I just found out today is national Pancake Day. I'd spent the morning making waffles. But not just any waffles! They were matcha infused Belgian waffles.
I'm a huge matcha enthusiast. If you're not sure exactly what this vibrant powder is, it's okay. I was;t quite sure what is was when I started enjoying it. Is it green tea? Super green tea? Originating in Japan, matcha is essentially it is young green tea leaves that have been carefully dried out and ground by stone into a fine powder.
Benefits of green tea powder include
— high in antioxidants, especially EGCg (mostly recognized for its cancer fighting properties
— source of amino acids like L-Theanine (boosts concentration and memory)
— detoxifies the body and lowers cholesterol
— boosts energy and metabolism
Basically, if you're not drinking matcha, then perhaps you should start! There are so many healthy benefits, and the taste is quite addicting.
I use this matcha powder by Jade Leaf Organics because it is pure ground green tea leaves. Not only is this matcha great for lattes and baking, but it is not bitter nor chalky, so no need to use sugar excessively. I've tried many matcha powders and have been disappointed many, many times. Despite the price, I keep buying this brand because it's the best I've tried thus far.
I like to top mine with powdered sugar and matcha powder, just to reinforce the green color.
Pancake Day — or Shrove Tuesday — changes annually, but always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday. The name is derived from 'shrive,' to present oneself for absolution of sins.
So how did pancakes get involved? Well making pancakes was a useful way to get rid of rich and fatty ingredients like milk, eggs, and sugar. So in one or two batches, families can rid their cupboards of all the discouraged foods of the Lent fasting season.
Pancakes or waffles, any day is a good day to whip up some batter and get creative with toppings!
matcha belgian waffles
makes 4 waffles, 15 minute prep + 15 minute cook time
2 cups flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons culinary grade matcha powder
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1/2 cup melted butter
2 eggs, seperated
powdered sugar, for dusting
Preheat waffle iron.
Combine dry ingredients in bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine milk and egg yolks.
For egg white, beat on low until stiff peaks appear. Set aside.
Add milk and eggs to wet ingredients and gently combine. Fold in egg whites and melted butter (I stress melted and not hot -- you don't want to cook the eggs in your batter).
Pour the batter into hot waffle iron -- to avoid an overspill, do not cover every grid on the iron.
Cook to manufacture's setting and set waffles aside, preferably into a broiler to create extra crispy waffles.