Tea and Desserts: Five Creative Ways to Enjoy Hojicha

If you enjoy drinking tea and savoring it’s earthy and robust flavors, then Hojicha is a perfect match for you.

Hojicha may not be as well-known as Matcha but it is also a green tea, only it is roasted. The roasting brings a unique flavor that can be used to make desserts or simply to drink it as a way to cleanse the palate after meal.

 

Here are five ways to enjoy Hojicha:

       

1. Make Hojicha Tea Jelly

Hojicha Tea Jelly (Japanese dessert) with spoon

Hojicha tea has an extremely light and full of flavor, just like you’d expect from any sort of jelly dessert.

The great thing about this is that it not only tastes good, but it’s healthy too – it’s got tea with just a tiny bit of sugar!

If you like tea, you might also like this Japanese dessert!

2. Try Anmitsu with Hojicha and Kamairicha kanten

Japanese dessert Anmitsu with hojicha and kamairicha kanten spoon

Japanese desserts are usually not overly sweet and have a delicate balance of flavors that makes them unique.

Anmitsu is a good example. This one’s made with Japanese tea blocks (kanten) which have a firm bite with plenty of Hoicha tea flavor.

       

3. Bake some Hojicha Cupcakes with Black Sesame and Sweet Cream

Hojicha Cupcakes with Black sesame and Sweet Cream (4)

Have you ever had cupcakes that are so good you don’t really need any special frosting?

These hojicha cupcakes are just that.

With plenty of earthy, roasted hojicha flavor, you could eat them plain, with a dollop of whipped cream, or my favorite, sweetened whipped cream with some matcha (green tea) powder sprinkled on top. Oh, and don’t forget the black sesame.

Of course, you could just keep it a secret and see if whoever eats these will even notice 😉

4. Cool Off and Try Hojicha Ice Cream

hojicha ice cream 3 scoops

Hojicha ice cream is one of my favorite ways to enjoy the warmth of summer.

It’s extremely nutty and aromatic. And because of that, the emulsified ice cream base is well-suited to carry all that flavor straight to your mouth.

You can serve this on its own, or with whipped cream, either way, it’ll make for a refined and semi-sweet dessert.

 

Konnichiwa! (Hello!) I'm Pat Tokuyama, a Japanese tofu cookbook author, who travels for music, food, and adventure. If you like Japanese food and it's your first time here, consider joining the new plant based japanese made simple community - to cook and be healthier today - with japanese food!!

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5. Create Your Own Japanese Chiffon Cake with Sencha and pair with Hojicha tea (drink)

Are you the type of person who loves a light airy cake?

Or do you prefer one that’s densely moist with a bit more to each bite?

We started baking with whole leaves and chopped ’em into itty little bits in my spice grinder.

The result? A soft green tea flavored cake that’s well-balanced in flavor, texture and goes well with many different toppings!

How about you? Have you tried using your favorite beverage to create a dish or a dessert?

 

Konnichiwa! (Hello!) I'm Pat Tokuyama, a Japanese tofu cookbook author, who travels for music, food, and adventure. If you like Japanese food and it's your first time here, consider joining the new plant based japanese made simple community - to cook and be healthier today - with japanese food!!

** Plant Based Japanese Cooking Club ** Get your free mini ecookbook to get started!

 

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