At one time in my (single) life I subsisted on two things: biscotti and green tea. I was barely making ends meet living in an apartment I couldn't afford and working at an art gallery that over promised and under delivered. You would think that under those circumstances that I'd be miserable. I wasn't. I was struggling but happy. I found joy in the smallest of luxuries, one being Nonni's Biscotti, Cioccolati. Nowadays, when I find myself with biscotti in hand, it takes me right back.
foodbeam and lovescool) I found my inspiration. Matcha green tea.
The type of matcha I used is called Matcha Milk. It consists of matcha powder, nondairy creamer and sugar. It is milder in flavor than plain matcha powder, and delicious served hot or cold. I consider it a gently sweetened green tea latte. It can be found in the usually extensive tea section at most Asian markets.
Chopping the ginger finely is key. Even though the ginger mellows as it bakes, you still don't want to get a big chunk in your mouth. It can be a bit overpowering, so keep the pieces very small.
I wasn't sure what the matcha milk would do to the batter. I was glad to see that it blended into the dough perfectly without changing the consistency.
I forgot to mention that this recipe also contains toasted slivered almonds. You can see them in the baked dough here. I was growing impatient at the thought of icky-tasting biscotti so I sampled a piece before the second baking. I was so relieved. The flavor was smooth, very tea-like, and not bitter at all! I almost left the almonds out, and now I'm glad I didn't. It adds needed texture.
I'm including a picture of the Matcha Milk box because it could be difficult to spot. I nearly missed it myself because I did not realize there were 2 (and a half!) tea aisles.
Jen from the gregarious homebody tried the recipe with regular matcha. You can find her version with suggestions here.
Needless to say, I took more than matcha tea home. I'd highly suggest picking up some Yuzu Citron Honey Tea, too. A Vietnamese artist/friend gave me a jar of the jellied concentrate years ago when I was suffering from a sore throat. It is packed with vitamin C and the honey is so soothing.
Happy 2010 to my readers, commenters, lurkers, emailers, and everyone who stopped by in 2009. You really made my year special. I can't wait to see what delicious things the new year brings to us!