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Green tea-flavored petits fours with a green tea whipped cream and decorated with green tea marzipan. This recipe could also be adapted to make a layer cake or tube cake. The powdered green tea used here is called matcha, the powdered kind used in Japanese tea ceremonies.
Japanese Green Tea Petits Fours
- 2 eggs
- 3 egg yolks
- 6 tablespoons white sugar
- 1/3 cup cake flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon powdered green tea
- 2 egg whites
- 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
Green Tea Whipped Cream:
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons powdered green tea
- 4 teaspoons superfine sugar
Green Tea Marzipan:
- 6 tablespoons almond paste
- 1 teaspoon powdered green tea
- confectioners' sugar for dusting
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease an 11x7 inch pan. Line bottom with parchment paper and grease and flour paper.
- Sift together the flour, cornstarch and 1 tablespoon green tea. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs, yolks and 6 tablespoons sugar until tripled in volume, about 5 minutes.
- Fold flour mixture into whipped eggs. In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy. Add 2 tablespoons sugar, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form.
- Fold 1/3 of the whites into the batter, then quickly fold in remaining whites until no streaks remain.
- Spread batter into prepared pan.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until center of cake springs back when lightly tapped.
- Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, then invert onto a flat surface. Let cool.
- To make the Green Tea Whipped Cream: In a medium bowl, whisk the heavy cream with 4 teaspoons superfine sugar and 2 teaspoons green tea until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
- To make the Decorative Green Tea Marzipan: Knead the almond paste with 1 teaspoon green tea. Roll out between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, or lightly dust with confectioners' sugar while rolling.
- When the cake is cool, remove parchment paper from bottom of cake.
- Cut cake horizontally down the middle to make two layers.
- Spread bottom layer with 1/2 of the whipped cream, then cover with top layer of cake and spread top with remaining whipped cream.
- Cut assembled cake into 12 pieces using a knife or decorative cutters.
- Roll out the marzipan and cut into 12 pieces to match the shapes of the cakes. Place the decorative marzipan pieces on top of cakes.