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steamed hojicha muffins

Steamed Hojicha Muffins

Steamed Hojicha Muffins
 
Steamed hojicha muffins are light and flavorful. Grind loose leaf hojicha in a cleaned electric coffee grinder to make hojicha powder (make sure the grinder is unplugged when you clean it). A perfect little treat for tea time! You can put anko (red bean paste) in the middle, or put some raisins if you like!
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g (3.5oz) sugar
  • 200ml (4/5 cup) milk
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 200g (7oz) flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons hojicha powder (grind 3 tablespoons of loose leaf hojicha)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix the eggs and sugar well with a whisk.
  2. Add the milk and mix, then add the oil and mix well.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and hojicha powder, sifting, and mix by folding with a spatula.
  4. Pour the batter into paper-lined cups and steam in a steamer for 20 minutes on mid-high heat or until a toothpick comes out clean.
 

matcha brownies

Matcha Brownies

Matcha Brownies
 
Matcha brownies are rich and soft, with a beautiful green cake on the outside and a rich chocolate with matcha undertones on the inside. This recipe includes walnuts, which are natural antioxidants.
Ingredients
  • for a 8" x 10" pan
  • 60g (2oz) roasted walnuts
  • 160g (6oz) white chocolate, chopped or use chips
  • 60g (2oz) unsalted butter
  • 60g (2oz) sugar
  • 60ml (2oz) milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 60g (2oz) flour
  • 2 tablespoons matcha powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
Instructions
  1. Line the pan with a parchment paper. Heat the oven to 360℉.
  2. Melt the white chocolate and butter in a large bowl on a double boiler. Mix well.
  3. Add sugar and mix well with a spatula.
  4. Remove from the double boiler, add the milk and mix. Add the beaten eggs in three times and mix well.
  5. Add the flour, matcha powder and baking powder, sifting. Gently mix by folding with a spatula.
  6. Add the walnut and mix.
  7. Pour the batter into the pan and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, with the temperature reduced to 320℉.
 

matcha cheese cake

Matcha Cheese Cake

Matcha Cheese Cake
 
A cafe in Kyoto started serving matcha cheese cake in a masu (wooden sake cup) and it became a huge hit. We tried to recreate it and it tastes good. Plus, it's not too hard to make. You can use your own cups!
Ingredients
  • 3-4 slices thin sliced bread (or store bought sponge cake)
  • 1½ Tablespoons matcha powder
  • 1½ Tablespoons sugar
  • 2/5 cup (100 ml) boiling hot water
  • ⅘ cup (450ml) heavy cream
  • 3-4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 Tablespoons plain yogurt
  • matcha powder to dust
Instructions
  1. Tear thinly sliced bread into small pieces and lay them on the bottom of the cups.
  2. Mix matcha powder and sugar and add hot water to make a matcha syrup. Stir well.
  3. Pour the matcha syrup over the bread in the cup and set aside.
  4. Put the heavy cream and sugar in a bowl and whip with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
  5. Put the cream cheese and yogurt in another large bowl and mix well with an electric mixer.
  6. Add the heavy whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture and mix well.
  7. Ladle the cream mixture on top of the soaked bread pieces.
  8. Using a tea strainer, sprinkle matcha powder on top.
matcha cake

Matcha Gateau au Chocolat

Matcha Gateau au Chocolat
 
Matcha cake with white chocolate. It is moist, rich and decadent!
Ingredients
  • 6 oz (150g) white chocolate, chopped (or use chips)
  • 1 stick (113g) unsalted butter
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 Tablespoons (45g) sugar
  • ⅓ cup (75cc) heavy cream
  • 3 Tablespoons (30g) flour
  • 4 Tablespoons (30g) matcha powder
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 Tablespoons (45g) sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 360℉.
  2. Melt the chopped white chocolate and butter in a double boiler.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture looks almost white.
  4. Add the chocolate and butter mixture to the egg yolks and mix well.
  5. Add the heavy cream and mix.
  6. Sift the flour and matcha powder and add to the chocolate and egg yolk mixture. Mix well.
  7. In another bowl, beat the egg whites with electric mixer. Add the sugar in 3 times and beat very well.
  8. Add the beaten egg white to the chocolate mixture in 2-3 times. Mix well till you don't see the foamy egg white.
  9. Put the batter in a 8" pan, lined with parchment paper and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 320℉ and bake for another 20 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan for 20 minutes. Remove from the pan and put it on a plate.

