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December 07, 2016

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Matcha Green Tea Dansk Butter Biscuits

Do you recall those blue round tins full of the delicious buttery treats lining the supermarket shelves around the Holiday season?

Royal Dansk Butter Cookies Tin is the all-time favourite Christmas treat around the world

Photo via Depositphotos.com

Yes! We are talking about the famous Danish Butter Biscuits. Named Vaniljekranse in Danish, which means Vanilla wreaths, these special biscuits are traditional Christmas treats in Denmark and have become popular around the world over recent years.

And so, with the holidays nearly upon us, we at Kenko Tea have found you the perfect Danish Matcha Butter Biscuits recipe for you, created by Loan Nguyen aka @lily.dolly92.

Loan is a matcha fan from Vietnam. Although not a professional baker, Loan has taught herself how to bake from the internet, adapting the recipes with her own added flair.

Loan’s Matcha Butter Cookies recipe is inspired by fellow well-known Vietnamese baker, Linh Trang from @savourydays, who also has been featured on Kenko Tea previously.

Matcha Green Tea Butter Cookies Recipe by Linh via @savourydays

Photo via SavouryDays.com

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These Danish cookies are easy to make and only require simple ingredients that are most likely already in your pantry. They are divinely delicious, featuring a buttery and earthy matcha flavour which complements the aromatic vanilla.

The cookies are the perfect Christmas treats to share with your guests and also make for a delicious holiday gift.

Matcha Danish Butter Cookies

Butter Cookies topped with assorted chocolate chips or your favorite toppings

Ingredients

140g all-purpose flour
30g corn starch
10-15g matcha powder (adjust to your preference)
160g unsalted butter, room temperature
A pinch of salt
100g caster sugar
1 egg white (35-38g), room temperature
½ tsp (3 ml) vanilla extract (optional)

    Method

    1. Sift and well mix flour, cornstarch and matcha in a bowl.
    2. Cream butter, sugar and salt with hand mixer until pale & fluffy.
    3. Add in egg white and vanilla extract, mix to incorporate.
    4. Add flour mixture in 2-3 times, well mix with a spatula.
    5. Transfer the batter to the piping bag fitted with 1M Wilton tip.
    6. Pipe the batter on the baking tray lined with parchment paper.
    7. Refrigerate for at least 1h to maintain the shape.
    8. Top with matcha chocolate chips, almond flakes, raisin, or your favourite toppings
    9. Bake for 25-30 mins in a preheated oven at 150-155 Celsius.
    10. Allow them to cool and store in an airtight container up to 2-3 weeks.

      You can easily wrap up these delicious cookies in a Christmas tin for a present, or simply devour the buttery treats with your family after a special night’s dinner!

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      November 30, 2016

      Matcha Guides ›


      Staying Healthy and Fit for This Year Holiday

      Staying healthy during the Holidays will help you enjoy this best time of the year without guilt for the new coming year.

      Christmas spirit is in town! - via @jenna_yttar (L) & @amyleeactive (R)

      It’s that time of a year again; the time for sweet treats, gourmet feasts, and family bonding. Yes! We’re talking about Christmastime.

      From now until New Year’s Day, you will probably be planning and scheduling family visits, gift shopping, and preparing food. Amongst all this busyness, there’s no surprise staying healthy and fit during the holiday season will move further down the to do list.

      However, we believe that although the holiday season is about indulging, it can be done in moderation. So we’ve come up with a list of tips to help you stay on track with your health and fitness routine during the holidays, so you can celebrate a season of indulgences without the New Year guilt.

      A. Eat wisely

      Eating plays a big part in staying fit and healthy during the holidays. You are often invited to numerous dinners over the Christmas period. It can be hard to control what you eat, as there is often so much delicious food and tempting desserts on offer.

