All-purpose flour ~ 1 2/3 cups
Salt ~ 1/2 tsp
Baking powder ~ 1 tsp
Green tea powder ~ 1 tbsp
Sugar ~ 1/2 cup
Egg ~ 1
Melted butter ~ 1/3 cup
Milk of your choice ~ 1 cup
1) Prepare muffin baking sheet by greasing each muffin cup, or by placing a muffin liner in each cup. Any cup that is un-used should be filled with water to prevent burning.
2) Set muffin baking sheet aside and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
3) In a large mixing bowl combine 1 2/3 cups of flour (all purpose works fine), 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 tablespoon of green tea powder (more can be added should a stronger green tea taste be desired), and ½ cup of sugar. Stir all these ingredients together until completely combined, then set this bowl aside for later use.
4) In a new bowl, add 1 egg, 1/3 cup of melted butter, and 1 cup of milk, and whisk together until the mixture is smooth.
5) Once fully mixed, begin slowly adding the milk and egg mixture to the flour mixture. Add slowly to avoid excessive clumping, and stir as you combine the two. Whisk the two mixtures together until a nice thick batter is present. At this point, you can add more green tea powder to taste, chopped almonds or walnuts, or other fruit for seasoning (berries go great with green tea, especially blueberries!).
6) Once the batter is ready, pour or ladle the batter into each of muffin cups in the muffin baking sheet. Be sure to leave room for the muffins to rise, so fill only about ¾ or the cup.
7) Bake the muffins at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins are visibly golden in color. Tops should spring back when a finger or spoon is pressed on them.
8 ) Once fully cooked, remove the muffins from the oven and cool them in the muffin baking sheet for five minutes before removing them and finishing cooling on a wire rack. After cooling, muffins can be served with fruit or mint as a garnish. This recipe makes approximately 12 muffins.
Photo credit: Eraine