I spent two months of the summer of 2008 in Japan, working at English camps for schoolchildren and staying with Japanese families when not at camp or traveling. It was an amazing experience – I met some great people and had the opportunity to learn about and experience Japanese history, culture, and cuisine. One thing that I found interesting and amusing upon my arrival in Japan were the beverage vending machines. Most of them sell bottled Japanese tea – usually green tea. I drank that stuff like crazy when I was in Japan, and still get nostalgic just thinking about it. The pound cake recipe below reminds me of that bottled green tea.
Green Tea Pound Cake
- 1/2 cup Earth Balance, softened
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp matcha (green tea) powder
- Preheat oven to 340°F.
- In a medium bowl, beat the Earth Balance until creamy. Add the sugar and mix well. Gradually add the eggs and mix well.
- In another bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and matcha powder together. Add to the egg mixture.
- Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes. If edges brown before middle is done, cover edges of loaf with aluminum foil.
- The pound cake is very good with a little bit of Greek yogurt – it balances out the sweetness perfectly.
Source: Recipe slightly adapted from Food.com