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Kenko Chat: Hey There Sugar with Brooke

Hey There Sugar - Home-based Bakery specialized in sweets, chocolates, & candies

August is here and it’s time to welcome you back to our monthly Kenko Chat!

Today our guest is the creator and owner of a wonderful handmade chocolate and sweets online shop based in Sydney. She is also a huge matcha fan, and has created lots of luscious treats with it.

Let’s meet Brooke from Hey There Sugar!

Brooke is here to talk to us about her works with matcha and share her new and super delicious Matcha treats recipe made with Kenko matcha. You can check out more of her gorgeously sweet creations at:

Let’s hear from Brooke - and stay tuned for the secret Matcha Sweets recipe she shares after the interview...

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Q: Hello Brooke! Can you tell us about yourself and the shop?

Hey There Sugar was born from a love of beautiful and delicious things. At the moment, we specialise in chocolate and small treats but one day hope to expand our range.

Q: What’s the most popular item on the menu?

Definitely our matcha chocolate and our Nutella filled chocolate delights.

Nutella filled chocolate by Hey There Sugar @hey.there.sugar  Matcha Chocolate candy by Hey there sugar @hey.there.sugar

Photo: Nutella filled chocolate (L) & Matcha chocolate (R) - via @hey.there.sugar

Q: How are you using matcha on your menu?

We use matcha powder in our chocolates a lot, because we love the hit of flavour, as well as in our mini desserts, including our tarts, panna cotta, and mousse.

Matcha mousse by @heytheresugar.au  Matcha panna cotta by @hey.there.sugar

Photo: Matcha mousse (L) & Matcha panna cotta (R) - via @hey.there.sugar

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

We have been using matcha from the start and we really believe we need to increase Australia's access to matcha desserts. However, it was very different story five years ago when we were first introduced to it...

Q: Have you noticed increasing demand for it lately?

The demand for matcha desserts is stronger than ever and we are proud to be a part of it.

Matcha Chocolate Bark by Hey there sugar

Photo: Matcha chocolate bark - via @hey.there.sugar

Q: Do you have a favourite matcha dish?

We do have a weakness for matcha panna cotta, but anything with a standout matcha flavour is great.

Thank you, Brooke! It’s been a pleasure to learn more about you and Hey There Sugar. We hope to see more of your marvelous creations soon.

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Thanks for staying with us! As promised, Brooke shares her new recipe dedicated to Kenko Tea below.

No Bake Matcha Coconut Cake Slices

no baked matcha coco cake slices by Hey There Sugar, Australia

Photo via @hey.there.sugar

Ingredients

  • 500g white chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 125ml thickened cream
  • 2 tbsp matcha powder*
  • 250g chocolate biscuits
  • 25g coconut oil**

*The amount can be adjusted to suit your taste

**This can be substituted with normal butter if you desire

Method

  1. Line a 20cm x 15cm tin (or equivalent) with baking paper
  2. Blitz chocolate biscuits & coconut oil together until they reach a fine crumb consistency
  3. Press the biscuit mix onto the baking paper to form the base, making sure it is tightly packed
  4. Bring the cream close to boil before removing it from the stove
  5. Stir in the chopped white chocolate until it has melted into the cream
  6. Sift in the matcha powder, mixing it until smooth
  7. Pour the matcha mixture on top of the biscuit base
  8. Set the slice in the fridge for at least eight hours
  9. Remove the slice gently from the tin once it has set
  10. Sift the matcha powder over the slice to balance its sweetness
  11. Cut with a hot knife and enjoy!

Raw matcha coconut cake slices by Hey There Sugar with Kenko Tea Matcha Powder

Photo via @hey.there.sugar

Notes:

  • Baking paper is the same as parchment paper
  • Make sure all edges of the tray are lined, so it is easy to remove when set
  • A Nutribullet was used to create the biscuit crumbs, but a food processor or a rolling pin and ziplock bag would work as well
  • Run a knife under hot water to heat it up before cutting the slice

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This adorable, bite-sized slice is perfect as delicious gifts or served up at a party. Enjoy!

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