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I am thrilled to be partnering with Hojicha Co. to bring some new recipes using one of my favourite teas! You’ll already know that I’m a huge fan of matcha, but did you know that I adore its cousin hojicha as well? Hojicha is a roasted green tea that has an intense smoky, nutty and subtle sweet flavour.
I first discovered hojicha in Hawaii a few years ago and wrote all about in my Hojicha Milk Jam Spread.
For my past hojicha recipes, I used a traditional tea bag — where you’d steep the tea in water to extract its flavour. This can be a detriment in some recipes as you may not want to include extra liquid, but want that intense tea flavour.
WHAT IS HOJICHA POWDER?
That’s when I discovered hojicha powder. Similar to matcha powder, hojicha powder is made of finely ground roasted green tea leaves.
I prefer using hojicha in powder form since it’s more concentrated — a little bit goes a long way, where as if I’m steeping a tea bag, I may have to steep 2 or 3 bags in the smallest amount of water to get enough concentrate.
BLACK SESAME AND OAT?
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve been on the oat milk train, trying various oat milks. So, since I had some black sesame paste that I had leftover, I wanted to experiment with a Hojicha Black Sesame Oat Latte.
Taking my leftover black sesame paste, I paired it with hojicha and was blown away. Oat milk’s natural sweetness rounds the drink off perfectly. The nuttiness from the black sesame and the smokiness from the hojicha really pairs well together, making it rich and substantial. This Hojicha Black Sesame Oat Latte would be great as an iced drink as well.
NEW GO-TO DRINK
After I downed my drink, I made another one right away for my hubby who also polished it off in a sitting! I think this will be my new go-to drink, especially in the winter. Let me know if you try out this drink — tag me on Instagram @siftandsimmer or leave me a comment below.
Also, use my discount code SIFTANDSIMMER to get 10% OFF any product on Hojicha Co.’s website. Many thanks to Hojicha Co. for partnering with me on this post!
Hojicha Black Sesame Latte
- 2 Tbsp Black Sesame Paste
- 1 tsp Hojicha Co. Hojicha Powder
- ¼ C hot water
- ½ C oat milk warmed
- Place 2 Tbsp of black sesame paste into a serving glass.
- In a separate jar, add in 1 tsp hojicha powder and ¼ C hot water. Whisk with an electric whisk or chasen until frothy. Pour on top of the black sesame paste.
- In another jar, froth up the warmed oat milk and carefully pour it over top of the hojicha and black sesame. You can omit frothing the oat milk if you prefer.
- If you want to make it iced, add some ice cubes to the glass before pouring in the chilled oat milk.
- Add in a straw, give it a stir, and enjoy!