Made in Japan recently got together with Konomi Matcha to put on a special Matcha Workshop. We explored the history of the matcha tea ceremony as well as learning how to utilise this versatile ingredient in everyday cooking. Everyone who came along was treated to a packet of Konomi Matcha as well as a Lopsided Tea mug from Made in Japan.
[Set and ready for guests to arrive]
Paris from Konomi Matcha taught us how to identify quality matcha as well as talking us through the different preparation equipment that is required for making this delicious beverage at home. You might be surprised to learn that all green tea including matcha comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant or “Tea Shrub”—it is however the processes that come after which will define its final expression.
[Sampling premium matcha]
[Using traditional whisk + bowl]
After sharing in the traditional matcha tea we got into making some matcha waffles. This simple recipe is a great introduction into cooking with matcha. The earthy and natural flavour profile of matcha pairs beautifully with the crunchy texture of the waffles. They are delicious on their own but you can also add toppings to really set them off. We recommend a quality natural yoghurt and fresh fruit. See the recipe below to learn how to make your own Matcha Waffles at home.
[Making matcha waffles]
[Matcha waffles w/ yoghurt + strawberry]
[Matcha morning tea]
The day was a lot of fun and we can’t wait to do it again. If you have any questions about matcha or have an idea for a workshop please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us.
Matcha Waffles Recipe
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 3 scoops (flat teaspoons) Konomi Matcha- Plain, Vanilla or Maple
- ¼ cup caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ¾ cups milk
- 3 eggs
- 125g butter, melted & cooled slightly
- 2 cups Mascapone or thick rich yoghurt
- 2 scoops (flat teaspoons) Konomi Matcha- Plain, Vanilla or Maple
- 1-2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
- Fresh Berries, for serving
- Maple syrup, for serving
- Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Whisk milk and eggs together.
- Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Pour the milk mixture into the well along with the melted butter and stir until combined & smooth. Leave batter to rest for 10-20 minutes.
- Pre-heat waffle maker following manufacturer's instructions.
- Pour ½ cup of batter evenly on the centre of the waffle plate and close the lid. Cook until golden brown (time depends on your waffle maker) Remove waffle and repeat with remaining mixture.
- Topping: Stir Matcha & maple syrup into Mascarpone or yoghurt until well combined. For serving place waffles onto plate, top with a large dollop of Matcha mascarpone, berries & a extra drizzle of Maple syrup.
Makes: 8 Waffles