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Matcha Blondies or do I mean Greenies? – We Should Cocoa #71

Matcha Blondies

As some of you may have noticed, since trying matcha in baking a few years ago, with this matcha, rhubarb and chocolate cake, I’ve become rather a fan. Matcha, which is somewhat bitter with umami notes offsets the sweetness of the sugar nicely. I was recently overtaken by a craving for something sweet and I realised I’d never made matcha blondies. Game, set and matcha.

Blondies are basically brownies made with white chocolate in lieu of dark chocolate or cocoa. These matcha blondies are in fact very green and should perhaps be called greenies. What do you think? Look away now if you’re trying to avoid sugar. There is an awful lot of it in this recipe. I like to think some of the sugar rush effect is mitigated by the healthy matcha, wholemeal spelt and real free-range eggs, but I’m probably kidding myself.

Matcha Blondies

Matcha, which is a Japanese powdered green tea, is reckoned to contain all sorts of nutritional benefits. It’s also quite expensive, so I don’t actually bake with it as much as I’d like. Helen over at Fuss Free Flavours was kind enough to send me a tin recently, so I happened to have some to hand.

This is such an easy bake to make, with little fuss or mess. It’s all done in the saucepan so washing up is minimal. Win win. Why not pin the image below for a handy reminder of the recipe.

Matcha Blondies

Whether you call these matcha blondies, brownies or greenies, they are just as delicious as I’d hoped. As you’d expect, they are more sophisticated than your average version of a brownie or blondie. The matcha is an excellent foil for the sweetness of the bake and the bits of white chocolate get nicely caramelised. The texture is slightly squidgy and becomes almost fudge like by the next day. In fact, these are best made the day before you need them.

Matcha Blondies
Yields 12
Quick and easy to make, these matcha blondies are more sophisticated than your average brownie or blondie. They're also totally scrumptious.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 140g (5oz) unsalted butter,
  2. 200g (7oz) white chocolate
  3. pinch of sea salt
  4. 225g (8oz) caster sugar (I used vanilla sugar)
  5. 2 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  6. 100g wholemeal spelt flour
  7. ยฝ tsp baking powder
  8. 20g (ยพoz) matcha powder
Instructions
  1. Place the butter and 150g of the chocolate into a large saucepan and melt over a very gently heat.
  2. Remove from the heat and beat in the sugar and salt.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one by one, then sieve in the dry ingredients and stir.
  4. Roughly chop the remaining chocolate and stir into the mix.
  5. Pour into a 20cm (8") sq silicon mould or lined tin and bake in the centre of the oven at 180โ„ƒ for about 30 minutes or until well risen, but with a slight wobble in the middle..
  6. Allow to cool, then cut into 12 squares or 9 bars depending on how big you like your brownies.
Notes
  1. The length of cooking time really depends on how squidgy you like your brownies. If they are too soft for your liking, they can always be returned to the oven for a bit longer.
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We Should Cocoa LogoThese are my submission to this month’s We Should Cocoa, which is Anything Goes. You still have until midnight on 28th to enter any recipes you’ve posted this month that include chocolate in some way, shape or form.

 

 

Love Cake LogoI’m also sending them to Love Cake with Ness at JibberJabberUK. The theme is Garden Party. I reckon these green matcha blondies with their camouflage fatigues would blend right in to a garden’s verdant growth. You could play hunt the cake! Note to self: draw a map first.

 

 

Treat Petite LogoThese matcha blondies also go to Baking Explorer and Cakeyboi for Treat Petite where Anything Goes this month.

 

 

Cook Blog ShareIt’s been a long time since I linked up with #CookBlogShare, but here goes. Snap Happy Bakes is hosting this month and it’s managed by Hijacked by Twins.

 

Other sweet matcha bakes you might like

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    Keep Calm and Fanny On
    25th July 2016

    These look super! I love Matcha, and really should use it more… It’s so expensive though, worth it in these treats I imagine!

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      Choclette
      26th July 2016

      Oh, but what would Fanny think? You can buy a lower grade matcha for baking purposes, but you’re right, it’s not for everyday use.

