Strawberry Matcha Brownies with White Chocolate
Not your classic brownies, these homemade gourmet Strawberry Matcha Brownies with White Chocolate will blow your mind. The brownies are flavored with matcha powder, then topped with strawberry slices and white chocolate chunks. These delicious and colorful brownies are sure to steal the show at your party and gatherings.
Sometimes an ordinary pan of chocolate brownies hits the spot. For the other times and occasions, you need an extra special pan of brownies. If you are like me, I am always looking for new ways to put a creative spin on my favorite treat.
About Strawberry Matcha Brownies with White Chocolate
The recipe is an absolute must-try for any lover of sweet cakes and matcha combined. These Strawberry Matcha Brownies with White Chocolate are rich and decadent with the matcha flavor that gives distinct slightly earthy flavor and the white chocolate chunks at the top adds sweetness to compliment the bitter taste of matcha.
I use brown butter to make the matcha brownies. It layers in more flavor with a bit of nutty richness to underscore the earthy matcha. Brown butter is just cooking the butter a little past the melting point until it browns which results in a change of flavor, aroma, and color. At that point, the water will slowly evaporate leaving the butterfat and milk protein to continue cooking and browning. You will notice some brown specs at the bottom of your pan as the protein cooks. Be sure to keep your eye on it while cooking, because it is pretty easy to go from browned to burnt.
The brown bits add lots of flavor to brown butter. You can strain out or just leave the brown flecks in the butter. If your butter is one the dark brown side or slightly burned, you should strain the sediment because it might be too bitter-tasting to leave in.
Talking about matcha, don’t confuse it with the same green tea that you drink at home or Japanese restaurants. The names are slightly deceptive, but they are actually slightly different. Matcha and green tea both come from the same plant, camellia sinensis, but the production process differs greatly between them, right from the plant growing step, down to the manufacturing and packaging processes.
Please also note that matcha comes in both ceremonial-grade and culinary-grade. Ceremonial-grade matcha is the highest quality green tea powder available. This premium grade has delicate taste with extremely fine texture, which is perfect for drinking. Meanwhile, the culinary-grade powder is most often used for baking and cooking purposes.
You can make these brownies with or without the strawberries, but the strawberries are the star here. The strawberry slices and white chocolate chunks make these brownies extra pretty. The strawberry slices caramelize while baking, which makes them crisp and slightly chewy. In addition, they add a bit tartness to the sweet white chocolate and earthy matcha brownies. The fruity punch on every bite will make you cannot stop eating these.
I know that the smell of fresh-baked brownies just pulled from the oven is beyond amazing. However, giving your brownies ample time to cool will make for a nicer and cleaner cut. But more importantly, once they had time to set for an hour or two, the flavor will taste even better than when they first came out of the oven.
Strawberry Matcha Brownies
The delicious brownies are flavored with matcha powder, then topped with strawberry slices and white chocolate chunks.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (113 gr)
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar (100 gr)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 gr)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour (150 gr)
- 2 1/2 tbsp matcha powder
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 8-10 strawberries thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup coarsely chopped white chocolate (50 gr)
Cook butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until it foams, then browns for about 5–8 minutes. After it has browned, turn off the heat and remove the butter into separate bowl. Let it cool completely before using.
Preheat oven to 350F / 180°C. Grease an 8x8-inch / 20x20cm square pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine together all purpose flour, matcha powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together cooled brown butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until well combine. Whisk in eggs and vanilla extract until well combined.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until well incorporated with a spatula.
Pour and spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Top the brownies with strawberry slices and white chocolate chunks.
Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a couple of moist crumbs. Cool completely in the pan before slicing.