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Jean's picture

An unusual biscotti recipe (post #64167)

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This recipe just intrigues me. The problem is with the "matcha-green tea powder".  You can buy tons of it on-line for exorbitant prices but the recipe only calls for 2 T!! Does anyone know of an acceptable substitute?



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Gretchen's picture

(post #64167, reply #1 of 20)

If it is just green tea, could you not whiz some up in the FP to a powder?

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Risottogirl's picture

(post #64167, reply #2 of 20)

Just grinding up "regular" will not be the same as matcha.

For matcha, the tea bushes are covered several weeks before harvest to prevent direct sunlight. This is done to slow the growth, turn the leaves a deeper green, and increase the production of amino acids that make the resulting tea sweeter.


After harvesting, the leaves are laid out flat to dry and they will crumble and become known as tencha, which is  then stone ground to the fine, bright green, talc-like powder known as matcha. Only ground  tencha qualifies as matcha - other powdered teas are called by another name that I have forgotten.


The specific flavor of matcha is that of the amino acids. In other words, it doesn’t taste like “regular” green tea or have the same texture. It is prepared very differently for drinking too…with a whisk I think.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


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Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Jean's picture

(post #64167, reply #3 of 20)

I see that Amazon has some in smaller containers than what I found by my first google. I wonder how much volume there is in an ounce? 


From your description, there is nothing that will sub with the same result. Thanks.




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Risottogirl's picture

(post #64167, reply #5 of 20)

There has been a lot of cross pollinization (sp?) of French pastry technique and Japanese flavors, so it is commonly used now in a lot of French pastry and dessert recipes.  I actually brought some from France (imported there from Japan) the first time I used it.


My best friend's brother was stationed in Japan until very recently and on her last trip to visit him, she brought me a bag - how much do you need, I can send you some (email me!!!). Most recipes call for pretty small amounts...it is an interesting flavor, should be fairly subtle, but doesn't appeal to everyone.


Do you like green tea ice cream?  I think it tastes like dirt and that's normally made with matcha:) I have had other desserts made with matcha that I have liked, however.



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Edited 12/22/2006 10:18 pm ET by Risottogirl

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Jean's picture

(post #64167, reply #6 of 20)

That's very kind of you to offer.  The recipe only calls for 2 Tbs. I wish I knew what the weight of that much is. No clue from anything I've found on line.  I'll email you.


Edited to add I've never had Green tea ice cream. Somehow that doesn't sound appealing.




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Edited 12/21/2006 1:49 pm ET by Jean

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Gretchen's picture

(post #64167, reply #7 of 20)

Let's see--I can see the headlines now. Michigan quarantined because of powdery substance sent from Massachusetts. Homeland Security raises levels to red!!!    ;o)

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Risottogirl's picture

(post #64167, reply #8 of 20)

bright green powdery substance


LOL.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


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Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Gretchen's picture

(post #64167, reply #11 of 20)

It will be revealed to be a brand new strain of eco-friendly anthrax.
New threat!! New levels of alert!! We're doomed!! The sky is falling!!   ;o)


 


 


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Jean's picture

(post #64167, reply #14 of 20)

You guys are crazy.  LOL



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KitchenWitch's picture

(post #64167, reply #10 of 20)

I love Green Tea ice cream!

I can send you some matcha as well - I have a can in the pantry. FWIW, my can is 30 grams (just over an ounce) and probably contains about 1/3 -1/2 cup.

~RuthAnn


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Jean's picture

(post #64167, reply #13 of 20)

That's helpful.  That would be 6-8 T. per ounce.  I'll make a note of that on the recipe - in case I every want to make it again.


Thanks for the offer. RisottoGirl is going to send me some. Why don't you make the biscotti and we can compare notes.


Oh, and BTW, the Nutcracker scent is lovely!  I'm wallowing in it right now. :) 




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KitchenWitch's picture

(post #64167, reply #15 of 20)

ooo! maybe I will - I have every thing but the slivered almonds and could probably sub some regular ones!


~RuthAnn


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~RuthAnn

Risottogirl's picture

(post #64167, reply #20 of 20)

Today, I had  4 oz freshly squeezed orange juice shaken with ice and matcha powder - a matcha shot!


It was different, but really delicious -better than a wheat grass shot to be sure :)


 


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


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Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

drussell's picture

(post #64167, reply #18 of 20)

Had green tea ice cream in a restaurant in the Old Port in Portland (ME) and thought it must be me, or my taste buds, since I didn't care for it. Your description of it tasting like dirt is quite like what I thought but was not quite ready to say so. Good to know I wasn't the only one with that opinion. Easy to get intimidated when experiencing new ingerdients, new flavors, etc. when others seem to be enjoying the very thing that is off for you. 

Risottogirl's picture

(post #64167, reply #19 of 20)

Yeah, I love most any ice cream and I drink lots of green tea. I even like other desserts flavored with matcha, but green tea ice cream? No other way to describe it - tastes like dirt to me.


 


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Gretchen's picture

(post #64167, reply #4 of 20)

WOW--I AM impressed (once again!!). Thanks for the lesson.
I just quickly looked at the recipe and it seemed that "matcha" might be just a connotation of powdered green tea.  Hence, my suggestion.


That would be a pretty special biscotti.


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RheaS's picture

(post #64167, reply #9 of 20)

Asian markets usually have inexpensive matcha. I have a 250g bag that I bought for under $5 (maybe even under $3). The taste is comparable to the very expensive matcha I've had at specialty tea shops, but then I'm not a big fan of matcha as a drink. I do know that the cheap stuff I have works great in baked goods.

Jean's picture

(post #64167, reply #12 of 20)

I wouldn't know where to start to look for an Asian market in this area.  Mexican, yes. Now if I lived in Madison, WI!  They have everything there. What a great town.



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Jonagold's picture

(post #64167, reply #16 of 20)

I would appreciate it if someone could write the Japanese word in English so that it would be possible to show the word to the person who helps me find items.  It is so difficult to know the English word and the clerk doesn't have any idea what I would like.  We have a few laughs over some of my searches.


The most recent quest resulted in the ethnic store personnel sending me to Fred Meyer for coconut chips for the Christmas granola!

Risottogirl's picture

(post #64167, reply #17 of 20)

Do you mean matcha? I believe that IS the English term (and the French term as well)


Maccha (–•’ƒ) reflects the Japanese language and  matcha reflects the English.


Afew years ago, I had the same problem here in the Boston area. I finally found it at the Super 88 and I brought some back from France. Now it is easier to find, here, at least, but probably not in areas with smaller Asian populations.


Edited to say this (–•’ƒ) started out to be  the characters in Japanese, but I see they didn't come through :(



Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay


Edited 12/22/2006 10:21 pm ET by Risottogirl

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay