With its subtle, alluring taste and combination of health benefits, there are many good reasons to embrace this trendy ingredient.
Matcha is a winning ingredient in sweet treats
Matcha—a finely ground, somewhat grassy- tasting, high-quality green tea that is a tasty and healthful ingredient. It has long been hailed as a super drink, believed to have more health benefits than steeped tea. More recently, chefs and bakers have been experimenting with
various ways to incorporate matcha into the world of sweet treats. Hot on the heels of the matcha craze in New York City, matcha is now being used in cheesecakes, custards, cookies and cream fillings sandwiched between thin crêpes or delicate macarons. Some chefs favour greener, sweeter matcha to flavour their goods, with others preferring a darker, more bitter variety. Lucky for us Torontonians, there are many delectable and intriguing options to satisfy all of our matcha cravings.
Green tea goodness to satisfy your sweet tooth
A hybrid Japanese-and North American-style cheesecake, lighter than a typical cheesecake and yet creamier than the Japanese version. Made with matcha and freshly whipped purple azuki (red bean) cream.
3. Tsujiri sundae
Soft-serve matcha ice cream sits atop a layer of crunchy brown Japanese rice, with a thick helping of delicious azuki sauce between them. The sundae is topped with a sakura (cherry blossom) cookie, a chewy shiratama rice ball and a yellow chestnut ball.
4. Matcha latte art
Kyoto matcha is blended with a bamboo whisk until it froths, then added to steamed organic homogenized milk, which provides the ideal balance of creaminess and sweetness to the mild, slightly bitter matcha. Perfection!
5. Matcha macaron
Butter Avenue’s signature Parisian-style macaron comes in several decadent flavours, with the matcha macaron being one of the finest. It’s made with premium matcha from Shizuoka, Japan—an intense, earthy, somewhat stronger matcha than the lighter variety from Kyoto.
6. Matcha pudding
Puddings are very popular in Japan’s convenience stores, and Millie has created a finer version of this treat. The silky matcha pudding has a custard-like texture and a bottom layer of caramel. Dig down on that first bite!
7. Matcha cookies
Matcha-flavoured cookies? You’d better believe it! This is a cookie that’s not too sweet, with a gorgeous dark green colour—and delicate bits of white chocolate that add a few little hints of sugar. Yes, please!
8. Crêpe cake
Matcha-infused cream is layered between paper-thin Japanese-style crêpes, so light that you may be fooled into believing you are eating a cloud! Sold by the slice or as a full cake.
9. Matcha cream puff
Pastry surrounds this beautifully marbled white-and-green cream puff, which combines 1⁄3 white cream with 2⁄3 matcha cream—a ratio that really brings out the flavour of the matcha.
10. Matcha roll cake
Fluffy sponge cake made with organic free-range eggs, organic wheat flour, Kyoto matcha, whipped cream and azuki red bean filling. The result is delicate and so, so good.
Plenty of health benefits
Matcha tea plants are shaded before harvest, a process which triggers the growth of leaves with better flavour and texture. The high-quality, chlorophyll-rich leaves are then hand-picked, steamed, dried and stone-ground into a fine powder for you to enjoy. The resulting drink contains less caffeine than coffee, is rich in antioxidants, contains vitamins and minerals, is believed to fight aging and gives your metabolism a boost. There are many grades and qualities of matcha, so do your research before buying.
1. 5. Butter Avenue Patisserie & Café
Owned and operated by siblings Tina and Calvin, who don’t leave any detail to chance, Butter Avenue is a blend of Japanese and Scandinavian concepts. Selected as one of Toronto’s “best bakeries” by Toronto Life in 2015.
Queen & Spadina location: 477 Queen St. W. | 416-815-8686
OPEN: Tue–Thu 11 am–8 pm • Fri–Sat 11 am–10 pm • Sun 11 am–7 pm • Mon Closed
Yonge & Lawrence location: 3467 Yonge St. | 647-341-8686
OPEN: Tue–Thu 11 am–7 pm • Fri–Sat 11 am–9 pm • Sun 11 am–6 pm • Mon Closed
2.6.8. Millie Patisserie & Creamery
Proudly serving Toronto’s first Japanese crêpes and parfaits, with a focus on market-fresh ingredients and making everything in-house. Millie Patisserie also offers a fine selection of teas.
12 Oxley St., Unit 101 | 416-596-0063
OPEN: Mon–Sat 12 pm–8 pm • Sun 12 pm–6 pm
Tsujiri is a Japanese tea brand that was founded in Kyoto in 1860. Tsujiri Toronto is the brand’s first North American location, specializing in various matcha drinks and sweets. Menu items feature one, two or three tea leaves to indicate their “matcha intensity.”
147 Dundas St. W. | 647-351-7899
OPEN: Daily 11 am– 10 pm
4.7.10. Neo Coffee Bar
At Neo Coffee Bar, owners Bruce and Masashi have created a “new kind of coffee community,” a place where they can “relate to people through food.” Passionate coffee consumers will feel at home here.
161 Frederick St., Unit 100 | 647-348-8811
OPEN: Mon–Fri 7 am–7 pm • Sat–Sun 8 am–5 pm