We are so happy to introduce – The Red Matcha Powder!

with Matcha Red Tea Powder Matcha Blue Tea Powder Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder

We are so excited to bring to you our new Red Matcha Powder. Due to the overwhelming response we have received for the Blue Matcha, it was time to bring-in this next ingredient that is on everyone’s timeline, the Red Matcha. So what exactly is this red delight?

WHAT IS RED MATCHA POWDER?

The Red Matcha Powder is made from hand-picked, micro-milled hibiscus flowers (Hibiscus sabdariffa) that are harvested in the evening and early morning hours (before dawn) since the hibiscus flowers produce the most aroma and flavor during that time. They are naturally caffeine-free and have a pleasantly sour or tarty taste.

Just like our Butterfly Pea Flowers, the Red Matcha is sourced from a women-run cooperative of sustainable micro-farms from rural Thailand. Even though they are micro-farms their commitment to following sustainable farming practices and avoiding the use of any kind of pesticides is something we truly admire. These farms also promote the employment of middle aged women, the elderly and those that are differently-abled.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE RED MATCHA POWDER?

The uses and benefits of the hibiscus flower have been a part of many cultures and traditions all across the globe. In ancient African cultures for example, the hibiscus flower was consumed as a cold beverage to reduce body temperatures. According to popular ayurvedic traditions, hibiscus has been used to cleanse the body for physical and spiritual purposes. Even in parts of Iran and South-East Asia it is consumed as sour tea to promote liver health and for diuretic purposes.

Hibiscus flowers are rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamin C, anthocyanins, pectins and essential minerals and are often liked for its tarty taste. Red Matcha has that similar tarty, cranberry-like flavour and sometimes people prefer to add sugar to sweeten it. Sour tea is hugely popular in many parts of the world and it is a perfect way to add flavour and colour to your morning lattes or to make your very own red iced tea.

HOW DO YOU USE IT?

Red Matcha Powder can be used in a number of ways and to help you all get started we have listed a few of our favourite things to do with it:

  • Red Matcha can be easily incorporated into baked goods to make bright red muffins, scones, cookies and so much more. All you need to do is to replace a small amount of flour with the Red Matcha powder. We love to make matcha pancakes or waffles for breakfast using either Red or Green Matcha Powder.
  • You can also get started by adding Red Matcha powder to your morning breakfast bowls, smoothies and shakes to give it that natural red colour and nutrient boost or by sprinkling a little powder onto your popcorn.
  • Adding some Red Matcha to your salad dressing is also a fun way to get started and to give that tarty-tangy kick to your salads.
  • You can even use the Red Matcha in your home bar to prepare vibrant colourful cocktails.

Due to the ultra-fine milled hibiscus powder, Red Matcha Powder produces a deep red colour in any food. No coincidence why it is popularly used as a food dye to add colour to frosting, cakes, iced tea or to turn drinks and lattes into a beautiful red foamy treats.

It’s no coincidence that we are starting to see so many bright red lattes and teas on menus and on our Instagram stories. For all the teetotalers wondering how to get started, mix 2 teaspoons of the Red Matcha Powder in about 500 ml of water. Let the Red Matcha steep for up to 10 minutes and you would have your very own red coloured tea, feel free to mix honey or sugar for a more complex flavour or a squeeze of lime juice to balance the tartness

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We are so happy to introduce – The Red Matcha Powder!

Matcha Red Tea Powder

We are so happy to introduce – The Red Matcha Powder!

Matcha Blue Tea Powder

We are so happy to introduce – The Red Matcha Powder!

Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder

Festive Cookies (Red and Green Matcha)

with Matcha Red Tea Powder Matcha Blue Tea Powder Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder

Prep Time: 5-10 mins

Cook Time: 15-20 mins

Westpoint Ingredients

  • 3 cups Organic All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mix (divided into 2)
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder (divided into 2)
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda (divided into 2)
  • 1 tsp Fine Sea Salt (divided into 2)
  • 1 cup Cocoa Butter
  • 1 cup Demerara Style Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Organic Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp Organic Natural Cocoa Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Red Matcha Powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Organic Green Tea Matcha Powder
  • 1 cup Organic Chocolate Chips (divided into 2)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Bean extract (Can make it at home using Vanilla Bean, divided into 2)

Other Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup of either Vodka, Rum or Bourbon (pick your favourite, for homemade Vanilla Extract)

Method

1) You can start by lining a large baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper. Set it aside.
2) In a medium size bowl, mix together 1/2 of the Organic All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mix, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Sea Salt, Organic Natural Cocoa Powder and the Red Matcha Powder for the red cookie dough. Set it aside.
3) Add 1 egg to the red cookie dough. Let it rest for 4 to 5 minutes to thicken and set it aside.
4) In another medium bowl, mix together 1/2 of the Organic All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mix, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Sea Salt, and Organic Green Tea Matcha Powder for your green tea cookie dough and set it aside.
5) Add 1 egg to the green tea cookie dough. Let it rest for 4 to 5 minutes to thicken and set it aside.
6) Then start beating the butter until it comes together in one lump, about 1 minute (you can also do this by hand). Add in the Demerara Style Brown Sugar and 1/2 cup of Organic Cane Sugar and beat for another 1-2 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves into the butter. Divide the butter mixture in half, and set aside half of the butter mixture in another medium bowl.
7) To prepare homemade Vanilla Bean extract, Slice each bean once long-ways and place in an empty bottle. Pour one cup of vodka, rum or alcohol of your choice. Make sure the vanilla beans are completely submerged, now all you have to do is shake it occasionally and wait. It generally takes a few weeks before its ready to use.
8) Mix in the red-coloured bowl, 1/2 tsp of the vanilla extract with the butter mixture and beat until mixed (the batter will be lumpy). Gradually add in the cocoa powder-flour mixture to create your Red Matcha cookie dough and continue beating until a little flour remains. Fold in the Organic Chocolate Chips.
9) Take the other half of the butter mixture and mix in the other Green Tea egg mix and 1/2 tsp of the vanilla extract with the butter mixture and beat until mixed (the batter will be lumpy) to create your green tea cookie dough and continue beating until a little flour remains. Fold in the Organic Chocolate Chips.
10) You can divide each set of dough into 6-12 even pieces, depending on how large you want your cookies. Shape the dough roughly into a ball, but do not roll it.
11) Place on the prepared baking sheet, you can space it about 1 inch apart.
12) You can refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours before baking.
13) Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake cookies for 18-22 minutes, until the outside of the cookies are hardened but the cookies are still soft inside.
14) If you are in doubt, take your cookies out early. The cookies will continue to cook as they cool.
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