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Green Tea Souffle 抹茶スフレ


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Making Green Tea souffle has been on my baking bucket list as long as I remember.  Unless you are in Japan, this unique dessert that doesn’t normally appear on the dessert menu in your local cafes and restaurants.  Only way to taste the incredible warm fluffy texture of souffle accented with the unique bitter matcha flavor is to make your own.

Today, unlike my usual posts, I want to talk about the little struggles I had with this recipe.

Now if you have attempted to make souffle at home AND tried take good pictures of it while the souffle is risen up, you know this is not easy to do (unless you’re an experienced pâtissier).  No matter how many times I make this souffle, each souffle at every testing comes differently.  The shot of PERFECT souffle?  It’s nearly impossible for this novice baker.  After my experience with the Chocolate Souffle, I tried taking pictures of the souffle in the kitchen for the first ones I baked, right out of the oven.  This shot was taken after a midnight baking session with my new indoor lights.

Green Tea Souffle | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

I struggled to capture  that moment.  The moment when the souffle reached the highest peak.  While the green tea souffle was in the oven, I prepared styling, composition, camera setting… and I thought I was ready.  However, when the food get placed into location for the camera, there was always something I need to adjust.  And every second that goes by, the souffle starts to slowly deflate.  This dessert has a mind of its own and doesn’t wait for me.

Next time I baked during the day time and tried with natural light.  I had to run to “the studio” in my living room where I get good natural light.  Ran as fast as I could, with the souffle in my hand.  Hurry, hurry, click, click, click… And here’s the result I ended up with.

Green Tea Souffle | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Deflated a little bit.  But honestly, this is the best I could do with my current baking & photography skills.  :)

We tested the recipe several times and made several more rounds of souffles in order to shoot for video and photography.  Although we love this green tea souffle very much, if Mr. JOC and I had to eat every single one we would have some serious calories to burn off (Didn’t I tell you I work out 5 days a week?  Now you know why!).  We fed our friends and relative through the recipe development process and the feedback was really awesome.  They all loved it!  By the way, if you really love matcha flavor, use 2 Tbsp. of match as the recipe calls for; otherwise you can decrease to 1 Tbsp.

Green Tea Souffle | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Lastly, I have one important thing to say about this recipe.  Use a kitchen scale (highly recommend for perfect result) and follow the recipe as precisely as you could before adapting.  For all the recipes on Just One Cookbook, I test many many times until they come out right.  This is a simple recipe, yet I’d say it’s not so easy to make it right.

Now here’s the video on How To Make Green Tea souffle, and we’ve included some outtakes at the end.  I highly recommend to take a look at the video before you start following the written recipe below.

If you cannot find matcha green tea in your area, you can get them from my favorite online spice store Season with Spice.  They sell excellent quality matcha powder for culinary purpose.  Use the promotional code below to order.

Season with Spice matcha promo for JOC

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Thank you so much for reading, and till next time!

