April is Matcha Cooking Month!

April 2nd, 2012

We at Aiya America are not just about providing you with the highest quality Matcha available in North America.  We also consider it our responsibility to teach more about Matcha and what it can be used for.  As such, we have launched our  newest online consumer promotion:  “Cook With Matcha.”  For the  entire month of April, enter that code upon checkout in the consumer store and receive 20% off all 100g bags of Cooking Grade Matcha.  In conjunction with the new promotion, we have also re-launched and fully re-translated our Matcha-inspired recipes on our website (http://aiya-america.com/consumer/recipes).  Each Friday we will be posting a recipe of the week to Facebook and Twitter.  If you have always wanted to try making something using Matcha, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try!

This past weekend, our newest member, Daniel, made the current recipe of the week – Matcha Melon Bread!  He wrote some impressions and took some pictures to share:

“Although I am not a novice and am relatively comfortable in a kitchen, baking always makes me nervous.  I have always been a big fan of Japanese melon breads of all flavors and particularly love Matcha desserts, however, so I decided to give it a try.  After completing the recipe, it is even more straight forward to make than I thought it was going to be.  The bread dough came together pretty quickly and just by letting it rest for the suggested amounts of time, it really did rise nicely.  Forming it and shaping it wasn’t that difficult either.  Also, let me stress that when the recipe says the cookie dough is STICKY, it is the truth!  I let it chill for about 30 minutes before I tried rolling it out and it was still sticking to the rolling pin.  Next time I would give it some more time.  Overall, it took a bit of finesse and I was worried the finished melon breads wouldn’t be too nice to look at but both doughs have a way of melting together so the finished product looks fairly professional even though what I put in the oven looked like something a child made.  All in all, it was an easy and delicious recipe to make.  We certainly enjoyed them; those Melon Bread didn’t last more than a few days before they were all finished down to the  last crumb.  Please take a look at my pictures!  (Also, if you really like the cookie  topping, you can make the cookies by themselves!  Just spoon them out onto a cookie sheet bake at the same temperature for the same amount of time.) ”

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