J has had a very stressful month at work. Budget crisis…working long hours and weekends… I thought I’d send him to work tomorrow with a tasty treat to share with his office and hopefully lighten the mood. I wanted something breakfasty and easy and not overly sweet. And that is how I ended up making these flavorful muffins.
I’m a green tea flavor fanatic…tea, liquor, ice cream, and muffins!!!! Trader Joe’s used to carry this wonderful green tea muffin mix. Just add water, or oil, or whatever… Super simple, and surprisingly good. (I’m not a big fan of boxed cakes…) But like so many of the products at Trader Joe’s, they don’t last long. (I still check the baking section every time I go in just in case.) So I finally broke down and bought my own matcha powder. $95/lb at the local co-op!?!?!?!
I googled “Green Tea Muffins” and came up with the same bland-looking recipe: flour, baking soda, milk, sugar, eggs, butter, and green tea powder. I wanted to spice it up a little so I added nutmeg and almond extract.
Success. The muffins are moist and not overly sweet. Next time I might add amaretto or a crumb topping as they are still a bit boring. And the verdict is they are better than the TJs variety.
Green Tea Muffins
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
2 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup soy milk
1/2 cup melted butter
2 teaspoon matcha powder
a pinch of nutmeg
1/2 tsp almond extract
a dash of salt
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Butter muffin pans. (I used liners)
Mix the flour, matcha powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Set aside.
Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, sugar, and almond extract and mix well.
With a spatula, fold in flour mixture and milk until dough is damp but not smooth. **The batter should be lumpy.
Spoon into the muffin pans, filling each cup about 2/3 full. (This is a bit of a challenge as the batter is very sticky…)
Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes each or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
***Muffins may have a slight bitter after taste, but that’s the way I like em…
Filling the muffin tins…