Green Tea souffle 抹茶スフレ
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For coating ramekins
  • ½ Tbsp. (7 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 tsp. granulated sugar
  • For the custard
  • 150 ml milk
  • 100 ml heavy whipping cream (double cream)
  • 3 large yolks
  • 22 g (2 Tbsp./ 0.8 oz) granulated sugar
  • 25 g (2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp./0.9 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 1-2 Tbsp. matcha green tea powder (1 Tbsp. matcha = 6 g, 0.2 oz)
  • For the meringue
  • 3 egg whites
  • 44g (4 Tbsp/1.6 oz) granulated sugar
  • For dusting
  • 1 Tbsp. powder (icing) sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 390F (200C).
  2. For the ramekins: Brush the ramekins with butter, using upward strokes. Put 1 tsp. sugar in each ramekin and rotate the ramekin to dust the insides with sugar. Remove excess sugar from the ramekin and chill in refrigerator to set (This gives the souffles something to grip on to as the batter climbs up the sides of the ramekins during baking.).
    Green Tea Souffle 1
  3. For the custard: In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar together.
    Green Tea Souffle 2
  4. Sift the flour into the egg mixture and mix well.
    Green Tea Souffle 3
  5. Heat the milk and heavy cream in a small saucepan until almost boiling.
    Green Tea Souffle 4
  6. Add a splash of hot milk mixture into the egg mixture and whisk well until the mixture is smooth.
    Green Tea Souffle 5
  7. Then gradually whisk in the rest of the milk mixture.
    Green Tea Souffle 6
  8. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan. Whisk the mixture ALL TIMES over a medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes until thickened and smooth. KEEP WHISKING during this process otherwise your custard will overcook and become clumpy.
    Green Tea Souffle 7
  9. When the custard has thickened, immediately transfer to a bowl (otherwise remaining heat from the saucepan will “overcook” the mixture). Cover with plastic wrap and cool to room temperature (you can put in the fridge to make this process faster).
    Green Tea Souffle 8
  10. Once the custard has cool down, sift matcha green tea powder into the custard.
    Green Tea Souffle 9
  11. For the meringue: Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl till bubbles start to form (Kitchen Aid mixer Level 3 for 2 minutes).
    Green Tea Souffle 10
  12. Start adding sugar gradually a spoonful at a time. Once you add all the sugar, increase the speed to Level 8 and whisk to make a firm, glossy meringue, about 3-4 minutes.
    Green Tea Souffle 11
  13. Whisk ⅓ of the meringue into the custard and mix until homogenous.
    Green Tea Souffle 12
  14. Very carefully fold in the rest of the meringue using a rubber spatula. Do not over mix.
    Green Tea Souffle 13
  15. Divide the souffle mix into 4 ramekins. Tap them on the work surface to level the mixture and run the thumb around the edge.
    Green Tea Souffle 14
  16. Place the ramekins on a baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes until well risen and slightly golden on top. The souffle should wobble gently in the middle when it’s ready.
    Green Tea Souffle 15
  17. Dust with powder sugar and place on a plate. Serve immediately.
    Green Tea Souffle 16
Notes
Prep Time does not include the cool-down time.

I use 4-oz (1 cup) ramekins.

Recipe adapted from Gordon Ramsay's Raspberry souffle. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

 

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  • Choc Chip Uru May 18, 2014, 3:11 pm

    I remembered how you used to say you were not a baker! You always were, and this gorgeous soufflé just exemplifies it :D
    LOVE this flavour! And yes, it is so difficult to photograph a soufflé :P

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  • A_Boleyn May 18, 2014, 4:33 pm

    What an outstanding looking souffle. I’ve made savoury souffles but never a sweet one. But one day. :)

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  • donna mikasa May 18, 2014, 4:58 pm

    I will just stare at the photo for a while….what a thing of beauty! I know how difficult it is to master a soufflé. That is probably on my bucket list! Thank you for sharing the technique and the video!

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    • Nami May 20, 2014, 12:06 pm

      Hi Donna! Thank you so much for your kind words! Indeed, it is very hard to master it. Hope I can easily make this one day. :D Thanks for watching the video too!

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  • Aiko Takemura May 18, 2014, 6:53 pm

    Nami,

    Thank you so much for your weekend blog posts. I always look forward to it. I especially love the music you use. Where do you find them? They are always so perfect.

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    • Nami May 20, 2014, 12:08 pm

      Hi Aiko! Thank you so much for following my blog posts! The music is from Audio Network (http://us.audionetwork.com/). We actually spend quite some time to get a good music for each video. :D

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  • kwbentodiary May 18, 2014, 7:20 pm

    oh gosh….looks so yummy!!

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  • Mel May 18, 2014, 7:21 pm

    Such a perfect souffle you made. I can understand when you want to capture the perfect pic you will want everything to be perfect in place.

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  • cristina May 18, 2014, 9:18 pm

    What a gorgeous recipe and idea using green tea in a souffle! I need me jar of that green tea powder, I think the one I have may be a bit old/expired! :) Nami, your images turned out beautiful of the souffle. I’ve never made one before so I don’t know how long they stay inflated before sinking but it looks like you nailed it!

