Genmaicha Mousse au Chocolate Tart 玄米茶杏撻

© Qin Xie-Krieger

© Qin Xie-Krieger

Genmaicha??? I guess you were quite curious about what this could be when you were clicking on this post. 😉

At least one thing I can tell you: This click has definitely been paid off! Because, today you’ll get to know a fabulous green tea. 😀

© Qin Xie-Krieger

© Qin Xie-Krieger

Although I appreciate the wonderful smell of coffee very much, I am not a coffee drinker at all, but I really love tea. I like to drink European tea such as fruit tea and herbs tea. However, green tea, jasmine tea, oolong tea, white tea and co. are clearly my favorites.

During my trip to Japan last year, I discovered the wonderful genmaicha for me. Since then this tea has taken first place in my ranking list of the best teas.

© Qin Xie-Krieger

© Qin Xie-Krieger

Now back to the answer for your question: Genmaicha is a species of green tea with roasted rice grains. According to a Japanese legend, the origin of this tea can be traced back to a Kyoto tea merchant who lived a long time ago. Apparently he should have invented this tea by accident (like almost all the most delicious foods all over the world): some crumbles of rice cakes dropped in his tea, he kept drinking the tea without taking those crumbles out of tea and loved the additional flavor of the baked rice cakes with the tea taste. Then he started to mix his green tea with roasted rice grains and sold this tea as a new assortment. It was a best seller!

© Qin Xie-Krieger

© Qin Xie-Krieger

Whether this story is true, I can not judge. I assume that at least Chinese and Koreans will strongly disagree, for these two countries also have similar versions of green tea with roasted rice. The very close cultural and traditional ties between these three countries doesn’t really make everything easy.

But for me, it’s really not important who invented this great tea. The main thing is that it has been invented and I can fully enjoy it today! 😉

Comparing to the other green teas, Genmaicha is much milder. The bitter taste of green tea is softened a lot by the roasting flavor of the rice grains.


© Qin Xie-Krieger

© Qin Xie-Krieger

Pouring the hot water (80 degrees) onto the tea makes a seductive fragrance of roasted rice grains rise into your nose. It is absolutely a treat of multiple senses! Therefore using a teapot with a large opening is necessarily to illustrate this great fragrance experience.

Among the different genmaichas from different regions, I like the Japanese the most. Because the clever Japanese have mixed their unique lovely Macha powder in their genmaicha. This ground green tea powder of excellent quality adds a delighting green color to the Japanese genmaicha. When it comes to aesthetics, the Japanese are one of the best!

© Qin Xie-Krieger

© Qin Xie-Krieger

So, long story short: For my new experiment with tarts, this time I have laid my eyes on the genmaicha. If you have already followed my posts of last summer, then you must have already read about my Peach Ice Tea Tart. Today I have a sister version for you: Apricot-Genmaicha Tart!

If you feel like you want more sweets with green tea, check the Macha Mousse au Chocolate. Enjoy the great summer! 🙂


For the dough:
250g wheat flour
100g icing sugar
100g butter
1 egg

For the topping:
200g white chocolate
400g cream
3 egg yolks
5 TL Genmaicha (Asia Shop)


  1. For the dough: check the recipe of peach iced tea tart.
  2. For the Genmaicha cream: boil 150g cream in a saucepan, turn off the heat, add Genmaicha to the cream. Let the tea steep for about 10 minutes. Sieve the tea cream mixture, remove the tea leaves and rice grains. Then melt the chocolate while stirring constantly. Chill the chocolate cream. Add the rest of the cream in a tall mixing bowl and beat until stiff. Beat the egg yolks in a bowl until fluffy. Stir in the chocolate cream at first, then fold in the whipped cream gently.
  3. Spread the mousse on the chilled tart lay split apricots on top. Chill the tart in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. Serve with a cup of fresh brewed genmaicha. Yummy …

14 thoughts on “Genmaicha Mousse au Chocolate Tart 玄米茶杏撻

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  2. strictlydelicious

    This tart is absolutely lovely. But I am awestruck that you used the tea with it too! I too love the smell of coffe, but would rather drink tea every day of the week. I looove green tea, but Ive never heard of genmaicha before. The way you describe it makes me want to pick some up on the way home! Thanks for the lesson and this stunning fruit tart!

    1. Qin Post author

      Hihi, Thanks for your lovely comment. Genmaicha is indeed not (yet) very famous in western countries. Also in Europe I can rarely find the Japanese Genmaicha. But I guess in US the chance might much bigger. Good luck! 😀

  3. Margot @ Gather and Graze

    Qin, how lovely to learn about Genmaicha tea today… it’s something I’ll certainly look out for when next shopping for tea (it sounds rather unique!) Your tart is so pretty and I’m sure it was a joy to eat. Thank you so much for your addition to Fiesta Friday this week – much appreciated. 🙂

    1. Qin Post author

      Hihi Margot, thank you for stopping by and your lovely words. 🙂 I enjoy to read your recipes a lot too. Have a beautiful day! 😀

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