The author of this recipe is Viktorija from the blog „Barška puodai“.
Though hojicha tea is not well-discovered in Lithuania yet, it is highly popular in its motherland Japan. It is valued for its roasted sweet flavor and widely used in culinary – hojicha definitely adds quite a bit of uniqueness to various bakes, lattes and ice cream.
What is hojicha powder?
Hojicha is a roasted green tea. While being roasted, tea leaves lose a big part of its caffeine content. That‘s why hojicha is great to enjoy at any time of the day. In Japan, hojicha is a typical restaurant tea – it is often served next to a meal as a complimentary drink. It is as popular as matcha powder in confectionery – roasted taste notes go well along with sweetness. You’ll find the whole range of hojicha-flavored lattes and sweets while visiting Japan. But let’s get back to our kitchen and bring a scent of Japan to our homes while making a hojicha roll cake.
Hojicha roll cake recipe
4 tablespoons of wheat flour
1. 1 tablespoon of Yugen tea hojicha powder
4 tablespoons of sugar
1 pinch of salt
A bit of oil to cover a baking pan
A small bowl of ricotta cheese
100 gr of mascarpone cheese
A few strawberries
A lime peel
How to make a sponge cake?
1. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar to the ribbon stage, slowly sift the flour and continue mixing it
- Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until medium peaks.
- Carefully transfer egg whites into a mass of egg yolks, slowly add sifted flour and hojicha powder and carefully mix everything with a small paddle.
- Cover a baking pan with oil and form a square out of the mass. Put it in the oven at 170-degree temperature for 10 to 12 minutes.
Leave it to cool down.
How to make a cream?
- Beat ricotta cheese with mascarpone cheese.
- Add some lime peel.
- Cut some fresh strawberries and add them to the cream.
- Cover sponge-cake with the cream, roll it carefully, wrap it in the food film and leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours.