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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  7. Looks damn cute and fabulous..

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

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

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

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

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  12. 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

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  13. 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...

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

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

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  16. 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

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  17. 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?

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  18. 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

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  19. 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!

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

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  21. Congrats on foodbuzz top 9.
    Awesome cookies.

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