I was asked to review Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder made by Kiss Me Organics, and I couldn’t have been more excited. I love trying out my ol’ taste buds on something new and different for me, not to mention that I love to create my own recipes as well.
I had some unusual products made with Green Tea in the past year, one of which was Green Tea Ice Cream, something that I was curious about but wouldn’t have bought ot for myself for the fear that I wouldn’t like it (we are all watching out pennies now a days, aren’t we?) When this review was offered up I couldn’t help but sign up for this review to see what I could make with it and see if I would like it.
I wanted to learn more about this green tea powder, it’s uses and benefits. I already knew one thing about green tea, it is a very good antioxidant. Being an antioxidant, I had heard that green tea, itself, helps to prevent cancer. Since my husband had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma & bladder cancer… we’ve had more green tea around the house, hoping that my husband and I could benefit from drinking it.
Reading the label on the Organic Matcha, I learned a lot about this product, the benefits, some of the uses and more.
Some benefits listed on the label:
Anti Aging – All Day Energy (Energy Booster) – Metabolism Boost (Calorie Burner) – Increase Focus – Improve Skin Health – 137X Antioxidants of Brewed Green Tea
More Information About the Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder:
Culinary Grade Green Tea Powder – USDA Organic – Free From Chemicals & Preservatives
A Very Good Reason to make Match a part of your Daily life (I believe this bit of information is so important, that it needed it’s own Heading!):
Evidence shows that EGCG (a strong Matcha antioxidant), can generate NEW BRAIN CELLS by focusion on the part of the brain that deals with short and long term memory.
At first I just thought the matcha was going to be a form of an instant tea. When I saw the pretty green cupcake on the label, and the mention of baking, my brain started running wild with what Flavors would taste good with the Green Tea. Being cautious with the taste-buds in my household, I thought that a sweet cupcake was the best idea indeed… so at first I thought I would find a combination of Honey and Lemon.
A neighbor had recently introduced me to “Cake Mix Cookies” and told me how simple they were to make. So I decided to play around with a Cake Mix (I chose yellow) for an easy cupcake recipe. I was surprised that my first attempt at this was highly successful! My husband and I both loved my creation (recipe coming up). I even decided to share 5 of my cupcakes with the neighbors, they all seemed to really like it. One even commented that they would give it an 8 out of 10 but, if I brought more over I would get a 10! lol
The frosting I made for this Green Tea Cupcake was also a hit and we found it added some more fruity sweetness to the cupcakes (this recipe is coming up too!) This just goes to show you how very excited I am to use a product when I create my own recipe just for the review.
I take the risk of posting my creation for all of you my beauties, as well as for the company that supplied the product (If post my recipe, all I ask for is a link back to my blog in exchange for sharing my recipe). I really can’t wait for some of you to try to make this and let me know what you think of my invention… at the same time I have nervous excitement, after all, it’s my baby and I am setting out into the big wide world to be used and judged by others.
Again the idea for this Cupcake came from a friend telling me about her Cake Mix Cookies & hearing how they just add things to the cake mix cookies to make new and different flavors.
Preheat Oven to: whatever your cake mix recommends for cupcakes & your pan color. (I usually turn down the oven by 25 degrees when it’s a dark pan.)
Mariah’s Lemony, Green Tea Cupcakes:
- 1 Cake Mix – white or yellow (I used yellow Generic Cake Mix)
- 1 Large Lemon or 2 Small Lemons – you will be using the Lemon zest & the juice. (I used 2 small lemons, as the only cost me about 54 Cents each and a large Lemon was almost 2 dollars)
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons of Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder (I used 2 Tablespoons, but next time I may cut it down to 1, some people weren’t to sure about the green tea aftertaste… personally I liked it).
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Extract (Optional) I had decided, by smell, that I wanted to add even more lemony kick to the cupcakes
- & Misc. ingredients called for on cake mix – (I used 3 eggs and the 1/3 Cup of Canola Oil).
1) Lightly Zest your Lemon(s) into a small bowl – (making sure not to get the white part in the zest.) I set the bowl with the Zest & the Zest tool aside .
2) Squeeze out the Juice of your Lemon(s) into your liquid measuring cup. Add enough water to liquid measuring cup to equal the water amount called for in the Cake Mix instructions.
3) In the small bowl of lemon zest, pour your Lemon-Water Mix over the zester into the bowl (so as not to waste any of the flavor filled zest).
4) With Mixer on very low speed, slowly add your ingredients to the cake mix, scrape the sides of the bowl and once mixed well turn up the blender to the mixers cake setting (on my mixer, that is about Medium speed).
5) Place in Oven, the Cupcakes will be done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean
Once the Cupcakes are cooled you can frost them.
For this frosting I was inspired by Wilton’s French Buttercream Frosting Recipe
3/4 cup of Frozen or fresh Blackberries (blend this up well in your blender, if you wish you may strain the seeds out in a fine mesh strainer) <— I have an excellent blender and so I didn’t need to strain the seeds out, you could hardly detect them.
2/3 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 Cup Frozen Blackberries Blended (Optional: you can put through a fine mesh Sieve to get rid of the seeds, I didn’t)
1 Cup butter , softened
- 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
Place sugar, flour and salt in saucepan and mix thoroughly, stir in Blended Blackberries. Cook over medium heat and stir constantly until very thick. Remove from heat and pour into a medium mixing bowl.
Cool to room temperature. Add 1/2 cup butter at a time (cut into several pieces) and beat at medium-high speed until smooth.
Add vanilla and beat well.
Chill icing for a few minutes before decorating.
HINT: For Easter Cupcakes, like I made, add some jellybeans! Nummy!
Iced cupcakes must be refrigerated until serving time.
I did a search on ehow for recipes for skin care with Matcha Green Tea Skin… now if you follow this link you will see a huge list of uses for your skin (after the top sponsored links that is) the list of uses for your skin goes from Soap Making to Moisturizers all with Green Tea (Matcha).
I thank Kiss Me Organics for entrusting me for this review, I am in love with their Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder and I look forward to playing with it more as time goes on.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.