Tiramisu with matcha green tea powder doesn’t use any heavy cream, but it has a rich taste and light and fluffy texture. We are very glad that one of the most popular Italian desserts goes great with Japanese matcha green tea powder! VIDEO
Green Tea Tiramisu
180 g Castella substitute: ladyfingers or other type of sponge cake, 7mm/0.3" thick
3 Dessert Bowls 10cm/3.9" diameter
Let's prepare the ingredients. Cut the castella sponge cake into 7mm (0.3") slices. Partially freezing the cake makes it easy to slice.
Cut the 2 slices into small triangular pieces. These will be used to fill the gaps of the dessert bowl later.
Next, add a small amount of hot water to the matcha green tea powder and mix it thoroughly. This process will help the matcha dissolve completely.
Then, add the water and rum. Stir the matcha liquid well.
Place the egg yolk in a bowl and add half of the sugar. Using a balloon whisk, beat the egg mixture thoroughly until it turns a light color as shown.
Add one third of the mascarpone cheese. Press it with a spatula and thoroughly combine the mixture.
Add another one third of the mascarpone. The mixture easily separates so you might want to avoid using a hand mixer. Add the rest of the mascarpone and mix.
Finally, lightly mix with a balloon whisk to combine it evenly.
Next, float the bowl of egg white on ice water and lightly beat it with a hand mixer. Then, add the sugar in 3 steps.
Now, the meringue begins to have a glossy texture. Thoroughly beat the meringue until it reaches a stiff peak stage. Lift the beaters to check if the stiff peaks form.
Add half of the meringue to the cheese mixture. Lift the mixture with a balloon whisk and gently drop it into the bowl. This will help to avoid breaking the foam and also combine the mixture quickly.
Add the other half of the meringue and combine. Unlike our previous tiramisu, this recipe doesn't heat the egg so be sure to use eggs that can be eaten raw or find pasteurized eggs.
Finally, lightly fold the cheese mixture with a spatula.
Let's make the matcha tiramisu. Place the fruit granola into a dessert bowl.
Arrange the castella slices onto the bottom. Authentic Italian tiramisu uses Savoiardi biscuits also known as ladyfingers but other types of sponge cake are also used.
Fill the gaps with the small pieces of castella.
Using a pastry brush, soak the castella with a generous amount of the matcha liquid.
Place the cheese mixture into the bowl and flatten the surface.
Arrange the castella on top. The dessert bowl we used in the video serves 2 people, but you can also make the tiramisu in one large container for 6 people.
Soak the castella with the matcha liquid again.
Place the cheese mixture onto it. With a scraper, even out the surface.
Finally, sprinkle on the matcha green tea powder. This elegant dessert really makes the green color of the matcha stand out.
Clean the edges of the bowl and thoroughly chill the tiramisu in the fridge for 2 hours.
Castella is a relatively sweet sponge cake so we used a minimal amount of sugar, but you can adjust the amount according to your taste.