|Banana matcha cupcakes, or tea cakes, I suppose, as there isn't any icing|
One, I came home to a shattered glass bottle and half-fermented ginger beer in my cupboard (thanks to G's experiment), and at the back of the cupboard, found a long-forgotten bag of different teas, one of which was matcha (green tea) powder. Two, I got a giant bunch of very ripe organic bananas from a farmer for free (it was the end of the day at the Markets).
|Matcha and frozen bananas|
After a couple of days of banana smoothies (awesome, because since the bananas are frozen, you don't need to add ice, but it's a pretty heavy breakfast) I decided to bake with them and found a recipe for matcha banana cake - perfect.
If you're lazy and hate washing up, you could potentially make this in one saucepan. If you do, make sure your saucepan is a little bigger so that the batter won't overflow.
130 g granulated sugar (up to 150g if you have a sweetooth and/or if the bananas aren't too sweet)
2-3 very ripe bananas, mashed*
190 g self raising flour (or 185g plain flour and 5g (1 1/4 tsp) baking powder)
1 tbsp of matcha (green tea) powder
60 ml milk
1 vanilla pod, scraped, or 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Makes 12 cupcakes, or 1 loaf cake (around 18cm long)
Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celcius and prepare your cupcake pan as you wish (grease, paper liners, silicon moulds, whatever).
|Butter and sugar in a saucepan. You'll need a bigger one if you want to do the whole thing in one pot. If you're a perfectionist, you can cut the butter into cubes first, but I'm not, and I'm lazy, so I just break the block of butter as it melts.|
|Milk, flour, matcha|
|Add a few drops of vanilla extract (or vanilla pods if you're lucky)|
|Frozen bananas, roughly chopped|
|Blitzing frozen bananas with egg into butter mixture with a hand blender.|
Fold in the dry ingredients and milk.
|Yep, I don't own a cupcake tray, and it is totally okay (on both practical and emotional levels)|
If you want to make frosting, try this matcha one from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook.
Adapted from a recipe found on Matcha Tea Factory.