If you have never heard of matcha or even better yet, tasted it, where the heck have you been for the last year? Either love it or hate it, just give it a try first!
I want Matcha More!
Basically, matcha is stone-ground green tea leaves. Matcha is packed with so many powerful anti-oxidants and has a range of health-benefits. Drinking one cup of matcha equals to 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea. This is because if you are drinking a cup of matcha you are actually consuming the whole leaf and the healthy components that are in the leaves. Although matcha is said to be exceptionally good for your health, be sure not to consume more than a cup per day as it is quite high in lead.
Matcha has a leafy, grass-like flavour. The quality of the type of matcha you consume unfortunately comes with a price. It is expensive and the higher the grade of matcha, the more expensive. The texture of a good grade matcha should be extremely fine, similar to that of eyeshadow. The taste should not be overly bitter, but rather sweet.
My husband went to Cape Town for work earlier this year. One morning he popped into the lovely vegan restaurant called Raw & Roxy for some rocket fuel. He not only got the rocket fuel, but also a little gift for his wife all the way in Pretoria – my first ever matcha. What a treat! This specific matcha is from the Get-Matcha range and it is as pure as it can get. So, so happy with the product! It’s like powdered green gold – if I work with it EVERYTHING should be far away so that no accidents or spillages happen.
Tip: As you will see in the recipe directions you need to spread out the last half of the matcha blondie mix on top of half of the cream cheese mixture. This is quite hard, as the matcha blondie mix is more like dough than a batter. You can use your hands to pull apart smaller pieces of the dough and place it on top of the cream cheese mixture.
These matcha blondie cheesecake bars are my first ever matcha creations and it will most definitely not stop here. Tune in for more!