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Matcha Cocoa Nibbed Shortbread and a Giveaway #20

Biscuits, Giveaway, Tea | 8th January 2013 | By

Since CT first bought some matcha back from Japan a few years ago, I have been in love with the stuff. Matcha is a Japanese green tea, very finely ground and stirred into hot water to make a beautiful bright green beverage. It also works wonderfully well in baking, where it not only gives a lovely colour, but acts as a good foil for all that sweetness. Here are some of the ways I’ve already used it:

When I was sent a packet of ceremonial matcha to try recently from Matcha Factory, I got very excited. It’s been a while since I had any to drink and even longer since I did any baking with it. Tea is a serious business in Japan and ceremonial matcha is the finest grade available, made from the youngest and sweetest leaves. It is thus the most expensive; this 50g packet costs Β£18.95. If you are interested in using matcha for baking purposes only, then a coarser and cheaper version would be fine.

The tea gave me the opportunity to try out the two new glasses I recently picked up for 40p in one of our local charity shops. The tea itself has a unique and distinctive flavour which I took to very readily.

Matcha is a bit of a wonder and guess what? It has achieved “superfood” status. It is reported to have 137 times the antioxidants of normal green tea and is said to increase the metabolism, boost the immune system, improve concentration and help the body fight cancer.

Given these wondrous properties, the shortbread biscuits I made with it, are ideal fare for  the leaner, meaner, healthier month of January. Yes there is some sugar in them, but for biscuits, it’s a relatively small amount and it’s balanced by all the matcha health benefits. I’ve used half wholemeal spelt in the mix and wholewheat semolina rather than white. Cocoa nibs are packed full of another set of health giving properties and the matcha element has already been covered.

This is how I made matcha cocoa nibbed shortbread

  • Creamed 75g vanilla sugar (caster) with 150g salted butter until light and fluffy.
  • Added 1 tbsp matcha and creamed some more.
  • Sifted in 100g wholemeal spelt flour, 100g white flour and 50g wholewheat semolina.
  • Stirred to combine until a sandy mixture was achieved.
  • Halved the mixture and pressed into two 6″ (15 cm) tin foil flan cases.
  • Pricked all over with a fork.
  • Baked at 150C for 25 minutes.
  • Dusted one with vanilla (caster) sugar and cut into triangles and turned the other one out onto a board before dusting with sugar.

Oh my, this shortbread was good. It was lovely and soft and melted in the mouth with added textural interest being added by the chewy cocoa nibs. The flavour was perfect for me, not too strong but well defined and of course, I adore the colour. If you prefer something a little sweeter, you could substitute the cocoa nibs for the chocolate of your choice chopped into bits or even leave out the chocolate element all together.

Giveaway – not only have I been offered a 50g packet of ceremonial matcha to giveaway to one lucky reader, but it comes with a whisk (chasen) and scoop so you can create your own authentic cup of Japanese tea. This is worth over Β£40. 
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    Sheila
    8th January 2013

    Give it to my daughter who spending several years in Japan now loves anything Japanese. She learnt the tea ceremony while there. Perhaps she will treat me to the whole experience

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    Lisa Williams
    8th January 2013

    I would love to make the shortbread you made it looks amazing, I would probably end up drinking a lot of it too!

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    Sarah Maclean
    8th January 2013

    Would try making the Rhubarb, Matcha and Chocolate Marble Cake, sounds delicious!

  4. Leave a Reply

    ladyj
    8th January 2013

    I would most certainly try the battenburg recipe as it looks and sounds scrummy

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    Caroline
    8th January 2013

    I’ve seen lots of cake recipes using matcha powder so would try them out!

  6. Leave a Reply

    Helen Dickinson
    8th January 2013

    I would give it to my sister! She loves this sort of thing and needs a treat as she broke her foot on boxing day. x

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    Suelle
    8th January 2013

    Your shortbread looks amazing. I would like to try matcha in something similar, where the flavour would be quite concentrated. There are several biscuit recipes on my blog which would work well.

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    ella87310
    8th January 2013

    I would make the shortbread and then sit back relax eating it along with a cup of Matcha tea.

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    Shaheen
    8th January 2013

    Bake with it, maybe make your shortbread recipe or cupcakes.

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    GG
    8th January 2013

    I’ve read a lot about matcha but not tried it, I’d definitely want to drink it first. GG

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    carolynncrabb58
    9th January 2013

    I would use it in a cake as the subtle background flavour – maybe a madiera base

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    Angie's Recipes
    9th January 2013

    I love green tea! Never thought of using it with cocoa though…the shortbread looks marvelous.

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    Amelia
    9th January 2013

    Hi, your short bread look awesome. I like green tea, excellent for our health.
    Have a nice week ahead, regards.

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    MaryMoh
    9th January 2013

    Your shortbread looks amazing! First time I see green shortbread….haha. Love that you used spelt flour. I have always been much intrigued by all the recipes using matcha but have not seen matcha here in Aberdeen. I would love to try it one day, especially your matcha shortbread. I like using spelt flour so I will be using spelt flour too. Thanks very much for the giveaway. Hope luck comes my way πŸ˜€

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    Jill @ MadAboutMacarons
    9th January 2013

    Happy New Year to you, Choclette! I love Matcha – and making Matcha and rose macarons would be wonderful to use this but your shortbread? Wow. Bet the taste is just as fabulous as it looks.

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    JaynesDen
    9th January 2013

    I will definitely try to bake your shortbread. I have a dear friend who adores shortbread. I will be a real treat for him.

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    Jessica Cheung
    9th January 2013

    I would make Matcha Macarons with red bean fillings ~ served with green tea! Heaven!

    Jessica
    Hiuyun88@gmail.com

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    laura@howtocookgoodfood
    9th January 2013

    I would love to both drink the Matcha tea and use it in baking. This is a shortbread with colour, all good and delicious too, I just know it!

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    Zoe
    9th January 2013

    Hope that I can win this giveaway. I will use this to make a green tea sponge cake.

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    Alida
    10th January 2013

    this looks like an interesting tea.I would used it to moist the sponge of a cake and fill it all with creme patisserie!

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    Hannah
    10th January 2013

    Love the colour of your shortbread! I’d love to make matcha martinis!

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    Janice
    10th January 2013

    I’d make a Matcha Green Tea and Sweet Chestnut Cake (recipe from JapanCentre.com) It’s gorgeous! but my son has recently visited Japan twice in the last year – so it will be a toss-up as to whether we drink it or I cook with it!

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    Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce
    10th January 2013

    I got given some cocoa nibs for Christmas and was hoping to make some shortbread with them. Great idea to use some matcha, especially for a January to create an antioxidant double dose!

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    Galina Varese
    11th January 2013

    I have never tried Matcha, and would love to expand my tea drinking knowledge. Love the 40p glass for tea, reminded me of the long trips by train in Russia where tea has always been served in this type of glass. The recipe looks lovely.

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    Johanna GGG
    11th January 2013

    lovely flavours – looks like just the sort of shortbread I love – I love the look of the cup of matcha tea but am unsure about the flavour as there aren’t many teas I like but I can see why it is in a glass mug πŸ™‚

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    lucky321
    11th January 2013

    i`d make some healthy lunch box treats like flapjacks and cookies x

  27. Leave a Reply

    Jane C
    11th January 2013

    I would have to try the short bread recipe, ive never made it before this would be a great way to break me in

  28. Leave a Reply

    Jenni
    11th January 2013

    I’ll try something new – make a surprise for my family!

  29. Leave a Reply

    Steve
    11th January 2013

    Love the blog, and hadn’t heard of Matcha until today, definitely going to give it a try!

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    Anonymous
    11th January 2013

    I would try a green tea shot as I heard good things about drinking it with orange juice or similar.

    @rachiegr

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    anitamrea
    11th January 2013

    I love a slightly savory ingredient to put into cakes. I’d bake one and then have a big slice with a nice steamy cup of tea.

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    Laura
    11th January 2013

    I would definitely love to try the shortbread you made with some of it!! Sounds and looks lovely!!! πŸ™‚ very different!!!

    Thank you!

