i need to make Green tea flavored buttercream. Anyone know of an extract or should i just brew some strong green tea, cool and use as my liquid in making buttercream? Ideas?
I've used Japanese matcha tea powder in a cake. It has a lovely taste.
The taste is really spring gras green tea, very fresh. The Japanese themselves use it a lot in pastry. It is expensive though when you buy a good quality.
It pairs good with white chocolate, pear.. passion fruit..
I've used it as well as a natural food colouring in my marzipan, wich turned out beautiful.
When you use to much you get the taste of grass, wich is not so.. Try a teaspoon first.
I am afraid just green tea won't work. I am not sure though. You can use just so little of a liquid in BC. I don't now if you will be able to get the flavour strong enough. When you make a reduction over fire it will probable get too bitter.. But I didn't try myself.
I agree with the above poster. Use fresh matcha (or very finely grind any green tea that you like the flavor of - must be very finely ground to not make the frosting gritty) and sift it with your powdered sugar. I have done this before to go with a green tea flavored cake. I used about 2 teaspoons of matcha to around 3 cups of powdered sugar. How much tea you use really depends on how strong of a flavor you want.
I use the Matcha. I ordered it online from teazonline.com. As was stated, if you use too much it will taste like grass. A little goes a long way! I use it in cakes, cookies and buttercream...
I agree with all of the previous posters - matcha green tea powder will give you a lovely green tea flavour and it will also lend a nice green tea colour to the icing without food dyes as well!
I think it's safe to say that matcha green tea is the safest one to use when it comes making a green tea buttercream frosting
Try this recipe and see if you like it or not
1 1/2 (about 6 ounces) sticks unsalted butter softened
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
2 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
Using an electric hand/stand mixer on medium-high speed cream the butter with one third of the sugar until well blended. Add in the remaining sugar one-third at a time, blending well between each addition. Add in the milk and matcha powder and beat until light and fluffy.
Please let me know how this turns out for you if you do end up trying out this recipe