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.



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