Thursday, March 29, 2012

Matcha ~ Green tea Castella

Sokehah Cheah | 6:29 PM | | |



Matcha  Castella was next on my list after my first attempt on Honey Castella.  I followed Angie's Recipes    on Matcha Spelt Castella but tweaked it a wee bit.
I substituted sherry with hot water and reduced the sugar by a mere 10 gm. and also changed the method a little.  The cake was soft, light, moist with a hint of matcha and so delicious.  Thank you, Angie.  On the other hand, Biren of  Roti n Rice also posted a beautiful matcha castella but mirin was one of the ingredients which unfortunately, I didn't have on hand.   Oh, Ann of   Anncoojournal  has also been bitten by the castella bug and just posted a fabulous Matcha Marble Castella cake recipe. Do drop by these blogs to view their lovely pictures and grasp their useful tips on how to bake a castella.  You name it, they have it!














This is indeed a very delectable sponge cake and will pair extremely well with a cup of hot green tea.  Trust me, you won't stop at one, reach out for more!

Recipe for Matcha ~ Green tea Castella  (Adapted from Angie's Recipes with slight modifications)

Ingredients

  • 120 gm bread flour
  • 1 Tbsp  matcha powder
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 5 egg whites
  • 130 gm caster sugar  ( reduced to 120 gm)
  • 20 ml/4 tsp sherry     ( substituted with hot water)
  • 20 ml/4 tsp honey
Method    (Same as for my recipe on Honey Castella)
  1. Line an 8 inch pan with alluminium foil and add a piece of parchment paper onto the base of the pan.
  2. Mix the honey with hot water till honey has dissolved.  Set aside.
  3. Sift the flour with matcha powder, twice to ensure thorough mixing.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg whites at high speed until foamy.  Add in the sugar in 3 batches. Beat till stiff but not dry peaks form.
  5. Add in egg yolks one at a time on low speed until well combined and soft peaks form when the whisk is lifted up.
  6. Add in sifted flour and mix on low speed until just combined and no pockets of flour are visible.
  7. Add honey mixture and mix on low speed.
  8. Pour batter through a sieve into the prepared cake pan.  Use a spatula to help the thick batter go through the sieve. 
  9. Tap pan on the counter to remove any large bubbles and smooth out the surface with the spatula.
  10. Bake in a preheated oven @ 160 deg.C for 55 mins. till golden brown and test with a skewer till it comes out clean.
  11. Take the cake out of the oven and drop the pan on the counter top from about a foot in height to prevent shrinkage, thrice.
  12. Cool cake.  Invert cake onto a fresh piece of parchment paper, remove foil and base parchment paper, wrap up with the parchment paper and put the wrapped up cake into a plastic bag and keep chilled in the fridge, upside down, overnight.
  13. Cut off the edges of the cake with a serrated knife and slice to pieces to serve.





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38 comments:

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  1. Awesome looking I love the smooth surface of your cake very much! Beautiful!

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  2. It looks so velvety... :) Well done! :)

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  3. OMG, your cake looks so beautiful!Besides beautiful, I really dont know what else to say. I'm so scare of trying making this cake, really but after reading your posting,I may change my mind, haha!This recipe has now gone to my list.If I'm going to make this in the future, I'll let you know.

    By the way, I have 1 question here, why bread flour is used instead of cake flour?What will happen if I use cake flour?Will it still be rising as high as yours? Many thanks!

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    1. You should give it a try, Jessie. I've no idea why bread flour is used, just obediently followed the recipe. In fact the cake doesn't rise that much because as you can see there's no baking powder in it.
      Maybe you can google for the answer.

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    2. Let me check on others castella cake recipes, if they use bread flour, then I better stick to the recipe! Thanks

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  4. WOW! Your castella cake looks so soft and beautiful! Let's meet for an afternoon tea so we can exchange :DD
    Thanks for mention, Cheah :)

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    1. Great idea, Ann. I'm mesmerised by the matcha swirls in your castella. Will definitely give it a try.

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  5. well done again! i can see how light and delicate the crumbs are!! i guess must be real excited when unwrapping the cake!

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    1. Oh yes, I was very pleased with the result. How about you giving it a try, Lena?

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  6. Wow .... Well done! I can never be successful with this kind of cake ;( chiffon is another one that I need to master ;)

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    1. Thank you momsie.... yes you can master the chiffon, try with a bigger pan.

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  7. Wow, your cake is beautiful too. I love the matcha flavor. I want to make this so bad, but I am not a good baker...so tempting. :D

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    1. Thank you Lyndsey. Never mind, practise makes perfect.

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  8. I have planned something for this too but really have no time. Something came up! Wish you luck, Cheah.
    Kristy

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    1. I can count on you to post a good recipe on castella too,Kristy

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  9. A perfect castella cake! I tried making this cake twice before and was not satisfied with the shape; this is spurring me to try again!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Yes, do give it another try.

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  10. That looks absolutely amazing Cheah! Such a light texture and so tall. I have yet to try castella, but I'm going to as soon as my stuff gets off the ship :)

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    1. You try it and you'll be amazed by the texture. It's different from sponge cakes.

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  11. I've heard lots of great reviews of this recipe. Indeed your cake looks fantastic!

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  12. Thanks for participating in the contest!

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    1. You're most welcome and thanks for dropping by.

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  13. i'm tempted to make. i've bought matcha green tea powder after my holiday in penang, malaysia. i got hooked on to matcha ice cream and the bubble tea.

    pls tell me, why do you have to wrap the cake, is it to keep it moist the next day?

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    1. Yes, wrapping it will help keep it moist as there's no oil of any form in this recipe.

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  14. May i know what type / brand of green tea powder u used?

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    1. I don't know the brand of the green tea powder as I bought it from Merit Food Ingredients, Horley St. Ipoh. It's packed by them.

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  15. ooh... coz there are so many around in Jusco, din know which is the best / most appropriate ones.

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    1. I don't advise you to get from Jusco, get it from those shops that sell baking ingredients.

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    2. ok ok. thank you for ur kind advice

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  16. I notice that you used bread flour for this cake. I thought it is not suitable for making cakes. Can I use ordinary plain flour instead?

    Regards,
    Kim

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    1. For this particular recipe, bread flour is used. As you can see from the above pictures, the method of making this cake is slightly different. I haven't tried making this with ordinary plain flour.

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  17. I tried matcha castella too... It came out very well.thank you ...

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  18. Wish to send you some pics ;)

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    1. Glad to hear that. You can send me the pics via my email address at Advertise/Contact at the top header.

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