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  • Belinda@themoonblushbaker May 18, 2014, 10:01 pm

    Gosh you really underestimate your abilities Nami! You are great at baking and making sweets. These look perfect and I love the matcha addition. These are so pretty and well risen; also great job on the photos!
    Souffle must be so hard to shoot!

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  • Victoria Bakes May 18, 2014, 10:19 pm

    what truly professional soufflé you’ve got there.. if only i could bake mine like yours

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  • Christy May 18, 2014, 11:43 pm

    I’ve heard so much about the challenges of making; let alone perfecting a soufflé, even though I’m not a baker or a cook myself. It takes a lot of patience and skills to make this, and I’m sure your hard work has definitely paid off with this artistic piece :-)
    Haha, then comes the photography part, but you have again, done so wonderfully! ;-)
    Nothing can be too difficult for you, dear Nami, for you always succeed at everything! Bravo!~ :-D

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  • Medeja May 19, 2014, 3:49 am

    This souffle has such a great color!

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  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 19, 2014, 5:13 am

    It looks fantastic Nami! And you work out five days a week? Well done! I do three days and that’s enough for me (well I should do more but I don’t like it very much) :P

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  • Emily May 19, 2014, 6:47 am

    Hi Nami, I have been reading your blog for a few months and have tried some of your recipes. My daughter loved all of them!Every dish is so beautifully presented. Tracking your blog posts becomes one of my daily rountines. Will try the green tea souffle!Great pic!

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    • Nami May 20, 2014, 12:11 pm

      Hi Emily! Thank you so much for following my blog and trying my recipes. I’m so happy to hear your daughter enjoys them. :) Good luck with green tea souffle – it’s not one of easy recipes but the taste is amazing! Thanks for writing. :) xo

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  • Kristy May 19, 2014, 8:40 am

    At first glance I was so impressed with your picture Nami! Then I read your post and couldn’t believe it had already deflated somewhat and that you were struggling to get the shot. You would never have known it by looking at the amazing photos! I think they look great and that you captured them very well. I don’t know how you do it all – you are such an inspiration. And I still don’t know how you are able to stay up so late – let alone cook that late! I’m definitely crashed out by then. :)

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  • John@Kitchen Riffs May 19, 2014, 9:41 am

    Lovely souffle! I haven’t had a green tea one — I’ll bet it’s wonderful. Nor have I tried to photograph one — I can imagine how difficult it could be. Congrats on the new lights — they’ll change your life. Once you get used to them, I’ll bet you’ll find in many ways it’s easier to take pictures. Although the really hard stuff — the food styling, composition, etc — is still there!

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  • Monica May 19, 2014, 11:16 am

    This looks wonderful;I love green-tea flavored anything! I totally understand the photography issue but I think you did a great job capturing the souffle and we can all picture how it must have stood when it came out of the oven. I’ve made chocolate and lemon souffle…green tea would be terrific. I once had a green tea creme brulee that I still dream about…this dreamy souffle reminds me of that.

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  • Raymund May 19, 2014, 12:36 pm

    Look at you! baking again, I told you someday you will be a good baker as well. I love the flavours that you share in your baking posts

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  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 19, 2014, 1:08 pm

    Your soufflé is so pretty, Nami! Well done, running to the studio and all ;).

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  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 19, 2014, 1:34 pm

    I love the gorgeous green hue to this green tea soufflé, Nami! You really have a talent for desserts and I always love seeing what’s new from you. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef May 19, 2014, 3:00 pm

    What a gorgeous delight to have on your bucket list. It looks perfect!

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  • Terra May 19, 2014, 3:32 pm

    Taking photos of soufflés is the trickiest thing to accomplish. However, your soufflé and photos look fabulous! I just started baking with matcha green tea, and kinda love it! Now I need to make your lovely soufflé! Hugs, Terra

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  • Julie B. May 19, 2014, 6:14 pm

    The photo looks gorgeous; the top looks crusty and tempting, like I want to dig right into the soft delicious souffle.

