Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Green Tea Sablés

The closure to my can of almost-expiring matcha powder went to this recipe. I've never eaten nor seen a sablé before but that seems like a good recipe to burn my matcha powder, and the reviews for this particular recipe are good. Sablés is a classic French butter cookie which originates from Normandy, France. The name "Sablés" is French for "sand", describing the sandy texture of the cookie.

Googled for its pronunciation - we know how French words always sound so different from the spelling - it's pronounced as 'Sah-Bleh", sounds classy LOL. I can imagine myself going around offering the green cookies to everyone, and they gonna ask, "What are these?" And I'll take a deep breath and look oh-so-poetic and go, "Sah-Bleeeeh~"The thought of that intrigues me.

True to its name, the cookie is sandy and crumbly, enriched with the smoothness of butter. The granulated sugar rolled onto the side also contributed to the sandiness. The green tea fragrance is intense enough for me, make sure you use good quality matcha powder though. As you can see, I don't have the best rolling and slicing skills in the world, but they still look cute enough to be given away as little gifts for people :D
Green Tea Sablés (adapted from Keiko Ishida's Okashi)

240g pastry flour, chilled
15g matcha powder
150g unsalted butter, room temperature
130g icing sugar (I use 122g because that's all I've left :Þ)
pinch of salt
2 egg yolks
Granulated sugar for rolling on

1. Sift flour and matcha powder twice and set aside
2. Beat butter, icing sugar and salt until soft and creamy
3. Add in egg yolks and mix well
4. Fold in flour mixture with a spatula
5. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for about 15mins
6. Divide dough into 2 and shape them into logs about 3.5cm in diameter
7. Wrap the logs with parchment paper and refrigerate them until firm (I use shrink wrap instead and placed them in the freezer instead as I was running short of time)
8. Preheat oven to 150°C
9. Cut logs into 7mm thick slices and dip the edges into granulated sugar
10. Bake for about 25 mins and transfer to rack to cool completely

P.S. Damn I had a colleague went, "What are these?! Wasabi cookies?!" xD

1 comment:

  1. She was happy to do all the mixing and measuring (and licking of bowl!) and took genuine pride at the end of it all in the soft, pillowy cake which emerged out of the oven. best matcha powder perth