Tuesday, May 1, 2012

抹茶の季節IV:Zen 禅

パティスリー「風と土」Patisserie Kazetotsuchi's Spring Creation-Zen 禅
甘さの中にほんのり苦みを感じる宇治抹茶とホワイトチョコムースで洋酒が香るバニラクリームを包みました。中には丹波産の黒豆が隠れています。The name of the product speaks a lot about the quality of this petite creation by a Japanese chef.

Very smooth and bitter matcha mousse encasing liquor-accented white chocolate mousse. Black beans are hidden within the white chocolate mousse and the base is a green tea sponge.If you translate kazetotsuchi it means wind and soil. Actually, the concept behind this patissier of the shop is very simple--to incorporate natural/local ingredients into their products. This petit gateux is highly recommended as it is not too rich in terms of creaminess or sweetness and yet has brought out the flavours of matcha without relying on the traditional red beans.
Matcha Doughnuts made without flour? Impossible
This is actually matcha red bean pudding fitted into a doughnut mould.
Because kanten powder is used in making this product, the texture is in between a mousse and a jelly.of course this is much more healthier than a real doughnut. Another plus point about this is that the matcha flavour is very strong, much stronger than expected from it's looks. Again, the azuki bean paste is sweet and can be left out.
玄米フレーク クリスプ 抹茶ミルク 
Kelloggs Bran Flakes Crispy Matcha Milk ("Healthy" Snack)栄養バランスに優れた玄米が主原料のシリアルが入ったビスケット。玄米の香ばしさに、抹茶のほろ苦さとミルクのまろやかな甘みがマッチしたおいしさです。
An ideal snack to have because the biscuits have been fortified with lots of nutrients like calcium and iron. Most importantly, the taste is not compromised even though the idea of cornflakes may seem boring to some people. 
Glico Panapp Matcha Kuromitsu Ice Cream
Matcha Ice Cream sandwiched with layers of dark chocolate shards and black sugar syrup. An ice cream that resembles a millefeuille.
Crunchy and the texture of the ice is much better than the Lotte Matcha Ice. The crispness of the chocolate is sufficient to substitute the texture that ice cream cone gives.
アルフォート抹茶 Bourbon Matcha Chocolate Biscuit
抹茶チョコレート&ダイジェスティブビスケット くつろぎのティータイムに風味豊かな味わい
I must say Bourbon has been very aggressive in its matcha products sales. This is another kind that has the matcha chocolate encased around the digestive biscuit instead of sandwiched in between. Apparently according to some sources, the picture of a ship is imprinted on every product of this series and is actually linked to its name"アルフォート".  

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