Enjoy a light and subtly sweet gluten free matcha cream puff. All of the earthy flavors of matcha green tea in a smooth pastry cream inside of a buttery cream puff with a dairy free option.
Have you jumped on the matcha bandwagon yet? I am a recent “matcha convert.” But I don’t know that this post is necessarily the place to talk about the benefits of matcha. I mean, this is a gluten free matcha cream puff recipe. The gluten free part is not health-related or a health conscious thing and I wasn’t popping these gluten free matcha cream puffs because of the health benefits of matcha. It is all about the taste!
But I don’t know that this post is necessarily the place to talk about the benefits of matcha. I mean, this is a gluten free matcha cream puff recipe. The gluten free part is not health-related or a health conscious thing (I eat gluten-free because I kind of have to) and I wasn’t popping these gluten free matcha cream puffs because of the health benefits of matcha. It is all about the taste!
It is all about the taste!
Crisp gluten free pate choux shell, filled with a creamy matcha pastry cream (with a dairy free option) and dusted with a little matcha mixed with powdered sugar. You get all the earthy matcha green tea flavors in a subtly sweet pastry.
Plus the matcha pastry cream is green and oh-so-gorgeous making these quite appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day. However, I think they are perfect for enjoying all year round! Maybe a fun addition to a spring tea party too?!?
I made tiny cream puffs using the pate choux in my gluten free cream puff and eclair recipe. You could make bigger ones if that is your style.
Or even make some stunning eclairs.
OMG you could top the eclairs with some chocolate ganache…. that sounds so good.
The pastry cream is pretty simple to make. I did NOT use gelatin when I made my matcha pastry cream, but I am including it in the directions because I felt like my matcha pastry cream was a little soft. I made some espresso pastry cream the same day and used just a little gelatin in it and it made a huge difference in the stability of the pastry cream.
I used THIS matcha green tea powder (I bought it locally,) but you can find lots of other matcha powder on Amazon. Be sure to buy one that is a good quality. The cheap stuff just doesn’t taste as good. I have been really happy with the one that I bought.
Now you just need a dairy-free vegan matcha frappuccino from my friend The Viet Vegan to sip while you enjoy a few gluten free matcha cream puffs.
- 1 recipe gluten free pate choux/ cream puffs/ eclairs baked according to the directions
- 2 cups milk (dairy free is fine)
- 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon powdered unflavored gelatin (optional)
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoonmatcha powder (or more to taste)
- Powdered sugar and more matcha to sprinkle on top (optional)
- Prepare the pate choux using my gluten free cream puff recipe and bake according to the directions.
- In a saucepan whisk together the milk and cornstarch and heat while stirring until it starts to thicken.
- Mix the gelatin (if you are using it) with 1 tablespoon of water and set it aside to bloom.
- In a bowl whisk together the eggs and sugar until smooth.
- When the milk is steaming, and slightly thickened pour 1 cup into the egg mixture, whisking constantly.
- (If you are using the gelatin, pour another ¼ cup of the steaming milk into the gelatin and mix until smooth.)
- Carefully pour the eggs mixture back into the milk, while whisking. Continue to cook over low heat until the pastry cream coats the back of a spoon and leaves a clean line when you wipe the back of the spoon with your finger.
- (If you are using the gelatin, whisk it into the pastry cream at this point.)
- Whisk in the matcha and vanilla extract.
- Pour the pastry cream into a clean container and press plastic wrap on the surface to prevent a skin from forming as it cools. Chill before using.
- Cut the cream puffs in half and remove any soft dough. Fill with the matcha pastry cream (I used a pastry bag but you can also use a plastic bag with a corner cut off.)
- Mix a few tablespoons of powdered sugar with a teaspoon of matcha and use to dust the finished cream puffs, if desired.