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I love the smell of freshly baked Mexican Buns, it has this amazing aroma of coffee, bread and butter. The crusting topping is also what makes this so, so good. It’s like this cookie of sorts on top, so if you haven’t had this yet I do recommend trying it at least once! While I love the original Mexican Bun, of course I had to try making a green tea variety and I found a great recipe from Little Corner of Mine which came out quite well!

Green Tea Buns (adapted from Little Corner of Mine)
Makes: 18-20 buns
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Passive Time: 80 minutes

Ingredients
Green Tea Buns
1 tbsp milk powder (7g)
110g sugar
1 tsp green tea powder (7g)
460g bread flour
150g plain flour
1 tsp salt (4g)
1 tsp bread improver (4g)
1 tbsp dry yeast (7g)
1 large egg
230ml cold water
70g unsalted butter, softened

Green Tea Topping
45g plain flour
5g cornstarch
35g icing sugar
55g unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 tsp green tea powder (7g)
black sesame seeds for topping

Fillings (Optional)
Butter
Red Bean Paste
Cream Cheese

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Method
Green Tea Buns
1. Sift the milk powder, sugar, green tea powder, bread flour, plain flour, salt, and bread improver into a medium sized bowl. Then add in the dry yeast.

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2. Whisk the egg in a small bowl.
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3. Create a small well in the dry ingredients, and add in the egg mix. Use a fork to combine.
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4. Add in the cold water and combine.
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5. Once the dough is mostly combined, place onto the table. Add in the butter, and knead together until combined and the dough springs back after you press it.
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6. Place the dough into a clean bowl for around 45 to 60 minutes or until double in size.
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7. Once doubled in size, knead the dough for a few minutes and separate into 18 to 20 pieces.

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8.  Roll out the dough into balls, flatten to add in your filling (if any) and then seal it.

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9. Place the balls onto a baking tray and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise for another 45 to 60 minutes or until double in size.

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Green Tea Topping

1. Whisk together the sifted icing sugar and butter until combined, and light and fluffy.
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2. Add in the egg and whisk until combined.

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3. Add in the sifted green tea powder, plain flour and cornstarch and whisk again until combined.

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Assembly

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

2. Once the dough has risen again, place the green tea topping into a piping bag and pipe the mixture in a spiral form.

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2. Sprinkle a few black sesame seeds on top for colour.
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3. Place the baking tray in the oven for 10 minutes or until slightly golden.
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Ingredients
Green Tea Buns
  • 1tbsp Milk Powder
  • 110g Sugar
  • 1tsp Green Tea Powder
  • 460g Bread Flour
  • 150g Plain Flour
  • 1tsp Salt
  • 1tsp Bread Improver
  • 1tbsp Dry Yeast
  • 1 eggLarge
  • 230ml Cold Water
  • 70g Unsalted ButterSoftened
Green Tea Topping
  • 45g Plain Flour
  • 5g Cornstarch
  • 35g Icing Sugar
  • 55g Unsalted ButterSoftened
  • 1 eggLarge
  • 1tsp Green Tea Powder
  • Black Sesame SeedsOptional
Fillings (Optional)
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Red Bean Paste
  • Cream Cheese
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Instructions
Green Tea Buns
  1. Sift the milk powder, sugar, green tea powder, bread flour, plain flour, salt, and bread improver into a medium sized bowl. Then add in the dry yeast.
  1. Whisk the egg in a small bowl.
  2. Create a small well in the dry ingredients, and add in the egg mix. Use a fork to combine.
  3. Add in the cold water and combine.
  4. Once the dough is mostly combined, place onto the table. Add in the butter, and knead together until combined and the dough springs back after you press it.
  5. Place the dough into a clean bowl for around 45 to 60 minutes or until double in size.
  6. Once doubled in size, knead the dough for a few minutes and separate into 18 to 20 pieces.
  7. Roll out the dough into balls, flatten to add in your filling (if any) and then seal it.
  8. Place the balls onto a baking tray and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise for another 45 to 60 minutes or until double in size.
Green Tea Topping
  1. Whisk together the sifted icing sugar and butter until combined, and light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the egg and whisk until combined.
  3. Add in the sifted green tea powder, plain flour and cornstarch and whisk again until combined.
Assembly
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Once the dough has risen again, place the green tea topping into a piping bag and pipe the mixture in a spiral form.
  3. Sprinkle a few black sesame seeds on top for colour.
  4. Place the baking tray in the oven for 10 minutes or until slightly golden.
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  • These buns can be made plain, or with a filling of your choosing!
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One of my favourite cupcakes is the Red Velvet Cupcakes with Mascarpone frosting. What I love about the cake is how moist it is because of the lack of butter which is replaced by vegetable oil, yoghurt and vinegar. Being a fan of all things green tea, I thought about using that recipe here and it came out really well might I add! The Red Bean Buttercream Frosting was adapted from Cupcake Project and I do recommend try making your own Red Bean paste unless you can find a really authentic red bean paste. The ones I could find in Melbourne, all had loads of sugar and other ingredients instead of red beans and the frosting won’t be as flavoursome.

Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes with Red Bean Buttercream Frosting (Frosting adapted from CupcakeProject.com)

Serves: 24 Cupcakes
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients
Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes
2 eggs
180g caster sugar
375ml vegetable oil
250ml plain yoghurt
1 tsp vinegar (5 ml)
315g plain flour
15g green tea powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Red Bean Buttercream Frosting
115g unsalted butter, room temperature
240g red bean paste, smooth
1/4 tsp salt
75g icing sugar

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Method
Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes
1. Preheat oven to 180°C.

2. In a food processor, mix the eggs with the caster sugar, vegetable oil, plain yoghurt, and vinegar.

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3. Sift plain flour, green tea powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.

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4. Add in sifted ingredients to the food processor and blend until just incorporated.

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5. Place cupcake papers into a muffin pan, divide the batter in the cupcake papers, pour only halfway so batter doesn’t overflow, and bake, rotating half way through, for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove and let cool.

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Red Bean Buttercream Frosting
1. Mix the butter until light and fluffy.

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2. Add in the red bean paste and beat until smooth.

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3. Mix in salt and sifted icing sugar until combined.

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4. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

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Cook Time
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Aromatic green tea cupcakes with the delicious pairing with red bean frosting.
Servings Prep Time
24cupcakes 15minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
Servings Prep Time
24cupcakes 15minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
Ingredients
Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes
  • 2 Eggs
  • 180g Caster Sugar
  • 375ml Vegetable Oil
  • 250ml Plain Yoghurt
  • 1tsp Vinegar
  • 315g Plain Flour
  • 15g Green Tea Powder
  • 1tsp Baking Soda
  • 1tsp Salt
Red Bean Buttercream Frosting
  • 115g Unsalted ButterRoom Temperature
  • 240g Red Bean PasteSmooth
  • 1/4tsp Salt
  • 75g Icing Sugar
Servings: cupcakes
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Instructions
Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  1. In a food processor, mix the eggs with the caster sugar, vegetable oil, plain yoghurt, and vinegar.
  2. Sift plain flour, green tea powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
  3. Add in sifted ingredients to the food processor and blend until just incorporated.
  4. Place cupcake papers into a muffin pan, divide the batter in the cupcake papers, pour only halfway so batter doesn’t overflow, and bake, rotating half way through, for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove and let cool.
Red Bean Buttercream Frosting
  1. Mix the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in the red bean paste and beat until smooth.
  3. Mix in salt and sifted icing sugar until combined.
  4. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
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Since holidaying in Japan, I had this urge to consume anything green tea or think about what foods I can add green tea to. I found this amazingly looking recipe by Namiko Chen from Just One Cookbook that I just had to try. I made a few tweaks and it came out quite nicely if I do say so myself. Not too buttery, and a lovely green tea aroma to it.

Green Tea Macadamia Nut Cookies (by Namiko Chen from Just One Cookbook)

Makes: 36 cookies (60 small cookies)
Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins

Ingredients
240g plain flour
20g green tea powder
150g unsalted butter, softened
120g icing sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 large egg yolks
60g chopped macadamias (or 60g white chocolate chips if prefer something sweeter)

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Method
1. Sift the plain flour and green tea powder in a medium sized bowl.

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2. Beat the butter, icing sugar and salt until light and fluffy.

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3. Add the two egg yolks and beat until combined.

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4. In small batches, add the flour and green tea powder into the wet mixture until combined.

