These vegan biscuits made with Whittard’s orange and cardamom instant matcha tea* are easy to make and taste delicious. The matcha, combined with the taste of the orange and cardamom give a fruity, floral flavour, making them the perfect accompaniment to a cuppa, or to be served when guests are visiting. You really need to try baking them for yourself!
Yield: 18 cookies
180 grams plain flour
100 grams caster sugar
4 teaspoons Whittards instant orange and cardamom matcha green tea
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
110 grams vegan margarine
60 grams non-dairy milk of choice
Whisk together all of the dry ingredients in a bowl until well mixed
Add vegan margarine to the bowl and cream into dry ingredients
Slowly add non-dairy milk and mix ingredients to form dough (this will be slightly wet)
Refrigerate dough for at least one hour
Once dough has rested for at least an hour, spoon onto lined baking sheets and place in a 180 degrees celcius pre-heated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes
When golden, remove from oven and place biscuits on cooling rack to cool down
Once cool, enjoy.
Storage recommendation: ensure biscuits are stored in a water-tight container in a cool, dark place
Some more information on matcha green tea:
What is matcha?
Matcha is powdered green tea leaves, traditionally drank in Japan, however, it has also been growing in popularity throughout the rest of the world recently, due to its supposed health benefits and it becoming more available.
What are the benefits of matcha?
Some of the key benefits that matcha green tea is said to provide are as follows:
- Boosts memory and concentration
- Increases energy levels
- High in anti-oxidants
- Packed with catechins (some of the most potent and beneficial anti-oxidants)
- Great flavour
Many also say that it can help to fortify the immune system.
How do you make a cup of matcha tea?
The best way to make matcha tea is from preparing it using a special matcha whisk and following these steps:
- Sift 1-2 teaspoons of matcha powder into a bowl using a tea strainer or sieve
- Add around 60ml of hot (just under boil) water
- Using a matcha whisk, mix the matcha powder and water using a zig-zag motion until all powder is mixed in and the tea is frothy
- You can then enjoy the tea straight from the bowl, pour into a cup, or for a matcha green tea latte, add frothy milk of your choice (I like coconut milk).
If you don’t want to spend the money (or time) on the whisk method, you’ll see that Whittards sell instant orange and cardamom instant matcha tea*, which is delicious and easy to make – all you need to do is add hot water and stir.
If you’d like to try the whisk method, Whittard offer some great matcha accessories – you can buy a bamboo matcha whisk* and bamboo matcha spoon* separately, or you can also buy a matcha starter kit gift box* (which includes a tin of matcha and a whisk in a gift box) or made for matcha gift box* (comprises of a tin of matcha, a bamboo matcha whisk, a stoneware matcha bowl*, and a bamboo matcha spoon in a gift box)
Where can you buy matcha green tea?
There are many places you can buy powdered matcha green tea from, including Whittards of Chelsea*, Amazon, and other online retailers and specialist tea shops.
Have you tried matcha green tea* before? Did you like it and would you try baking with it? Let me know in the comments below!
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Disclaimer: The tea I used to create this recipe was sent to me by Whittard of Chelsea to help me to create this post. This post also contains affiliate links, which are denoted with an asterisk (*). Affiliate links help me to run my blog and by using them you are helping me out. Thanks!