Monday, October 10, 2011

Green Tea Bites for an Afternoon Treat

Green Tea in all forms is quite popular for its anti-oxidant properties with health conscious folks. I was fortunate enough to live in China a few years back and one of my great experiences was sampling tea's at famous Tea Houses in Beijing & Shanghai. Lot of Green tea cookie recipes call for Matcha powder as the main flavoring ingredient. But I have used ground green tea leaves for the purpose. More than anything I just fell in love with these tea bag beauties :) (scroll down for pictures). The recipe is adapted from a couple of interesting recipes I found on google. The result was great & here we are with my Little Green Tea Bites.

Featured at Foodbuzz Top 9 on October 12, 2011


Ingredients:
Makes 2 dozen cookies
1 cup APF
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup powdered confectioners sugar
1/2 tablespoon green tea (matcha) powder
1 Teaspoon Green Tea leaves (finely ground)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 teaspoons water
1/2 cup unsalted butter (molten in microwave for 30 secs on high)
2 Tsp extra sugar for coating

I Loved these Tea-forte' Jasmin Green Tea Bags, very Photogenic !!!

Method:
Preheat oven to 350 F. 
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. 
Add vanilla, water, and butter. 
Blend together using a blender until a dough forms. 
Roll the dough into a sheet approx 1/3 inch thick.
Cover with parchment paper/cookie sheet & refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Cut into 1 inch x1 inch squares using your pizza cutter.
Sprinkle the top with sugar.
Now place on baking sheets and bake until the edges are just brown, about 15-18 minutes. 
Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks.


The dough can be kept Frozen for later use if you wish to do so.

Fresh & ready to go !!!

My family loved these & hope you would try the recipe and enjoy.

Take Care & Love, Sonia




PS: You can use any green tea leaves you like, I haven't been asked by Tea Forte to showcase their product, I just loved the their packing & presentation, & couldn't resist using/photographing their product.



25 comments:

Soma said...

I am having my afternoon coffee, please send some over! I LOVE the teapot too.. can that be mailed out?:) love the flavors here.

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Oh... how cute they are ... can u courier them pls....

Sonia said...

Thank you so much @ Soma n Sandhya for liking the tea bites...!

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

How cute I love this!! :)

mjskit said...

The perfect cookie for my afternoon tea time! Great cookie recipe!

Hovkonditorn said...

Great green tea bites!

Yvonne said...

I WILL try this recipe. It looks really good. Love the tea pot!

Jessica said...

These look so amazing! Love the photos too! Yum!

Priya said...

Looks damn cute and fabulous..

leaf (the indolent cook) said...

Such sweet and delicate flavours, and they look gorgeous too.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Would love to try these matcha flavored bites... Great recipe..
Krithi's Kitchen
Event: Serve It - Festival Potluck

Cristina - Teenie Cakes said...

I love the look and sound of these little green tea bites! They must be so tasty :) Beautifully done - congrats on the Top 9!

Prathima Rao said...

amazing, adorable & irresistible green tea bites :)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Kitchen Belleicious said...

well now don't those just look delicious. Little quaint bites of green tea in the afternoon is a brilliant idea!

Sonia said...

I'm excited to see that all of you are enjoying the green bites. Thanks a Ton for your words of appreciation, it keeps me digging for new ideas and recipes. Best Regards, Sonia

~~louise~~ said...

I'm a huge fan of Green Tea. And teapots too. Love the one pictured:) Your bites are just adorable, Sonia. I wish I could pluck one right now.

Thank you so much for sharing...

alpana said...

Wow....awesome crackers & he presentation is out of this world. Glad to follow you. Visit me at smart-snacks.blogspot.com

Christine's Pantry said...

Congrats on Foodbuzz top 9!

Balvinder ( Neetu) said...

I got so immersed in your blog that it slipped from my mind to congratulate you.
Congrats on being on Food buzz top9!

Audra Majocha said...

over the past few months ive gradually, and now completely given up coffee. i have really come to love tea, and have a variety to choose from. i am still getting into and experiencing green tea...but i think these adorable little treats could really help! thank you!

audra
www.oneloudlemon.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I'd love to bake these, but I am not understanding what to do with the butter. Is it supposed to be melted? Boiling? Softened?

Sonia said...

Hi Anonymous

As you did not leave an email there was no way i could hv gotten back to you.

Anyways, as stated in ingredients i used butter by melting it in microwave, then mixed it with other ingredients

Hope that helps

Cheers, Sonia

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Congrats on Top 9 Sonia! Wow green tea and matcha in these? I want to have some (a lot)!!! These are so cute and looks light and delicious. I always love your photography... amazing!

mycookinghut said...

I tried tea forte before! Love it, especially the packaging!

Deeksha said...

Congrats on foodbuzz top 9.
Awesome cookies.

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