      However, there are a few simple tricks that can help prevent us from overeating:

      1. Don’t skip breakfast

      Having a good breakfast gives you enough energy for the whole productive morning

      A great morning begins with great breakfast - and matcha! - via @cestbonn_e

      Skipping breakfast is never a good tactic for staying healthy and managing your weight. Not eating breakfast can mess up your overall health. In the long run, your body turns to starvation mode, leading to the slowing down of your metabolic rate. So when you do go back to eating, the body thinks it should store up all the energy it can (aka calories) to prepare for its next starvation period -  even if you end up eating less than normal.

      In the short term, not eating until lunch or dinnertime can cause you to overeat. So instead, have a healthy breakfast to kick start the mornings throughout the holiday season. The nourishment will keep you fuelled for the whole day too.

      Mixing matcha to your favorite breakfast can make your breakfast more healthy and delicious!

      Matcha Adzuki Bread (@alterjiwo) & Matcha Avo Smoothie (@thrivingonplants)

      So get yourself a healthy matcha smoothie bowl or freshly baked matcha muffins to munch on for your first meal of the day. You can also check out more of our healthy breakfast ideas at Kenko Tea here.

      2. Healthy snacking

      Similarly, before a big feast in the evening, have a healthy snack to help you temper the urge to overeat too much at those Christmas parties.

      Eating healthy snacks can help to activate your metabolism, allowing you to maintain your blood sugar in between meals. A bowl of vegan matcha granola, a few pieces of dark chocolate filled with matcha or a couple of matcha pistachio cups are just some examples of delicious, yet healthy snacks.

      Having healthy snacks before feast time can help you eat less, control your portion and weight management during the Holidays.

      Healthy matcha snacks - via @canyourdoctorcookthis, @the_paleo_shack, & @zuzigettingfit

      3. Fuel your body with fibre, protein & small portions

      Protein and fibre are your friends over the holiday season. Protein is a healthy source of energy for weight management, as it takes more time to digest than other foods, making you feel fuller for longer.

      Similarly, fibre simply makes you feel full without adding extra calories to your body, reducing your appetite while allowing you to eat less. Soluble fibre can slow down the absorption of sugars into your bloodstream, lowering your blood sugar and insulin levels, meaning your body is less likely to store fat.

      So make sure you serve yourself some turkey or plant-based proteins like legumes, quinoa or veggies. It helps to serve your food on a small plate too, to ‘trick’ your brain into thinking you’re having a larger portion than you are.

      4. Don’t forget to stay hydrated

      Always drink plenty of water before, during and after big holiday meals. Not only does staying hydrated help you feel full, but it also keeps you away from sugar-filled drinks like soda or juices. Water is the best way to beat the heat at this time of year, keeping you from feeling fatigued.

      B. Get moving!

      1. Plan your workout routine

      Matcha green tea helps your workout performance by increase your endurance and energy for a long time.

      Working out with Kenko Tea's matcha - via @tttesselate (L) & @kylraggio (R)

      It’s hard to stay active during the holidays as this is often the best time for sleeping in and being lazy. Nevertheless, try to plan a holiday workout routine, setting yourself achievable goals.

      You should plan to go to the gym or do some exercise at home early in the morning before you get distracted with parties and visiting friends and family. You don’t have to spend too much time, 15 minutes will do, but it’s a simple way to stay on top of your fitness regime.

      Staying healthy with protein-packed and antioxidant-packed matcha snacks after a long workout

      Matcha Kale Smoothie (@elocyninoz) & Matcha Bliss Balls (@beautyinpure)

      And did you know matcha can actually benefit your workout performance? So pack some healthy matcha protein bars or a nutritious matcha protein shake to take to the gym with you!

      2. Find a workout buddy

      Holidays are all about bonding and togetherness, so it’s not a bad idea to find yourself a workout buddy (or buddies) to encourage you to keep fit during the festive season.

      Working out needn’t be a solitary activity, so encourage each other to get moving during pre-dinner workouts. This way you can be sure to stay on top of your workout routine, while feeling great too.

      Having a workout buddy can encourage you to be on track of your fitness routine during the Holidays season.

      Kitty is the best workout buddy, ya know? - via @kaseyhuongdoan

      3. Move as much as you can

      If you really don’t have the time, or aren’t in the mood for exercise, try and build activity into your everyday tasks. Don’t sit in a room for whole day, get up and take a walk for 15 minutes around your neighbourhood. You might even discover something new or encounter people you haven’t seen for awhile.

      Instead of parking close to the supermarket doorway, park further away and take a walk to increase your movements. If you are holidaying to someplace new, stroll around the new area on foot or bike instead of taking a taxi or public transportation.

      Walking is not only easy but good for your physical and mental health, as it gives you an opportunity to slow down from the busy pace of life. So get moving!

      4. Do some gardening or housework

      Another way to keep yourself fit and active during the holidays is to keep get on top of household chores. If you have been busy with school, exams or work during the year, the holidays can be a good time out to get some household chores done.

      Whether it’s raking the leaves or deep cleaning your kitchen, pottering around the house is sometimes the best way to get your heart rate up while fitting in some exercise in a practical way. Take a break and replenish your energy with a refreshing matcha smoothie or matcha iced latte in between scrubbing those tiles.

      A glass of refreshing iced matcha latte can replenish your energy for any physical activities, including cleaning.

      Matcha iced latte after cleaning sounds great! - via @aumanro

      C. Improve your mind and emotional well being

      For some people, the holiday period can be stressful, depressing and overwhelming. Your to do list can become long and it can be difficult trying to keep all family members happy.

      But don’t let it get to you. It’s important to stay on top of your emotional and mental well-being… and here are some tips to help you do it.

      1. Spend at least five minutes meditating each day

      Meditation in the morning helps sharpen your mind, encourage mindfulness and mental relaxation

      Morning meditation can imrpove your well-being - via popweightloss.com

      Meditation helps you to relax your muscles and breathe deeply. Meditation is also a good way to practise mindfulness, which encourages emotional relaxation, improves self-esteem and optimism, and lessens stress and anxiety.

      Instead of turning to food or alcohol to cope with stress, meditation can help prevent emotional over-eating and drinking, which is great for both your mind and body. So take at least five minutes after waking up and before going to bed to free your mind while in a meditative state.

      2. Switch to matcha green tea or herbal drinks

      Since ancient times, people have been drinking teas and herbal drinks in spiritual and holistic rituals, to help improve and relax their minds and bodies.

      Herbal teas and matcha green tea are known to be a drink for improve your mental well-being and physical health

      Start your day right with matcha tea - via @ carlylancasterblog

      Matcha consists of both caffeine and l-theanine - a synergy that strengthens cognitive focus while enhancing mind relaxation. Matcha is the perfect drink to help you stay on top of your holiday to do list without feeling stressed.

      3. Get enough sleep

      Feeling drowsy and heavy-eyed is not how you want to start the holiday season. The amount of sleep you get defines your energy levels and productivity for your day.

      Having enough sleep is a good way to stay healthy during the Holidays. A cup of matcha after waking up helps refill your energy for a brand new day!

      Time for some beauty sleep - via @ebony_walton

      Moreover, lack of sleep is linked to weight gain as you are more tempted to eat in the anticipation of a sugar rush.

      So no matter how fun the party is or how much more work you need to complete, wrap it up at a reasonable hour and try to get a good night's sleep!

      4. Stay positive and stress-free

      Matcha green tea can increases the level of dopamine which helps your mind relax, stay positive and happy!

      Green, Bright, Positive, & Stress-free! - via @michelleharsworld

      Keeping yourself positive and stress-free is a difficult task when it can cause financial or interpersonal stress.

      It is ok to take a break from these pressures, forget the schedule and just do what you want to do. Set realistic Christmas goals and don’t be too hard on yourself if things don’t go to plan.

      Remember to treat yourself - it is the festive period after all! You’ll feel better for it, and ready to rock the best time of year.

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      November 23, 2016

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      Matcha Tea Yogurt Cheesecake

      The festive season is nearly upon us and we’ve come up with some awesome recipe ideas to help you plan those special holiday desserts.

      And this week we’d love to share with you another artistic and beautiful matcha dessert from Quinn Tran, aka @maashiieeIt’s a tasty Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake!

      Simple green tea cheesecake with unsweetened yogurt to  make it creamier in a healthy way.

      Quinn, or Quynh, is a professional baker and photographer from Vietnam. Quinn enjoys baking and taking photos of her creations. Go here to check out her splendid baked goods.

      This recipe from Quinn is super simple to follow and makes for a super smooth, creamy and delightful cheesecake with a subtle semi-sweet matcha flavour. The unsweetened yogurt adds to the healthy creaminess of the cheesecake’s texture, making it irresistibly soft and fluffy.

      Matcha Green Tea Yogurt Cheesecake

      • Size: 20 cm
      • Total time: 3.5 hours  (30 mins of making + 3 hours of waiting)

      Crust

      • 100g crackers, crushed
      • 60g unsalted butter, melted
      Method
      1. n a Ziploc bag, crush crackers until they become fine crumbs.
      2. Mix in the melted butter until all crumbs are thoroughly wet and stick together.
      3. Press the crust into a 20cm pan lined with baking paper.
      4. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

      Cheesecake

      • 250g cream cheese, room temperature
      • 85g sugar (powdered or granulated)
      • 140g unsweetened yogurt
      • 85g unsweetened milk
      • 8g matcha powder (adjust amount to your preference)
      • 220g whipping cream, lightly whipped
      • 5g gelatin powder
      Method
      1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
      2. Beat the yogurt into the cream cheese until smooth, to create mixture A.
      3. Lightly heat the milk and mix in the matcha powder.
      4. Add gelatin to cold water and let it stand for 5-10 minutes.
      5. Heat the gelatin gently, stirring until dissolved or until no visible powder sticks on to the stirring utensil.
      6. Add the gelatin mixture to the matcha-milk mixture, to create mixture B.
      7. Combine mix A and mix B, beating until smooth.
      8. Lightly whip the whipping cream with sugar, before folding it into the cream cheese mixture.
      9. Pour the mixture over the prepared crust.
      10. Chill in the freezer for at least three hours, or preferably overnight.
      11. Sprinkle the matcha powder over the cake to decorate.

      Note: The best way to remove the cake is by running a butter knife under hot water, or dipping it in a cup of hot water. Then run it along the edges of the cake to loosen the cake while keeping the sides smooth.

      Soft, fluffy matcha green tea yogurt cheesecake make the best Thanksgiving dessert for your loved ones!

      This soft, creamy, and delightfully sweet matcha cheesecake will definitely make for a gorgeous dessert for your holiday dinner table!

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      November 16, 2016

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      Vegan Chocolate Chip Matcha Banana Bread

       

      Vegan loaf of matcha choc chip banana bread is the perfect sweet dessert for family Thanksgiving dinner

      We are excited to share with you a great new recipe gem for the coming holidays - Vegan Chocolate Chips Matcha Banana Bread by Tess Begg.

      Tess is a vegan recipe maker from Sydney who has been working with us for a long time. You can visit Tess at her instagram and youtube to see more amazing holiday recipes.

      This vegan green tea and chocolate chip banana bread is a delicious recipe that will delight even the fussiest of eaters. The bread is soft, moist and delicious with the mild sweetness of matcha green tea and chocolate.

      The banana bread is made with dairy-free and unrefined sugar-free ingredients to cut down on the fat and sugar intake within your body during the holiday indulgence.   

