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Matcha Sablés
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 | posted by Simply bakes

After my trip to japan, i was truly inspired by the Japanese language, culture and of course Japanese sweets.<3 Whenever i pass by a patisserie in Japan, i would drool all over the beautiful cakes and tarts arranged neatly in the display cases. Strawberry shortcake, Mont Blanc, Matcha roll cake and azuki red bean mochi are sweets which i plan and hope to achieve in the near future:D

I love the colour green and i find anything green very attractive. I have always wanted to try making matcha flavoured cakes and cookies for a long time now but have not been able to find matcha powder anywhere in Singapore! It was hard for me to find matcha powder in Japan too though (maybe i have not been looking hard enough) but i only managed to find it on the last day of my trip in Haneda International Airport. I was incredibly happy at the sight of it but was dismayed at the jaw-dropping price. A small 30g packet of matcha powder was sold at 500yen which is about $8.40 in Singapore. :O

The stingy me decided to buy one pathetic packet to try it out. After making these Matcha Sablés, i immediately regretted it. These cookies were fabulous and i loved them through and through. When these babies came out of the oven, the gorgeous buttery matcha aroma wafted out. Even though i baked them for the required 25 minutes, i found them a tad too soft. I prefer my cookies crisp and buttery but i couldn't leave them in the oven for longer or they will brown. So, i double baked them. After being in the oven for the first time, i took them out and left them to cool before putting them back into the oven again for a second round until they are baked to my preference. Perfect:) The cookies were of the most beautiful bright green colour ever. My mum complimented them to be really presentable and she would definitely try them out if they were sold in a bakery shop. :D

I think that these cookies not only smell nice, they taste great too. See the outer sugar crust? They really add an interesting feel overall and adds on to the texture. There is a balance of bitter from the green tea and sweetness as well. It is buttery and gives a delicate green tea flavour. 

This was great and i am much more confident now to use whats left of my remaining matcha powder to create something even better. Like a entrement of a souffle roll cake maybe:D Either ways, i am excited!

Matcha Sablés Recipe adapted from keiko ishida: 
240g cake flour chilled
15g matcha powder 
150 unsalted butter softened 
130g icing sugar 
pinch of salt 
2 egg yolks 

1) Whisk together flour and matcha powder together in a large bowl and sift them together twice. Set aside. 
2) Cream butter, icing sugar and salt together until pale and creamy. 
3) Add the egg yolks one at a time and whisk until well blended. 
4) Add the flour and matcha powder and fold it with a spatula. 
5) Wrap the dough with cling film and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 30 mins
6)Divide the dough into two portions and roll them into logs about 3.5cm in diameter. 
7) Wrap logs in cling film and chill again until firm. 
8) If not using, keep chilling the dough in the fridge. 
9) Preheat oven to 150 degree celcius. 
10) roll the logs in the remaining egg whites and them sprinke and roll them in granulated sugar. Coat only the edges. 
11) Slice them with a sharp knife about 7mm thick.
12) Bake them for about 25 minutes and leave to cool on wire racks.

With Love, Simply Bakes

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I am a 16 year old living in Singapore. This blog is to document my entire baking endeavor and to share with you guys out there recipes and my baking experience. Feel free to ask me any questions, just click 'comment' below each post. Looking forward to the holidays!

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