The month of August is usually the hottest of the season; Most people prefer leaving the noise and pollution of the cities during this period, in favor of more relaxing destinations by the sea… and what better way to revitalise oneself than to walk along sandy beaches, soaking up the rays of the warm sun, while watching the seagulls as they dive energetically in and out of the water… Yet, whether it be the wind in ones’ hair, the smell of the salty breeze or the sight of the many sailboats bobbing up and down with the tide, there is definitively something magical about the place that will awaken ones’ appetite for life, reviving one’s hunger for adventure and new beginnings.
I decided to do what most people do during the month of August, leave. So, with my backpack, children, husband and all, I decided to rest my weary self for a few weeks in the beautiful Algarve region in the South of Portugal, where renewing ones energy is made particularly simple.
Long walks on the beach while my fledgelings made sand castles and mud pies, were my absolute favourite…and as I gazed out to sea, those huge atlantic waves crashing noisily upon the shore, I was able to fill my thoughts with new ideas for the season to come.
When one thinks of summer holidays by the sea, one immediately thinks of the pleasures of eating ice cream on the beach, sipping freshly squeezed lemonade under a large parasol, and basking in the delicious smells wafting from the different oceanfront restaurants, all busy grilling fish, king prawns, and other sea molluscs. The summer holidays are meant to be relished to their fullest and like the Italian saying “La Dolce Farniente”, one must delight in the pleasures of doing nothing…
During the summer one likes to treat oneself to all those little luxuries one is deprived of during the year, and it goes without saying that eating deliciously moist, white chocolate chip cookies, is one of those pleasures! Add to that the subtle and exotic flavour of organic Matcha green tea and you have a match made in heaven!
Here is my recipe for Matcha green tea and white chocolate chip cookies; With their soft and chewy interiors, yet slightly crunchy exteriors they will win over your hearts and palates as they softly melt in your mouth. Display these light green and white cookies on a beautifully decorated plate made from the famous Monchique pottery shops (There is a lovely town called Monchique in the South of Portugal, in the Algarve Region, where they make handmade plates and pottery of all kinds, which they paint with typical Portuguese colours and designs) and dream of those huge, foamy waves, as they crash against the rocks…
- 256g all-purpose flour
- 1 and a half teaspoons of organic Matcha green tea powder
- A half a teaspoon of baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- A half a teaspoon of natural vanilla powder
- 175g packed brown sugar
- 175g of unsalted butter (melted)
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 100g caster sugar
- 250g white chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 165°C (325F). Line your cookie rack with parchment paper and reserve for later.
In a large bowl, sift the flour, the Matcha green tea powder, the vanilla, baking powder and salt and reserve for later.
In a second bowl, poor the packed brown sugar and caster sugar and add the melted butter. Whisk the mixture until light and frothy. Then combine both flour and butter mixtures and stir until completely homogenous.
Finish up by gently folding in the white chocolate chips, using a wooden spoon. Leave the cookie dough to rest for 30 minutes before spooning small dollops onto the parchment paper. Bake the cookies between 10 and 12 minutes depending on your oven. Leave the cookies to cool on a rack before displaying them on a beautiful dish.
Enjoy these cookies for afternoon tea, accompanied with a cup of Jasmine blossom tea and dream of hot summers by the beach, pink conch shells and crashing waves!