Alexis Siemons is a tea enthusiast who blogs about all things tea on teaspoons & petals.
It's no wonder she also teaches a series of culinary tea classes, as her tea-infused recipe creativity knows no bounds. Alexis is constantly using tea as a core ingredient in her culinary adventures. Even though Alexis puts a modern twist on tea, the traditional Japanese tea ceremony is actually what attracted her to matcha. She explains, "To me, the essence of the ceremony is a respectful mindfulness, which anchors you in the very moment of making tea and silences the world around you. When my bamboo whisk meets the tea, I experience a sense of calm that is followed by a feeling of being revived as the matcha meets my lips." Our vibe exactly :) Soooo, for the holidays, Alexis whipped up something very special for our PANATEA community: Baked Figs with Matcha Goat Cheese. We told you she was creative. This festive matcha-infused app is a perfect quick and easy treat for the holidays. It's sweet, yet savory, and rich all at the same time...basically heaven in your mouth.
Happy Holidays Everyone :)
Matcha Energy Balls (8 Balls)
- 2 teaspoons of PANATEA Ceremonial or Culinary matcha (plus a sprinkle for garnish)
- 12 dried figs
- 8 ounces of goat cheese, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons of honey
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon of orange zest
- Cover one baking sheet in parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Add room temperature goat cheese to a small bowl.
- Stir in matcha, honey, salt and orange zest until completely combined into a whipped consistency.
- Slice the figs in half lengthwise and imprint each with your thumb.
- Place figs on the baking sheet and fill each half with the matcha goat cheese mixture.
- Bake for 5 minutes.
- Right before serving, sprinkle with a light dusting of matcha for bright green color and a burst of flavor.