Matcha pudding is a really good choice when you want something bitter-sweet and easy to make. Nowadays ‘Matcha’ is a worldwide beloved ingredient. If you are holding a house party, this is a perfect dessert!
Have you ever eaten Matcha pudding? It was my go-to dessert when I was in Japan. Especially, I love convenience stores’ Matcha pudding. But do you know it is super easy to make Matcha pudding at home?
What is Matcha?
Matcha is green tea. It is bitter and can be used in so many desserts or drinks. It got popular among celebrities and nowadays it is well-known and loved by so many people!
Where Matcha Originally from?
The origin of matcha is China, not Japan. It is said that Shinnou(神農) in ancient Chinese mythology found Matcha as a drink. When Shinnou was boiling water, the wind blew the leaves into the pot. The hot water changed color and gave unique smell, then Shinnou began to drink and that was the beginning.
The Difference between Matcha and Green tea
So many people are asking what is the difference between matcha and green tea. The short answer is Matcha is one type of green tea.
Green tea (Ryokucha) is unfermented tea produced without fermenting tea leaves. And also, Green tea(Ryokucha) is a group of all other types of tea such as 煎茶(Zencha)、玉露(Gyokuro)、番茶(Bancha)、抹茶(Matcha)、and 焙じ茶(Hojicha). Among them, matcha is produced differently from other types.
The Difference between Matcha(抹茶) and Ryokucha Powder(粉末緑茶)
If you translate ryokucha, it says ‘green tea’, so it might be confusing what I am going to explain now. But Matcha and ryokucha powder look alike and some people might not notice but Matcha and ryokucha powder are different. Matcha is made by grinding tencha(碾茶) but ryokucha powder is made by grinding 煎茶(sencha). Tencha and sencha are both made from the same tea tree, but the production methods are different.
When growing tea trees, sencha is grown in the sun. Tencha, on the other hand, has a period of 20 days or more that blocks sunlight. By blocking sunlight, the astringent component catechin is not produced, and instead it contains a large amount of umami component theanine. Kyoto is the largest producer of tencha. The most produced Matcha is in Uji in Kyoto and that’s known as ‘Uji Matcha’ brand.
What is Matcha pudding?
Matcha pudding is a pudding that contains matcha powder. It taste bitter and sweet so it is a perfect sweet for Adults! Matcha pudding is so popular in Japanese convenience but you can make it super easy at home!
Where can I find Matcha powder?
Matcha powder is easy to find! If you go to an Asian section or tea section in your local grocery stores, you probably find matcha. But I think it is cheaper to find it at Asian grocery stores or on Amazon.
A list of where you can find Matcha
- local grocery stores
- Asian grocery stores
What are the Ingredients for Matcha pudding?
Here are the ingredients for making Matcha pudding!
- whole milk
- heavy (whipping) cream
- Matcha powder
- gelatin – You can also find it at baking section at local grocery stores
Gelatin is an important ingredients for making pudding in general. There are the recipes that you don’t use gelatin but I think that’s difficult and advanced level of cooking. I love easy cooking so I prefer using gelatin so that it is easier and no failure.
Just itself is good but you can add whipping cream or homemade sauce! Here are the homemade sauce ingredients.
- Matcha powder
How to make Matcha pudding
Let’s make Matcha pudding!
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Topping sauce (option①)
- 1 teaspoon Matcha powder
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 Tablespoon whole milk
- heavy (whipping) cream
- In a pot, add milk, heavy cream, and sugar. Turn the heat to medium-low, and when the sugar melts, turn the heat to low. * do not boil.
- In a small bowl, add matcha powder and 1 Tbsp of warm milk(①) and make it melt well.
- In a small bowl, add gelatin and 1 Tbsp warm water. Make sure it melts well.
- Add the melt gelatin and matcha powder to the pot. Mix everything well.
- In pudding bowls add the mixture while putting through into fine mesh sieve.
- Put the matcha puddings to the fridge for at least 2-3 hours!
Topping option ① *If you want
- In a small bowl, add matcha powder, sugar, and warm milk. Mix well until matcha powder and sugar are dissolved.
- Take out the pudding from the fridge. Check if the pudding has set.
- Eat by itself is good but you can add whipping cream or matcha sauce as topping!
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