28 Jan 2015

抹茶生チョコ ・ Matcha Truffles

The slightly bitter taste of green tea compliments perfectly the sweetness of white chocolate  <3 I brought these to my friend's birthday party. Judging from the reactions of those who had never tried matcha before, it seems matcha is an acquired taste (maybe it was for me too, but I can't really remember). I remember thinking at first that matcha and all green teas taste a bit like grass, but I remember sort of liking it anyway. (The hardest part for me about Japanese tea was that it's sometimes drank cold). Nowadays I consider myself an addict. If I have to buy a drink from a vending machine,  I always opt for cold green tea (in Japan). I really like Japanese foods (what a surprise :D ) and have liked most from the start (or at least the acquiring part happened quite fast). It might be that I should have born Japanese (as my Japanese friend once told me). Too bad I'm stuck with my Finnish roots.


Matcha Nama Choco a.k.a. Green Tea Truffles 

adapted from Just One Cookbook

150 g white chocolate, finely chopped
50 ml heavy cream (35% fat)
10 g butter
1 tablespoon matcha (powdered Japanese green tea: cooking quality is ok)
+some matcha for dusting

In a small saucepan bring the cream almost to boil. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the white chocolate and butter, mix until they are melted. Shift in the matcha and stir until even.
Pour the mixture into a small square dish lined with baking paper (I used 14 x 11 cm dish). Place in refrigerator for 3-4 hours or overnight.
Lift the chocolate out of the dish with the help of the baking paper. Cut the chocolate into desired sized pieces (I cut about 1,5 x 1,5 cm) (if it's too soft to be cut properly, put it in freezer for 1/2-1 hour to harden more). Dust with matcha. Store in refrigerator until serving.

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