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.
Because of it getting more popular outside of Japan, 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!
If you liked this recipe you might also like our Dark Chocolate Matcha Brownies. Check them out!Print