    @SaladScoffer

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    Kim
    11th January 2013

    I’d make it into a yummy smoothie with yoghurt,berries & banana! xo

  34. Leave a Reply

    littlebean
    11th January 2013

    I’d give the shortbread a go and of course i’ll make some tea to go with it!

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    emma
    11th January 2013

    My friend is obsessed with Japanese culture so I would make her drinks & biscuits

  36. Leave a Reply

    Rebecca Phillips
    12th January 2013

    use your shortbread recipe. im rubbish at cooking

  37. Leave a Reply

    Keith Osborne
    12th January 2013

    Being almost addicted to Battenburg I would have to try using it in your recipe.

  38. Leave a Reply

    Lynn
    12th January 2013

    Make a Japanese style Matcha tiramisu like the ones that come in individual cups at the Japan Centre in London

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    Anonymous
    12th January 2013

    would drink it , may try out the shortbread.

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    sarah rees
    12th January 2013

    i think id try and drink it, and attempt a shortbread recipe with it, although my last attempt at shortbread failed badly… haha!

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    Helen Moulden
    12th January 2013

    Would make the shortbread! Even though I’m useless at baking… Maybe that should be ‘attempt to make’.

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    Jen Price
    12th January 2013

    I’d make it into some bitesize cakes to enjoy with a cup of the matcha tea

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    tracyac
    12th January 2013

    Would definitely like to try the shortbread. Love shortbread and that sounds delicious. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ Good luck to everyone x

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    Debbie s
    12th January 2013

    Definitely shortbread!

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    katrinao
    12th January 2013

    some gorgeous shortbread, a great delicacy in Bonnie Scotland xx

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    kelly
    12th January 2013

    I don’t know, it would be so hard, i love shortbread but i love trying new tea, probably the tea πŸ™‚ such a hard decision!

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    Sarah
    12th January 2013

    I’d make matcha green tea lattes!

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    Andrea Johnson
    13th January 2013

    I love the look of that shortbread!

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    Solange
    13th January 2013

    Make your shortbread recipe

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    Anonymous
    13th January 2013

    I would make the shortbread, albeit nervously as the last time I made shortbread was at school and it caught fire (the shortbread that is, not the school!)

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    Kerry Locke
    13th January 2013

    I’d certainly give the shortbread a go – have several cups of tea and maybe try a green tea cake !

  52. Leave a Reply

    Jo Y
    13th January 2013

    I would definitely try your shortbread recipe
    Jo Young

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    Isabel O'Brien
    13th January 2013

    I’d probably use your recipe as I don’t have much imagination with these things.

    @yyesidolikecake

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    Holly
    14th January 2013

    Ahhh the shortbread is making me hungry! Looks fabulous.

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    Simon
    17th January 2013

    I drink it already, was thinking of making cookies with some πŸ™‚

    Simon.

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    Allan
    17th January 2013

    Come back to the Blog to find out what I could do with it.

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    Valerie B
    20th January 2013

    I would drink it, as you say it is the finest quality, and it sound amazingly healthy

  58. Leave a Reply

    lisa tebbutt
    24th January 2013

    i would look forward to use this if i win

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    @PaulM74
    26th January 2013

    Great giveaway, i want to win πŸ™‚

  60. Leave a Reply

    kate
    29th January 2013

    I’m a great fan of shortbread, and this looks amazing!

  61. Leave a Reply

    Emma
    30th January 2013

    This looks fascinating, I will have to try some πŸ™‚

  62. Leave a Reply

    Nic
    30th January 2013

    I’ve always wanted to try some Matcha, looks brilliant!

  63. Leave a Reply

    Anonymous
    3rd February 2013

    matcha cocoa nibbed shortbread

  64. Leave a Reply

    Kristy Brown
    3rd February 2013

    I would love to try it as a drink first as I am always a bit lethargic at this time of year and it certainly sounds like it would give me a boost!

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    Carl Upshon
    3rd February 2013

    I would let my girlfriend have it and she loves baking so I would be able to try whatever creation she comes up with!

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    Peanutbunny
    3rd February 2013

    I’d want to try just drinking it as I’ve never tried it before! The health benefits sound amazing. πŸ™‚

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    caroline s
    3rd February 2013

    first thing I’d do is drink a lovely big, hot glass of it and then I’d try baking with it

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    NICOLA TERRY
    4th February 2013

    I’d probably start off with something easy like the shortbread or cookies or something like that but apparently you can add it to ice cream which sounds interesting

  69. Leave a Reply

    Wendy Lam
    4th February 2013

    I want to try to reproduce your Triple Layer Macha Chocolate Cake before Mother Day and if it works out bake one for my mum who sometimes I wonder if she loves chocolate more than me.

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    Anonymous
    4th February 2013

    Make the shortbread for my husband, he loves it!

  71. Leave a Reply

    Natalie White
    4th February 2013

    Give it to my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day – it’s right up his street and I’m sure he could make some lovely things with it πŸ˜€

  72. Leave a Reply

    Anonymous
    4th February 2013

    Attempt to make shortbread…I’m a terrible cook but I keep trying! πŸ˜€

    @EmaKinsella

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    Matt Hudson
    4th February 2013

    Would try and make the shortbread!

    @hudson3lb

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    Anonymous
    4th February 2013

    I would love to try out your shortbread recipe. It looks scrummy!!!

    @Anglorain

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    Joanne Benham
    4th February 2013

    I love baking so I’d try your shortbread first, then maybe incorporate it into a cake x

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    Vickix
    4th February 2013

    Might try this for valentine’s tea.

  77. Leave a Reply

    Bruce
    4th February 2013

    share it with my Filipina friend who loves this sort of thing

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    Anonymous
    4th February 2013

    The Shortbread sound great πŸ™‚

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    Anonymous
    4th February 2013

    Invite my friends around for a new experience of Japanese tea

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    sharon angelz rice
    4th February 2013

    love your blog amazing recipes

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    Rachel
    4th February 2013

    It would have to be tea and biscuits. Well matcha cookies, to be exact πŸ™‚

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    karen
    4th February 2013

    defo shortbread- my fav!! – not very good when your on a diet then

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    sairz eastham
    4th February 2013

    I would give brownies a go with it πŸ™‚

  84. Leave a Reply

    Karis
    5th February 2013

    Make some kind of shortbread

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    alisa moore
    5th February 2013

    make a matcha latte

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    elff73
    5th February 2013

    i would have to make a cake or some cupcakes yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy

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    Stephen Postlethwaite
    5th February 2013

    Make cakes, om nom nom

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    liz ferguson
    5th February 2013

    I’d drink it…. sounds lovely!

  89. Leave a Reply

    nutunit
    5th February 2013

    I would love to make the shortbread

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    Anonymous
    5th February 2013

    Haven’t got a clue at the moment but would love to find a Slimming World friendly recipe all for me πŸ™‚

    Becci Cleary

    @Beccicleary87

    rcleary57@yahoo.com

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    MANDY DOHERTY
    5th February 2013

    I’d try the shortbread recipe

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    erinyslondon
    5th February 2013

    What an amazing giveaway !
    I attended a Tea Ceremony course whilst visiting Kyoto in December.
    Matcha is too precious to do anything else than drink but I’ve learned how to use the whisk and make it nicely foam πŸ˜‰
    If it was lesser quality sencha, I would make Sencha-misu πŸ˜‰

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    helen
    5th February 2013

    I like the idea of the Battenburg cake ,so i think i would try and bake one of those first

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    Cat
    5th February 2013

    I would use it to drink as know it’s good for you as full of antioxidents.

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    Arabella
    5th February 2013

    I’d like to try and make the shortbread and if it was not so cold I would try using it in a sorbet. But just a refreshing glass of Matcha would do!

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    kellyjo walters
    5th February 2013

    first thing I’d do is to make a cup of tea to try it in its perfect form, than I’d try it with a dark chocolate sponge cake

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    J Mandeville
    5th February 2013

    Id drink it to see what it tastes like, then if I liked it I’d buy some of the cheaper stuff to bake with. It seems a shame to use such an expensive product in baking.

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    ruth mclees
    5th February 2013

    turn it into match lattes….mmmmm

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