Green Tea and Lemon Swirl Loaf

Green Tea and Lemon Loaf

My light lemon and tea scented loaf cake turned out to be a big hit with my husband. He’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy so I was a little surprised, but then again he’ll eat nearly anything I put in front of him. I’m pretty lucky that he’s adventurous to try new ingredients and flavors. This is a great after Thanksgiving loaf. If you’re feeling overloaded with turkey leftovers the gentle and delicate flavors of this loaf are perfect.

Green Tea and Lemon Loaf

I made this as my inspired dessert after reading The Joy Luck Club. I couldn’t stop thinking about green tea while reading. I always wanted to try making a green tea dessert made with matcha powder but it’s very expensive (it can run about $20 in Whole Foods)! When I was down in NYC the other weekend I stopped in a Japanese grocery store and found a little tin for $7. You can taste the tea in loaf but it’s not over powering. The lemon is a great compliment.

The characters eat a lot of dumplings and pork but the book is all about a group of women who emigrated from China to San Francisco in the 1940’s and the story of their daughters who are first generation Chinese Americans. Green tea isn’t specifically mentioned in the book but green tea was drunk in China over 4,000 years ago. I’m a huge tea lover so I couldn’t not make something with matcha.

The most cups of tea I’ve managed to drink in one day, while at my desk working, was six. I tried this experiment many times while Lehman Brothers when in Administration and we all had a lot of spare times on our hands. Anymore than six cups I feel flooded.

I had this for breakfast a few times while at my desk at work too. You can find the recipe at Joy The Baker. I didn’t change anything.

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