      Matcha Chocolate Chip Vegan Banana Bread

       

      Matcha Chocolate Chip Vegan Banana Bread Recipe is the great Holiday idea for a festive dinner

      Ingredients

      • Two and a half ripe bananas
      • ⅓ cup vegan butter
      • ½ cup unrefined cane sugar
      • 1 tbsp rice malt syrup
      • 1 cup spelt flour
      • 1 tsp baking soda
      • 1 tsp matcha powder
      • 1 tbsp almond milk
      • ½ cup vegan chocolate chips

      Method

      1. Beat the bananas until smooth and creamy, before setting aside.
      2. Beat the butter, sugar and malt syrup in another bowl until creamy.
      3. Combine the banana with the butter mixture, using a hand mixer.
      4. Mix in the spelt flour, baking soda, matcha and almond milk to combine.
      5. Add the chocolate chips, mixing until incorporated.
      6. Transfer the batter into a bread tin lined with parchment paper.
      7. Top with some chocolate crumbs and half a slice of banana.
      8. Bake in a preheated oven at 180oC for 40 minutes.
      9. Allow the banana bread to cool before serving.

      Vegan Green Tea Matcha Banana Bread with chocolate chips brings the sweetest and delicious dessert for your party table

      This delectable matcha banana bread makes for a great weekend treat for you and your family. And for more insight, below is the video of Tess making this lovely breakfast treat.

       

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      November 09, 2016

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      Almond Matcha Tea Cookies

      Assorted flavoured Almond Cookies includes white chocolate cranberry almond cookies, matcha green tea almond cookies, and chocolate almond cookies

      Now we’re halfway through the week, we think this recipe is a sweet and delicious one to share with your loved ones for the coming weekend. Meet Cecilia Fung and her amazing Almond Matcha Cookies.

      Cecilia, or @ceceky,  is a speech therapist from Hong Kong. Although she is not a professional chef or baker, she is a foodie who loves home cooking. Cecilia learnt to bake after being inspired by different recipes from the internet as well as through her own experiences of baking desserts at home for her friends and family.

      Cecilia loves to track her baking journey on her social media to share with anyone who has a similar passion for special treats. You can check out Cecilia and her journey via instagram.

      Cecilia’s matcha cookies are a pleasant combination of rich nutty almonds and mildly sweet matcha green tea. The recipe is as easy as cookies!

      Matcha Almond Green Tea Cookies

      Ingredients

      • 100g butter, softened
      • 80g sugar
      • 1 egg
      • 200g flour
      • 50g almond flour
      • 25g almond flakes
      • 15g matcha powder

      Instruction

      1. Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
      2. Mix in the egg until well combined.
      3. Add in all the dry ingredients.
      4. Mix well to form the dough.
      5. Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours or overnight.
      6. Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius.
      7. Mold the dough into your desired shape.
      8. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden.
      9. Let the cookies cool before serving.

      Toasty batch of Almond Matcha Green Tea Cookies make the best treats for your afternoon tea

      Freshly baked from the oven and so delish. Grab a glass of milk, put your feet up and enjoy your day with these toasty cookies.

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      November 02, 2016

      Interview ›


      Kenko Chat: Made by Michelle with Michelle Mark

      Made by Michelle Mark - logo via IG @madebymichelle

      Happy November! The new month is here and we are excited to have a special guest for our monthly Kenko Chat.

      Let’s meet Michelle Mark, a devoted dessert maker from a favourite online bakery, based in Vancouver Canada, Made by Michelle Mark.

      Michelle is a loving mother of two little boys and an owner of the bakery and a stationery shop. She is also a DIY fanatic who loves anything pretty and creative. Michelle enjoys designing and making adorable stationery and beautiful desserts for her shop.

      Handmade stationery - invitation cards by Michelle Mark (IG @madebymichelle)

      Michelle is here today to tell us about her insights about matcha and to introduce us to her lovely shop and delicious desserts.

      P/s: All the images are credited to and owned by Michelle Mark

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      Can you tell us about your shop?

      We are a custom order bakery and available for delivery or pick up.  All our orders are baked fresh and from scratch, using only the best ingredients.

      Homemade sweet treats by Michelle Mark (IG @madebymichelle)

      We offer a one stop shop for dessert tables including linens, plates, backdrops and custom signs, banners and toppers. Not only are our products tasty, they are also presented nicely.

      Dessert and party tables designed by Michelle Mark (IG @madebymichelle)

      How did you first hear about matcha, how long have you been using it?

      I have always loved matcha desserts and drinks! Coming from an Asian background, I have frequently been exposed to many matcha products. So when I was experimenting with recipes for the bakery, matcha was one of the top flavours to include on the menu.

      How are you using matcha on your menu?

      We use it in cupcakes, chocolates, mousses, panna cottas and cakes.

      Delicious homemade Matcha Green Tea desserts, cakes, chocolates, etc. @madebymichelle

      What’s the most popular matcha item on the menu?

      Cupcakes!

      Best-seller Matcha Cupcakes by Michelle Mark

      Have you noticed an increasing demand for matcha lately?

      Sales have been very steady.

      Do you have a favourite matcha dish?

      I love matcha bubble tea!  I know it's not a dish, but it’s my favourite.  Otherwise if I have to choose, I would pick green tea mochi ice-cream.

      Anything else you’d like to share about your bakery?

      We always strive to be different, offering exciting new products. So check us out!

      Thank you Michelle. Your desserts, especially the matcha ones, look amazing and luscious. We wish all the best and hope to see more matcha sweets on your menu.

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      October 26, 2016

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      Halloween Matcha Pancakes + Blackberry Sauce

      Halloween is almost here and we’ve decided to celebrate the occasion at Kenko Tea.

      Why not start your Halloween right with a healthy and spookalicious meal? Today we have Halloween breakfast recipe Halloween Spinach Matcha Pancakes and Blackberry Spirulina Sauce by the awesome Jo from @healthyeating_jo to help you do just that.

      Matcha Vegan Pancakes served with Blackberry Spirulina Sauce for the spookalicous Halloween!

      Jo is a mum of two and a vegan fanatic from Sydney. She recently left her corporate career to become a full time food blogger. Jo loves healthy food, fitness and photography - passions which led her onto the food blogging path.

      Jo enjoys keeping herself fit and making healthy and protein packed versions of her favourite treats, living under the mantra that healthy should never be boring.

      Jo’s healthy eating journey is evolving as she continues to explore and learn new things and she recently adopted plant-based lifestyle with the hope to inspire more people into healthy eating. Check out Jo’s journey at:

      There is no trick with Jo’s Halloween Pancakes as they are plant-based, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. The matcha gives the recipe a nice and mildly sweet flavour, which pairs well with the delicious blackberry spirulina sauce.

      These pancakes will undoubtedly bring the fun and appropriate spookiness for your Halloween!

      Halloween Matcha Pancakes + Blackberry Spirulina Sauce

      (Serves 1-2)

      Ingredients

      Matcha Pancakes

      • 125g Orgran Buckwheat Pancake mix
      • 1/2 banana sliced
      • 1/2 cup almond cashew milk, unsweetened
      • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
      • 1 tsp Kenko Tea matcha powder
      • Large handful baby spinach leaves

      Blackberry Spirulina Sauce

      • 3/4 cup frozen blackberries
      • 1 tsp tropical spirulina powder
      • 1/2 tsp granulated stevia
      • Sugar-free pancake syrup
      • A little bit of water

      Instructions

      1. Blend all the pancakes ingredients until thick and smooth
      2. Dollop the batter on a non-stick pan greased with coconut oil
      3. Cook both sides until golden then stack on plate
      4. Blend all sauce ingredients until smooth
      5. Add more water as needed to adjust the consistency.
      6. Serve the pancakes with the sauces and fresh blackberries.

      Healthy vegan gluten free matcha spinach pancakes served with yummy blackberry spirulina sauce is the AWESOME way to start your Halloween

      So delicious and healthy! Certainly not a trick, but definitely a treat. Happy Halloween!

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