 
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Natural Immune Booster

Otsuka Seiyaku, one of Japan’s leading pharmaceutical companies, published an article on how to boost immune system on its website. While there are several ways, one of them is to consume green tea components. A study on 200 subjects shows that one group who was given green tea components (378 mg catechin and 210 mg theanine per day) were significantly less susceptible to influenza in contrast to another group who received placebo!
The other ways to boost immune system in the article include: to laugh, to stay warm, to stay positive, to exercise moderately, and to have a balanced diet.
Please stay healthy and safe! Wash your hands, and drink lots of green tea!
どうぞお元気で!

How to Boost Immune System (Japanese)

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Green Tea’s Antibacterial Action

Four students of a junior high school in Osaka, Japan did some research on their friends’ water bottles and found that sencha (classic green tea) prevents mold from reproducing! The result of their research was published in a Japanese science magazine.
They took samples from the lids of the 43 water bottles from their friends. They found molds on 24 lids and found that the lids of the bottles that usually contain sencha (classic green tea) had the least mold spores.
The average number of spores in bottles that usually contain hojicha (roasted tea) is 3,681, and mugicha (barley tea) is 1,863. On the other hand, the number of spores was 228 for water and 112 for the ones with sencha (classic green tea). The sencha bottle had less than one-tenth mold spores than the hojicha and mugicha bottles and less than half of the bottles that contain water.
This must be the product of the green tea’s catechin which has an antibacterial action. It is also known that catechin fights against viruses.
Kudos to the students! Let’s drink green tea and stay healthy!
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immune booster

Boost the Immune System

There are some foods that help boost immune system according to the article on Healthline. The list includes citrus fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, yogurt, almonds…and green tea!
Green tea has an antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that enhances immune function.
The article also says green tea is a good source of L-theanine, an amino acid that may aid on the production of germ-fighting compounds in your T-cells.
Our Organic Mecha might be a good tea to drink to boost your immune system as it is made of new leaf buds that has theanine. And mecha has some matcha powder, too!
Don’t forget to wash your hands with soap. And try not to touch your face. Stay healthy!
Healthline article on immune booster, “15 Foods That Boost the Immune System”:
https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/foods-that-boost-the-immune-system
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matcha almond latte

Almond Matcha Latte

Did you know that Martha Hunt, a Victoria’s Secret model, starts her day with a matcha latte? She substitutes almond milk for whole milk for its high energy, proteins, and fiber, and has zero lactose and cholesterol. When mixed with matcha that is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, almond matcha latte makes a perfect energizer to kickstart a brand new day!
Experiment with Jugetsudo’s matcha and almond milk to make a healthy and delicious latte!
You can read more about Martha’s healthy diet here:
Martha Hunt Food Diary

ginger tea

Ginger Tea

When you have the shivers and think you’ve caught a cold, have some ginger tea. It is said that ginger contains components that open blood vessels and improve blood flow, so ginger can help warm you up!
Put 7-8 thin slices of fresh ginger and 1 cup of water into a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer for 5 minutes. Add 1-2 tablespoons of honey to taste. Take out the slices and pour the liquid into a cup.
If you want to consume ginger in an easier way, hojicha with ginger is a good option. When brewing hojicha, just add 2-3 slices of ginger. Or you can just add the slices to brewed hojicha. The spicy ginger flavor goes very well with the earthy aroma of hojicha. Add some honey for some sweetness!! When you are warmed up with ginger tea, go to bed and rest!

organic sencha and camellia

Thank you, Tea Flowers!

Camellias are now in bloom in Portland, Oregon! Did you know that the tea tree is in the same family with camellia, called Camellia Sinensis?
Just like regular camellia, tea trees also have flowers. It is said that tea tree flowers are a bit blander than camellia, and they bloom around October in Japan.
You may think that the tea plantations at that time would be beautiful; however, tea flowers are rarely seen. The reason for this is because the flowers are picked out early so that the tea leaves retain enough nutrition. It’s a shame that tea tree flowers do not get much attention, but thanks to their absence we are able to drink delicious tea.
Next time you drink tea, appreciate the tea flowers that didn’t get to bloom, but instead turned into a nice drink for us!