茶通ちゃつう
Chatsu / Baked Bun with Green Tea Flavor

ChatsuThis is a simple sweet coupled with a thin bun flavored with green tea and a ball of sweet bean paste. (Cooking Time: about 1 hour)

Ingredients (for 10 eaches)
Wheat Flour80 g + extra
Baking Powder1/2 ts.
抹茶
Matcha /Powdered Green Tea
1 ts.
Egg White1 each
Sugar50 g
濃し餡
Koshi-An /Strained Sweet Bean Paste
300 g
煎茶
Sencha /Green Leaf Tea (for garnish)
suitable amount

Directions

  1. Sieve wheat flour with baking powder and Matcha twice.
  2. Whip egg white and add suger, until it become very soft meringue.
  3. Add #1 into #2 and mix them lightly but not squeeze. When the dry powders disappear, cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let sit for 30 minutes. If the dough is firm, add and mix some water into it.
  4. Grease griddle and warm to about 150 F-degrees.
  5. Divide Koshi-An paste into 10 balls.
  6. Make a layer of extra wheat flour in a tray and pour #3 into the tray. Add extra flour on your hand and knead the green dough lightly until it becomes softer than the softness of your earlobe. Divide the dough into 10 balls and cover the #5 Koshi-An balls with the dough in the same way of Mushi Manju.
  7. Put some leaves of green tea on the griddle. Put the #6 balls on the tea leaves and push them down lightly with a spatula until the thickness reaches around 1/2 inches. Turn up heat to 320 F-degrees until it is fully cooked. When the sides are browned and the edges are soft but not overly sticky, pick them up from the griddle, and serve.

Notes & Arrangements

References

  1. The recipe of Chatsu in the Japanese sweets cooking of the Urasenke Tea Ceremony class at Japan House (Autumn, 2003).
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