Monday, July 28, 2014

Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Babka

I don't have a recipe to share today.  This is just a cool little idea that involves one of my favorite baking ingredients:  matcha green tea powder.  I love adding it to baked goods as natural food coloring.  Look at what happened when I added some to my babka:

Pretty cool, eh?

I used the Chocolate Babka recipe from Chloe's Vegan Desserts cookbook.  (If you don't have the cookbook, here's a hint:  I just did an online search for "Chloe vegan babka" and the full recipe showed up as a Google Books result. Or you can head to the library.  Or buy the cookbook-- it's great!)  I've made her babka recipe before and although it takes about 3 hours total waiting for the dough to rise and 45 minutes baking in the oven, it's well worth the time and effort once you sink your teeth into your very own homemade babka. (especially if it's green)

Based on what I had in my pantry, I made the following adjustments to the recipe:

  • Used 1 cup bread flour and 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour for the dough
  • Added 4 teaspoons matcha green tea powder to the flour mixture for the dough
  • Substituted refined coconut oil for vegan margarine (1 to 1) in both the dough and the filling
  • Substituted coconut palm sugar for brown sugar (1 to 1) in the filling
  • Omitted the streusel topping

I usually use Maeda-en 100% natural matcha green tea powder that sells for about $7 online or at Japanese or Asian supermarkets.  That's the price for a 1-oz. canister, which isn't exactly cheap.  But if you're just looking to experiment with it or don't plan on using it often, a 1-oz. canister at $7 is just fine in my book. That amount can be used for 2 to 3 baking projects. (not to mention delicious homemade green tea lattes or ice cream)

With all the sugar and chocolate in the mix, I didn't really taste much green tea, but that was expected.  From my previous matcha baking projects, I've found that the green tea flavor doesn't really come through.  If it does, it's very subtle.  (but who cares, it's green!)

I have to say that kneading green colored dough is a lot of fun.  It reminded me of Play-Doh.  And eating a green colored babka is even more fun.  (eating Play-Doh = not so fun)  I hope you'll give this 'Glowing Green Babka' a try. Just don't try to use it for detox purposes. :)