Tuesday, May 12, 2009

kuromame + kuri + matcha muffins

Remember I received some bottled items from my MIL? I used the bottle of kinkan (kumquats) for some muffins. Well with the remaining two bottles, I did something similar.

I mixed green tea into the batter and added the kuromame (black beans) and kuri (chestnut).

Like the kinkan (kumquats), the kuromame and kuri were also packed in syrup.

I cut the amount of sugar for the muffins in half because the beans and chestnuts still had some syrup on them.

Use this recipe, but disregard the earl grey tea and nibs. Also, instead of 150 grams of flour, use 140 grams of flour and 10 grams of powdered green tea.

I added 60 grams of kuromame (black beans), using a slotted spoon, drain most of the syrup before measuring. There were only 9 kuri (chestnuts) in the bottle, so I placed one chestnut into each muffin cup and with the remaining 3, I sliced them in half to garnish the tops.

Bake at 350F (180C) for 25 minutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick.

NOTES: I had a bit of a disaster in the kitchen. While defrosting my butter in the micro, it sort of "blew-up", leaving me with a lesser amount of butter. I added some EVOO to make up for it, not sure if this is what made the muffins drier. Still, the green tea flavor really came through in these muffins. Cutting the sugar was a good call too, the beans and chestnut were sweet.

14 comments:

sendingpostcards said...

What an amazing site you hav here, so glad I stumbled upon it. I miss all the matcha desserts found in Japan. I can't wait to go back!

Debinhawaii said...

Wow! Love the muffins. They look really good and I love all the flavors you used.

genkitummy said...

How creative! Adding a chestnut in the middle of the muffin sounds delicious!

Rowena... said...

I like how that chestnut makes a nice big, moist chunk in the middle -- I love muffins full of stuff!

Tamakikat said...

Hi there Kat,

these sound like a great idea to add to a cafe menu.

TK

2kamuela47 said...

Those muffins look good...love the chestnut in the middle!

K and S said...

Hope you get to come back to Japan soon, Sendingpostcards!

Thank you Deb, it was a great way to use up "stuff" in the pantry :)

Thank you Genki :)

I love muffins, ice cream and breads with "stuff" in it too, Rowena :)

Good to see you back, TK

Take care everyone!
Kat

KirkK said...

Hey Kat - I might have the Missus make this....I don't have much of a sweet tooth, and this recipe sounds like something I might enjoy!

K and S said...

I hope you like it Kirkk :)

Take care.
Kat

K and S said...

Thanks Laura :)

Take care.
Kat

Lori said...

Great idea! That would make a great breakfast when I'm running out the door for work. If only I had time to bake these days...

K and S said...

Sorry to hear you don't have time to bake Lori, these would definitely make for a quick breakfast!

Take care.
Kat

Marina said...

Hi, really interesting idea!
Sorry, I didn't understand what is IN the muffin... That creamy and white thing... Maybe you written it, but I'm not able to read it :P And I'm not very good in English! :D

K and S said...

Hi Marina,
In the muffin there is matcha (green tea), kuri (chestnuts) & kuromame (black beans). Both the black beans and chestnuts were packed in a sweet syrup. The white thing inside the muffin is a whole chestnut.

Take care.
Kat