supermarkets. If not you can check specialist tea stores or asian supermarkets, it’s easy to order online as well.
Popular Matcha Flavoured Snacks
Japanese people don’t drink matcha solely for health reasons, they just love the taste and you can find pretty much anything in matcha flavour here!
Just a few popular examples are…
- Matcha kitkat
- Matcha ice cream
- Matcha Latte
- Matcha cookies
Although matcha has a bitter flavour, it is used in many sweets. As I have a bit of a sweet tooth, I decided to add white chocolate chips to my mix.
The sweetness of the white chocolate with the bitterness of the matcha works really well together! I hope you enjoy this muffin recipe with a Japanese twist!Print
This recipe will make 8 medium sized muffins. (6 large or 12 small)
- 190g weak flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp matcha powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 large egg
- 100g white sugar
- 3 tbsp natural yogurt
- 100ml milk
- 60ml vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 100g white chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 220°C (or 430°F)
- Sift 190g flour into a bowl and add 2 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp of matcha powder, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Mix until the the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the flour.
- In a separate bowl whisk 1 egg with 100g of white sugar for about 1 minute.
- Next, pour 100ml milk, 3 tbsp plain natural yogurt, 60ml vegetable oil and 1 tsp vanilla extract to the whisked egg and sugar, mix with a spatula until well incorporated.
- Add the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and carefully fold them together, the flour only needs to be touched by the wet mixture. Be careful not to over mix! (If there are some lumps of flour, it’s okay.)
- Roughly chop the white chocolate and add to the mixture, fold through a couple of times to distribute the chocolate but try to mix as little as you possibly can.
- Spoon into about 8 medium sized muffin cases about 2/3 of the way to the top.
- Bake at 220°C (or 430°F) for just 5 minutes to give them a rising boost, then lower the heat to 180°C (or 350°F) and bake for a further 15-20 mins.
- Leave to cool and drizzle with a little melted white chocolate. (optional)
- Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or freeze for 1 month.
- It’s important you don’t over mix, otherwise you will end up with dry and stodgy muffins.
- Cinnamon sounds strange for a matcha recipe but it adds depth of flavour!
- You can use white chocolate chips or a block of white chocolate, it depends on your preference.
- If you don’t like white chocolate you can always use dark or milk chocolate, but the sweetness of white chocolate really compliments the bitterness of matcha!
- If you have large muffin cases, increase the lower temperature baking time by a few minutes. If your muffin cases are small reduce the baking time to about 12 mins.
- Category: Baking
- Method: Baking
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