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Basic White Tin Bread | Baking Challenge [1]

I’m basically addicted to The Great British Bake Off  and this is largely because of:

  • my deep and passionate love for all baked things
  • my abiding adoration for carbohydrates
  • my never-ending devotion to puns (even the terrible, terrible puns on the show)
  • my inappropriate crush on Paul Hollywood (his steely blue eyes, his take-no-shit attitude, the way he kneads bread with his sleeves rolled up…)

Because of these many things, and my desire to become an Extremely Useful Person during the Zombie Apocalypse despite my general uselessness, I bought Paul Hollywood’s How to Bake book on a trip to the UK in 2015.  And now, two years later, I’m going to actually Learn How to Bake on this grand baking challenge I’ve set myself, a la Julie and Julia.

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Matcha inspiration

Matcha is a beautifully green powered tea traditionally served as part of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The tea ceremony focuses on mindfulness and is beautifully described as “a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea.”

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However, I’m not focusing on mindfulness in this article. I’m focusing on delicious green bakes! My plan for 2017 is to bake. To bake a LOT. And I think matcha bakes need to be on this list. Here are some of my matcha inspirations from around the web:

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Cream cheese and apricot jam cheat’s Hertzoggies

These insanely delicious cookies are a type of jam thumbprint cookie; with a rich cream cheese mixed into the dough for tanginess and moisture, and a dollop of homemade apricot jam and toasted coconut on top for flavour.

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These are also delicious made with my other recipe for strawberry jam.

A Hertzoggie, named after General Hertzog, the SA Prime Minister until 1935, is a traditional South African pastry made with apricot jam, a pastry and a coconut meringue topping (here’s a great recipe if you want to go traditional!). They’re divine but a bit of a mission to make, and I thought the flavours would work perfectly as a cookie with a heck of a lot less hassle.

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