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Vegan Matcha Buns with Raspberry Jam

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Matcha is a type of delicately powdered Japanese green tea (Camellia sinensis). The green tea leaves of matcha plant are grown in shades three weeks prior to picking resulting in brighter coloured and nutrient rich green tea leaves. These leaves are steamed, stemmed and de-vined, then stone ground very slowly with stone grinding wheels to create a very fine bright emerald green coloured powder. There are two grades of matcha powder available, namely ceremonial grade and food/culinary grade. The good quality ceremonial grade green tea leaves are used for Japanese tea ceremony and the food/culinary grade leaves are used to flavour and colour food, desserts and drinks like tempura, soba noodles, mocha, ice cream, chocolates, candies and lollies, cakes like Swiss rolls, cheese cakes and cupcakes, breads, pastries, cookies, lattes, smoothies, milk shakes, puddings, mousse, iced drinks, liqueurs and even beers. The most popular bread available in Asian bakeries worldwide is matcha or green tea buns with sweet red bean paste fillings. For my gluten free Japanese recipe, I made these gluten free matcha buns filled with homemade raspberry jam. These buns are also vegan, dairy free, nut free, corn free, egg free, refined sugar free and allergy friendly.

Matcha green tea originated from China and has a very long history dated all the way back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). During this era, tea leaves were typically steamed and then shaped into tea bricks for easy storage and transportation for trade. During the Song Dynasty (960-1279), powdered green tea were produced from the steam dried leaves. The most popular way of consuming this powdered green tea was to mix with hot water. The Zen (Chan) Buddhist monk named Eisai, brought this ceremonial way of preparing and consuming powdered green tea back to Japan in 1191. This ritual became enormously popular amongst the elite societies during the 14th and 16th centuries. Whereas in modern day, the popularity of matcha worldwide has never been grander.

Today, matcha green tea powdered is counted as one of the utmost potent super foods extensively available on the market. Matcha is an excellent source of antioxidant from its polyphenols, catechins and chlorophyll components. Together with its abundance of amino acids like L-theanine and theophylline, matcha is packed with nutrients. Health benefits of matcha include enhanced mental concentration and alertness; supports relaxation and calms the mind; boost the immune system; prevent bacterial, viral and fungal infections; reduce risks of cancer; prevent type-2 diabetes by lowering cholesterol and blood sugar; promotes natural detoxification; maintain cardiovascular health; aids digestive health; and assists in weight loss.

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4 Responses

  1. What could be a better combo than pastry and raspberry jam. Love it

    • daphnegoh
      | Reply

      I totally agree with you. Thanks Amanda. :)

  2. Riz @ Chocolates & Chai
    | Reply

    I have such a weakness for a raspberry jam filling! These sound divine!

    • daphnegoh
      | Reply

      Raspberry jam is really tasty indeed. Thanks Riz. :)

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