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    • Nami May 20, 2014, 12:11 pm

      Thank you so much, Julie! I wish I can send you some! :)

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  • Kelly May 19, 2014, 6:45 pm

    This souffle looks gorgeous Nami! You did an amazing job with the photos with the limited amount of time :) I love matcha flavored so this sounds like a winner to me :)

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  • Hotly Spiced May 19, 2014, 8:16 pm

    Your souffle is so pretty and the colour is gorgeous. I haven’t put a souffle on my blog for all the reasons you’ve mentioned – you have to be so ready with your camera as soon as they come out of the oven. They certainly do deflate quickly! You did a great job, Nami xx

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  • Gourmet Getaways May 19, 2014, 8:41 pm

    Souffles are one of the hardest to make and you nailed this one! Love the idea of using green tea matcha. I’m sure your guests did, too. Thanks for sharing!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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  • The Ninja Baker May 20, 2014, 1:25 am

    面白いお話ですが素敵なスフレをできましたね。写真も本当に素敵ですよ。やはりスフレを食べされた方はうれしかったんですね。レシピ真にどうもありがとうございました。

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  • Chantal May 20, 2014, 4:57 am

    Hi Namy your Green tea Soufflé is fantastic!
    Soufflé is my nigthmare! I really like it and want to do it by myself but I tried and didn’t succed so many times !
    Soufflé with green tea is a very original idea!
    Chantal

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  • Kitchen Belleicious May 20, 2014, 5:24 am

    this is one of the neatest things I have ever seen. I love that you used green tea as the base. I would love to have a bite right now:) Hope all is well with the kids. I know school will be out before we know it)

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  • Sissi May 20, 2014, 6:59 am

    Nami, I have no idea how you have managed to make such a fabulous photograph before the soufflé falls! It looks so perfect, I would expect it in a very expensive restaurant (of course I’d order it if I saw it on the menu even though I often skip the dessert). Thank you for making this soufflé look so easy with your instructions (I see you have even used the famous thumb trick ;-) ).

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  • Mi Vida en un Dulce May 20, 2014, 10:03 am

    Can you believe that I have all your recipes with matcha in my to do’s and I never make one? Ok, it’s not easy to find matcha here, not in the place I live, so I need to go to the city and find the tea shops to look for it.

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  • Liz May 20, 2014, 2:19 pm

    Look at you!!! Baking a fancy, schmancy dessert to perfection!!! Beautiful, Nami!

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  • Sandra May 20, 2014, 4:27 pm

    I agree with Uru, look who’s a baker! This video was great and you guys picked the perfect music.

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  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking May 20, 2014, 7:11 pm

    One of my all time favorite souffles and you did wonderfully! I know how hard it is to capture the highest peaks but I think you did really well, Nami! Great pictures, delicious recipe and amazing video..music made me move, bloopers laugh and of course souffle drool hehe

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  • Samantha @FerraroKitchen May 20, 2014, 7:20 pm

    This is absolute perfection Nami!! I’ve made cheese souffle adn lemon souffle for the blog too and did the same exact thing..set up and pray that it doesn’t deflate before I can get a pic..lol Your souffle looks absolutely wonderful and I LOVE the gorgeous green!

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    • Nami May 25, 2014, 12:55 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Samantha! You’re too sweet to call this perfection. ;) Cheese souffle and lemon souffle! Love the flavor for the souffle. If we don’t have a blog post to worry… we would 120% enjoy making and eating the souffle… just because of pictures, my excitement for making and eating souffle decreases… :D I think I had quite a bit of souffle thanks to this post. xD Thank you for your comment!

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  • cquek May 21, 2014, 4:59 am

    gosh that is my favourite.. i love to have it right now.

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  • Kate May 21, 2014, 7:22 am

    This is beautiful, Nami! Great job, and very inspiring. I love this dessert… maybe I will make a couple to eat with the basket of blackberries I picked up at the market today.

