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Veganmofo v.6: When She-Hulk Becomes a Cookie

Greener than you biscotti
Right here: Green Tea & Walnut Biscotti. Below: Dough so green it could even save the dollar. Photos by esme!

If She-Hulk was a cookie she’d be this biscotti. Unlike her male counterpart she’s not given to Tarzan speak or wearing tattered purple pants. Instead she’s a criminal defense lawyer and wears a bathing suit year round and has great hair. So of course her hot sophisticated butt could only be done due justice in the form of this delicate yet sturdy green tea and walnut biscotti, throbbing with super evil-thwarting vegan power.

This particularly magnificent green biscotti was crafted by the unstoppable esme, who is lending her awesome baking-testing-fu for Isa Chandra’s and my upcoming vegan cookie book next year. It’s gamma ray green hue is a little mysterious because the matcha tea powder she used has an origin story shrouded in secrets. Until we google the hell out of it that is.

Esme tells us that it was a gift from a friend and that the closest thing to a brand name she can find on the can is “Polaris”, which is also the name of another Marvel superhero lady who just happens to have green hair. Sometimes life is so creepy and amazing it scares me.

In a world teeming with villains I feel you could benefit from a little extra superpower right now, so here’s the recipe below. Make some soon, brew some fresh (green!) tea and feel the superpower of all those green tea antioxidants and walnut omega-3’s run through your tired veins. But I think you should reconsider punching down that building when with all that energy and finish law school instead.

Green Tea Walnut Biscotti

Fans of all things green tea will love this crunchy, nut biscotti with a Hulk-like hue. The grassy-bitter matcha green tea and deeply toasted walnuts serve up a grown-up pairing of subtle and sophisticated flavors. Made with a little whole-grain pastry flour and chock full of Omega-3 rich walnuts and canola oil this can be a healthful treat served up along side with what else, more green tea!

1/4 cup non dairy milk

4 teaspoons matcha green tea powder (use pure powdered match tea, not green tea flavored beverage mixes)

2 tablespoon ground flax seed

1/2 cup canola oil

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (or 1 cup AP flour + 1/2 whole wheat pastry flour)

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 oz walnuts halves (about 1 1/4 cups)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Light grease or line with parchment paper a medium sized baking sheet.

In a large bowl pour non-dairy milk, add green tea powder and with a wire whisk beat till smooth and no lumps remain. Beat in ground flax seeds till smooth. Add canola oil, sugar and vanilla and beat till smooth.

Sift in flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Stir to form a smooth dough, then knead in walnut halves, pushing any nuts that pop out back into the dough.

Form a log about 10 inches long by 4 inches, using a rubber spatula to even edges and flatten end sides of log. Bake for 30 minutes until log is puffed and firm. Some cracking is okay. Place baking sheet on a wire cooling rack, turn off oven and allow log to cool for at least 45 minutes. If any edges of the log are too browned gently trim off with a sharp heavy knife.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Very carefully slide log off of baking sheet onto a cutting board. With a sharp, heavy knife slice log into 1/2 inch thick slices, using one quick and firm motion, pressing down into log. Very gently move slices to baking sheet, standing slices on bottom edge if possible. Bake slices for 30 minutes. Slices should appear dry and nuts should be lightly toasted. Allow to cool 10 minutes on baking sheet then carefully move to wire cooling racks to complete cooling (warm cookies may be fragile). Store in loosely covered container.



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