April 20, 2007

Green Tea & Black Pearl Cake

1 1/3 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon green tea powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg, at room temperature
4 oz Vosges Black Pearl chips*

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour or spray one loaf pan. In a small bowl, whisk togher the egg, oil, and milk. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and green tea powder. Pour in the wet ingredients and mix to combine> Fold in chips. Pour into prepared pan and bake 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool briefly in pan, then remove to wire rack and cool completely.

*These are dark chocolate chips that contain black sesame seeds, wasabi and ginger. You can sub 4 oz semi sweet chips, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon black sesame seeds and wasabi to taste for a similar effect.
My thoughts:
I recently came in possession of both Japanese-inspired Black Pearl chips and matcha powder and I have been trying to think of a way to combine the two. The Black Pearl chips, while divine, only come in tiny 4 oz bags, which eliminated many old standbys like cookies and fudge. I finally arrived at the perfect solution: a simple loaf cake. Sweet and moist, it doesn't need icing and the flavors of the delightful chips and the green tea shine through. I love the lurid green cake and the slightly gooey chips. It couldn't have been a better choice.