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  • Ella-HomeCookingAdventure May 21, 2014, 9:12 am

    These are looking awesome. Love the color.

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  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz May 21, 2014, 11:33 am

    You did an amazing job on the clicks. Souffles are camera shy for sure. They are a challenge. And the souffle looks amazing with matcha. Got to make this some time. BTW I once made a souffle in the microwave for a challenge while I had no kitchen…can you imagine lol.

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  • Donalyn@TheCreeksideCook May 21, 2014, 12:24 pm

    Quite a lovely looking souffle, Nami – and I agree there are certain things that just don’t want to cooperate when you are trying to photograph them! I think your natural light shot turned out very nicely though – i want to dip a spoon tight in there!

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  • Ilan May 21, 2014, 3:54 pm

    Hey Nami!

    Alright, so I got on your website and as soon as I saw the souffle I was so impressed! Your souffle looks totally awesome. It’s funny, I made a souffle this week too and I had a very similar rant as yours. But don’t be upset about deflation–they all deflate, even if you’re a pro :)

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  • Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} May 23, 2014, 11:26 am

    What a perfect souffle! Love that you did a green tea version! Hope you have a great long holiday weekend!

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  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. May 24, 2014, 10:56 pm

    Souffles scare me, but I need to get over it!

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  • Sue | My Korean Kitchen May 25, 2014, 5:58 am

    Both photos look perfect to me! It’s making me hungry in this middle of night. I just pinned this for my secrete recipe to try board. I’ll definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen May 28, 2014, 7:48 pm

    I think they look great, souffles are hard to photograph!

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  • Baking Taitai May 29, 2014, 6:39 pm

    Nami, I absolutely love green tea and this is a great recipe to try out! I have bookmarked it, thanks for sharing! Your photography is awesome too!

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  • Lynna June 1, 2014, 11:27 pm

    This looks gorgeous Nami! I remember when you were talking about the struggle to photograph the chocolate souffles! Haha. I think all the photos turned out excellent, even though you had to rush. :) If I never make souffle, this would definitely be the first recipe I try!

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  • mjskit June 3, 2014, 8:38 am

    All hell to the Queen of Matcha!!!! She’s done it again! I sure wish I had been one of those friends that received a test souffle. YUM! What a beautiful souffle’ and it looks like it did just come out of the oven. Your new lights worked great IMO. Bobby just bought a new light and I hope to give it a try soon. I really like your results.

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  • Graeme June 12, 2014, 5:20 am

    Hi, I thought it may be of interest to you, seeing that you have a copy right on your photos. I have seen your souffle in somebodies instagram gallery. I have discovered he has many photos he has used and indirectly claims to be his. I have seen many on cooking web sites. I believe this is plagiarism. It may not worry you but I can give you his IG account if you wish. Why am I concerned? I believe he is deceiving a friend of mine.
    Hope you reply either way to me thank you

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  • zerrin June 26, 2014, 12:15 pm

    What a gorgeous souffle! The color is just stunning! I need to check if we have green tea powder here. Would really love to try it!

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  • Jina July 9, 2014, 5:15 pm

    Beautiful! I have to admit I’ve always been scared by souffles, but I have a packet of matcha I got from Japan last year so might just have to give this a go. Great excuse to go buy some cute ramekins too haha ;)

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  • Stefan October 15, 2014, 8:20 am

    Hey Nami,

    thanks for this recipe I cannot wait to try this souffle :-)
    By the way I tried to find some kind of suggestion page on your website, but couldn’t find one, so I`ll just throw it out there: Do you know how to make authentic Yatsuhashi?:) Sorry, I just couldn’t forgive myself to to have asked, just love your recipes :D

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    • Nami October 16, 2014, 9:43 pm

      Hi Stefan! I hope you enjoy this recipe! I’ll add Yatsuhashi to my list of recipes to share on JOC. Thank you for your request! I never thought of making Yatsuhashi at home…but living far from Japan, it makes sense to make it at home! :D

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