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Baked Figs with Matcha Goat Cheese | PANATEA

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 :)

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Matcha Energy Balls (8 Balls)

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
  1. Cover one baking sheet in parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Add room temperature goat cheese to a small bowl.
  3. Stir in matcha, honey, salt and orange zest until completely combined into a whipped consistency.
  4. Slice the figs in half lengthwise and imprint each with your thumb.
  5. Place figs on the baking sheet and fill each half with the matcha goat cheese mixture.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes.
  7. Right before serving, sprinkle with a light dusting of matcha for bright green color and a burst of flavor.