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. 😀
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
For the topping:
200g white chocolate
3 egg yolks
5 TL Genmaicha (Asia Shop)
- For the dough: check the recipe of peach iced tea tart.
- 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.
- Spread the mousse on the chilled tart lay split apricots on top. Chill the tart in the refrigerator overnight.
- Serve with a cup of fresh brewed genmaicha. Yummy …