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    Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
    25th July 2016

    I’ve heard so many great things about match and yet I’ve never tried it. Given that you’ve said that it helps to off-set the sweetness in your fab blondies (but I love the name greenies for them) I really should give it a whirl.
    Angela x

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      Choclette
      26th July 2016

      It has a very distinctive taste Angela, but it’s well worth trying for the fab colour. If you’re not a green tea fan, you could use a smaller amount and see how you go.

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    Cathy @ Planet Veggie
    25th July 2016

    Matcha’s great but I have to hide it in things as I don’t like it on its own in water. I’m sure I could force some blondies down ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Choclette
      26th July 2016

      Being such a bright green, it’s hard to hide. The flavour of these is quite strong too, so if you did try making them, you might want to halve the amount.

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    Henk Kooiman
    25th July 2016

    They look ‘special’ in a hulky sort of way. Wonder what they taste like. Matcha powder is indeed quite expensive here too. Maybe I’ll give them a go ….

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      Choclette
      26th July 2016

      Hahaha, ‘hulky’ indeed Henk! You didn’t mean macho did you ๐Ÿ˜‰ If it wasn’t so expensive, I’d bake with matcha a lot more.

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    Kavey
    25th July 2016

    Aah these looks gorgeous, you know I’m a fellow matcha fiend – I adore that grassy and umami flavour and it’s so lovely balanced with the sweetness of white chocolate!

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      Choclette
      26th July 2016

      Thanks Kavey. Yes indeed, my thoughts exactly. I got the umami, but grassy is a good way of describing the flavour too.

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    nadia
    25th July 2016

    Ooo I do like the look of these ‘greenies’ (and love the name!) ๐Ÿ˜€ Love using matcha in desserts for a green hue. They look so dense and moist!

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      Choclette
      26th July 2016

      Yay, a fellow matcha fan. I love the colour, but I’m a big fan of the flavour too.

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    Lucy
    25th July 2016

    Love these greenies! I think you’ve coined a new name there. I have some matcha I haven’t opened yet, think I will have to try these as my maiden matcha bake.

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      Choclette
      26th July 2016

      Oh yes Lucy, do try them. They have quite a distinctive taste, so you might want to try a small batch first, just in case!

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    Emily C
    25th July 2016

    Ohh this I’d love these! Thanks for including my recipe too x

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    Eb Gargano / easypeasyfoodie.com
    26th July 2016

    Greenies!! Brilliant – that should so be a thing!!! A new trend for sure?!? I love the idea of the bitter/umami notes offsetting the sweetness of cake. Must try that as I usually find cake too sweet these days (downside of eating less sugar…everything sweet just tastes too sweet now!) Thanks for sharing, will be watching out for #greenies trending any day now ๐Ÿ™‚ Eb x

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      Choclette
      26th July 2016

      I know exactly what you mean Eb. I’ve always tended to use less sugar than the standard and find bought cakes horrendously sweet. Brownies (or did I mean greenies?) are one of the few things I still chuck a lot of sugar at, as they just wouldn’t be brownies otherwise. Off to check if #greenies is trending yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    27th July 2016

    Ohhhh my gosh yes please. If there’s one thing I love more than brownies, it’s blondies – and I love that these are such a cool colour! They look perfectly moist and squidgy.

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      Choclette
      27th July 2016

      Thanks Becca. Definitely squidgy, cos that’s the way I like them ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Choclette
      29th July 2016

      Thanks Kat, they were the sort of things it’s quite dangerous to have in the house ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Mandy
    28th July 2016

    Oh I love the sound of greenies! This has got me thinking about whether something like this would work with a green veg instead of matcha. Must experiment! #CookBlogShare

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    nessjibberjabberuk
    28th July 2016

    I’ve never cooked with matcha tea before. There’s a cake club meeting coming up soon with a tea theme so I may have to get some and do some baking!

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      Choclette
      29th July 2016

      These would be fab for a tea themed cake club. Brownies are always popular so hopefully these would be too.

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      Choclette
      1st August 2016

      They are interesting and a bit of an acquired taste, but it doesn’t take that long to acquire it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
    1st August 2016

    I love adding matcha to bakes, we always have a tin of it in the fridge. These blondes look so deliciously moist! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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    Nayna Kanabar
    4th August 2016

    I don’t like Matcha, I know it sounds strange but these look so lovely maybe I can convince myself otherwise.

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      Choclette
      4th August 2016

      Matcha is an acquired taste Nayna, but it’s quite different in a bake to drinking it.

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