The matcha break

This week, Matcha is back!

Detoxifying, Rejuvenating, Energy Booster, or even the essential ingredient to wake up your taste buds...

Sissi invites you to discover its benefits, its favorite recipe of the moment without forgetting its good addresses where to find quality Matcha.

La pause matcha

What about Matcha?

Matcha is a very special type of green tea grown and produced in a unique way and according to ancestral traditions by artisan growers in Japan. The leaves are not infused but rather finely ground into a very delicate powder. The resulting powder is mixed with hot water in a matcha bowl, with a special utensil called a chasen (a matcha whisk made from a single piece of bamboo). The tea leaf is fully consumed, which provides a phenomenal amount of antioxidants: 137x more than in infused tea!

The Multiple Health Benefits of Matcha

âś“ Matcha is an excellent aid to concentration and mood thanks to the combination between theine and an amino acid called L-Theanine

âś“ It relieves tension and brings an energized sense of calm

âś“ It helps slow down neurodegenerative diseases thanks to its high rate of flavonoids and polyphenols

âś“ Antioxidants in Matcha tea called EGCG or "catechins" may reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, according to numerous published scientific studies

âś“ It helps with weight loss when combined with a healthy lifestyle

Matcha Lover: Recipe and good addresses!

Besides the drink, there is another way to consume Matcha, it is to use it in cooking and this is what we offer you here by making you discover a Matcha meringue pie recipe.

Matcha Meringue Pie

Prepare the dough: Preheat the oven to 325°F and lightly grease a 9000 inch pie pan with coconut oil. Combine the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, shredded coconut, sugar, salt and egg white in a medium bowl and mix with your hands until a stiff dough forms. form. Press the coconut mixture evenly into the bottom and sides of the tart pan, creating a 1/4 inch thick wall and base. Bake until golden brown and set, about 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. Prepare the filling: Combine the sugar, cornstarch, Matcha and salt in a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Add the yolks and stir until smooth. Stir in milk and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook custard, stirring often, until thickened and bubbly, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in butter and vanilla until smooth. Scrape the pudding into the cooled pie crust and smooth the top. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding (do not refrigerate).
Make the meringue (immediately!): Combine the sugar, cornstarch and egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Place the bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is warm to the touch (an instant-read thermometer should read no more than 140°F).Remove bowl from pan, attach to stand mixer and beat meringue on medium-high speed until glossy and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in vanilla, then spread meringue evenly over hot pie filling; leave about an inch of filler exposed around the edge. Brown the outside of the meringue using a broiler or kitchen torch, then let the pie cool completely to set the filling before serving.Recipe by Jessica Flint and Anna Kavaliunas

Where to buy Matcha?

- France, PARIS 75001 -

Traveling also means setting out to discover unmissable addresses. Sissi discovered this little wonder in Paris, a TORAYA boutique-tea room that offers a wide selection of Japanese teas, traditional Japanese pastries in harmony with the seasons, and cakes.

- Japan, KYOTO 〒604-0915 -

If you have the chance to visit Japan and are passing through Kyoto, Sissi strongly advises you to take a short detour to the IPPODO shop , where you will find Japanese green tea of the highest quality for more than three centuries.

Good tasting !