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5. Evenly fold in the chopped macadamia nuts (or white chocolate chips).

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6. Split the dough into two even sized portions and shape into cylinders.

7. Lay out cling wrap, about the size of chopping board, and place the dough on top.

8. Wrap the dough tightly, and if need be, wrap it in more cling wrap to give it a firm shape.

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9. Place in the refrigerator for a two to three hours (or overnight). However, if pressed for time, you can pop it in the freezer for around 30 minutes until it has hardened but still able to cut.

10. Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F). Take out the dough from the fridge (or freezer) and remove the cling wrap. Slice the cookies to around 7mm thick or as preferred and place onto a baking tray, 3-4 cm apart.

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11. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookie is slightly browned.

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Servings Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Servings Prep Time
36Cookies 20Minutes
Cook Time
20Minutes
Ingredients
  • 240g Plain Flour
  • 20g Green Tea Powder
  • 150g Unsalted ButterSoftened
  • 120g Icing Sugar
  • 1/8tsp Salt
  • 2 Egg YolksLarge
  • 60g MacadamiasFinely Chopped
Servings: Cookies
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Instructions
  1. Sift the plain flour and green tea powder in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Beat the butter, icing sugar and salt until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the two egg yolks and beat until combined.
  4. In small batches, add the flour and green tea powder into the wet mixture until combined.
  5. Evenly fold in the chopped macadamia nuts (or white chocolate chips).
  6. Split the dough into two even sized portions and shape into cylinders.
  7. Lay out cling wrap, about the size of chopping board, and place the dough on top.
  8. Wrap the dough tightly, and if need be, wrap it in more cling wrap to give it a firm shape.
  9. Place in the refrigerator for a two to three hours (or overnight). However, if pressed for time, you can pop it in the freezer for around 30 minutes until it has hardened but still able to cut.
  10. Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F). Take out the dough from the fridge (or freezer) and remove the cling wrap. Slice the cookies to around 7mm thick or as preferred and place onto a baking tray, 3-4 cm apart.
  11. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookie is slightly browned.
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  • You can swap the macadamias with white chocolate chips if you like something sweeter
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Le Petit Gateau is still my go to dessert place. Sadly, now that I’m working, it’s challenging to make a trip down there since they close at 5pm on weekdays, and unfortunately don’t open on weekends.

However, it’s most definitely worth the time and effort to make your way here. My first encounter with Le Petit Gateau’s cakes was when my sister bought one to celebrate my mother’s birthday. She has this undying love for the combination of nuts and chocolate. Just like me!

I was so amazed that there was even a cake that had the flavour of Hazelnuts. This Hazelnut Praline Mud Cake was made for us choc+nut lovers.

The mud cake has that nice dense texture, with I believe a sprinkling of thinly chopped nuts through the cake. Although it may be rich, it is certainly delectable.

What makes this cake so beautiful is that silky smooth chocolate icing layer around the cake. Glossy, and it just melts in your mouth. It has such a pleasant hazelnut flavour, that it’s like you’re eating the filling of a Ferrero Rocher again and again, but only better. Absolutely delicious.

The chocolate strip on top is tempered to perfection, with that nice snap when you break it. Those candied almonds and chocolate bits just are the icing on the iced chocolate mud cake.

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It even tasted better when I was greeted with the cake on my own birthday months ago! Happy Birthday to me!

Everyone must at least make a trip to Le Petit Gateau at least once. Their selection of petit (Hehe) cakes will make you salivate. If cakes aren’t your thing, but macarons are? This is the place to visit. I’m not certain if I have mentioned this but their macarons are amazing. One of the best macarons I’ve ever come across in Victoria. Their macaron flavours constantly change, but for those that like a bit of Green Tea, their Green Tea flavoured macarons are delicious. Crisp outer layer, not too airy, and just the right amount of chewiness.

Even just thinking about it, makes me want to go before work (when the shop opens at 7:30am) or taking up my whole lunch hour just to get there and back! To be honest, it would be well worth it.

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Le Petit Gateau

458 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 7:30am-5pm

Tel: 03 9944 8893
fax: 03 9944 8895

 

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Mochi is a Japanese treat that is made from glutinous rice flour and is usually slightly chewy and soft with an assortment of fillings inside. In most offerings, red bean paste is used. Although more commonly known as a Japanese food, it is known to be popular in other Asian countries with their own twists or variances.

