Spice up baking agenda with matcha brownies by grace livecchi '21

The other day I was in my house, mindlessly scrolling through tik tok, when I accidentally stumbled upon perhaps the greatest thing ever: matcha brownies. @Iankewks, the user who shared this recipe, reached over one million likes on this simple but delicious treat. I have been into baking recently, so I knew I had to give these a go.

This plate was gobbled up by my family in under 24 hours.

I decided I was going to double the recipe, because I wanted to make some for a few friends as well as for me and my family. The measurements included will be the original, non-doubled recipe, which read as follows:

  • Four ounces white chocolate
  • Half cup of butter, melted
  • Three eggs
  • One cup white sugar
  • One fourth cup brown sugar
  • One teaspoon vanilla extract
  • One cup all purpose flour
  • Two tablespoons matcha powder
  • Half teaspoon salt

The first thing to do is preheat the oven to 350° and line a pan with parchment paper. The video recommended 8x8 inch pans, but the size of the pan depends on how thick you would like the brownies to be.

Then, melt the butter and white chocolate in a pot on the stove. I found that since the two ingredients had different consistencies, the white chocolate had a hard time fully melting, so I put the mixture in the microwave which solved the problem. Let the mixture cool for about 30 minutes until solidified.

The white chocolate mixture before and after cooling in the refrigerator.

While waiting for the butter and chocolate to cool, in an electric mixer whisk the white sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until the batter is pale and on the thicker side.

When the chocolate mixture is cooled, incorporate it with the ingredients in the mixer. I found that the chocolate mixture had hardened on the top, which left some small lumps in the batter when I combined the ingredients. To fix this, I mixed it for a little bit longer and attempted getting out the lumps with a fork which helped.

The batter should be thicker once chocolate mixture is added.

Then, sift the flour, matcha and salt, and mix until it is evenly incorporated. When I was doing this, after a taste test, I noticed although it was green the batter didn't really taste like matcha. In attempts of fixing this, I added roughly another tablespoon to get that perfect zing I was looking for.

Lastly, pour the batter into the pan and slam the batter on the counter a couple of times to get the air bubbles out. I cooked the brownies for about 45 minutes. The video recommends a 30-40 minute cook time, but mine took longer because they were super thick. After taking them out of the oven, I waited 30 minutes for them to cool then cut them. Vualá, they were done.

This batch was thinner than the other one I made so its cook time was roughly 15 min less.

These brownies came out perfectly, they were very fudgy and tasty, with just the right amount of golden brown action on the top. If I were to do it differently; believe it or not, I would still add more matcha. Although the treat was really good, they just didn't taste like matcha. I'm looking forward to perfecting this recipe in the future and definitely recommend trying if you’re looking for something new to bake this winter.

All photos taken by Grace Livecchi '21


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