What goes best with red bean? Grean Tea.

I’ve adapted this recipe from Belachan2 and have made my usual  changes to the recipe to suit my own tastes.

Green Tea Mochi with Red Bean Filling
Ingredients
1 cup glutinous rice flour
1/2 tsp. green tea powder (for baking)
150ml water
1 tbs sugar

Red bean paste for filling (Recipe below)
Black sesame paste for filling (Recipe below)

Cornstarch for dusting (microwave cornstarch for 2 mins, let it cool completely before using) – Or you can light heat up the glutinous rice flour in a pan for a couple of minutes (don’t burn) and let it cool to room temperature.

Method

1. In a glass bowl, combine flour, green tea powder and water. Stir to mix well. Then add in the sugar, stir til sugar dissolved.

2. Cover with a plastic wrap and microwave for 2 minutes. Remove and stir well. Return to microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir-well and check for doneness. If not, put it back for another 30 seconds, be careful not to burn it.

3. Flour the working surface with cornstarch and use a spoon to drop a ball of mochi on top and quickly cover it with starch. Divide into 8 or 10 pieces. Wrap the filling inside and cover with more cornstarch. Shape into balls and ready to serve.
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Red Bean Paste (From JustHungry)

Ingredients
2 cups washed azuki beans
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt

Method
1. Soak the beans in cold water to cover for 24 hours.

2. Drain the beans and put them in a pot with water to cover. Bring the water to a boil, boil for a minute then drain the beans. Rinse the beans briefly under cold running water and drain again. Put the beans back in the pot with fresh cold water, bring to a boil, then drain and rinse again. This twice-boiling gets rid of much of the surface impurities and makes the an taste cleaner.

3. Put the beans back in the rinsed pot, and add enough water so that it comes up to about 2cm/1 inch above the beans. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a low simmer. Add water if it boils away. Skim off any scum on the surface. Cook until the beans are completely cooked and falling apart. Drain the beans, reserving the cooking liquid.

4. Put the pot of beans back on medium-low heat. Add the sugar and salt in 3-4 batches, while stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula to distribute the sugar and salt evenly. When the sugar melts, it will exude moisture, but if it seems a bit too dry or sticking to the pot, add a little of the reserved cooking liquid back in. Continue cooking while stirring occasiontaly, until the sugar is completely melted and absorbed into the beans. This step takes 10-15 minutes.

5. At this point the beans should be soft enough to mash easily with the side of your spatula. You can also use a potato mssher. Turn out onto a plate to let cool.

Rice Cooker Method (not exact)

1. Add around 250g washed azuki beans into a rice cooker
2. Fill the bowl with water until it covers all the beans
3. Let it cook in there for a couple of hours or until the beans start to soften
4. In the middle of cooking in the rice cooker, add sugar (up to you) and add a a couple of pandan leaves for flavour.
5. Once the beans are soft, you can either mash them together with a cooking utensil until smooth. If you want a really fine paste, you’ll probably need to put it through a sieve a couple of items or try a food processor.

Black Sesame Paste (Not exact)
Ingredients
100 g Black Sesame Powder
2 tbs Icing Sugar
1 tbs Butter/Margarine (Soft)

Method

1. Add all the ingredients together, you can use a whisk or a fork to mix until it forms a paste.
2. If it doesn’t mix properly, add slightly more margarine/butter and mix. Similarly, if it isn’t sweet enough for your liking, add more until it suits you.

Impressions

This recipe is fantastic if you like soft and slightly chewy Mochi but my first warning is if you cannot eat them all in the day (how can you not?) then it usually hardens overnight. There are a few recipes that won’t do this but I find them to be more dense and tougher to eat.

My second warning is that, the rice ball after heated up is extremely sticky. So add the flour to your hands, and on the plate/table. You’ll get the hang of it after a couple of tries but flour up each time as otherwise it can be a total disaster when you try putting in the filling. You can always eat the disasters so that’s a plus anyway. This is always my go to recipe and although I said it was tricky, it is a very simple process.

Mochi’s are like the Macarons of the East. The filling and the rice ball is all up to you! Enjoy!

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