Since I have been on a roll with the ‘healthy’ desserts, I decided to try to make something I have never attempted before…chocolate. Not just any chocolate, but what they call green tea chocolate. I came across this recipe when researching mochi, which you will find in a later post (still working it out, my first batch failed, sadly). It is a simple list of ingredients, so remember, the better the ingredients the better the results. My white chocolate, Matcha tea (powdered green tea) and whipping cream came organic and from the local health food grocery. If you are not already aware, green tea is anti-cancer!
- 400 g white chocolate (four bars)
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp matcha powder
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 8″x8″ pan
I lined my pan with parchment paper-so cut it to fit. Here are some of the items I purchased…not exactly cost effective, but occasional extravagance in sweets is sometimes necessary.
Finely chop up your favorite white chocolate. It is so soft, this began to melt in my hand almost immediately. I do not love the taste of white chocolate, but I promise you, it tastes like a buttery green tea candy at the end, and no one will ever guess this is in the ingredients.
Heat 1/2 cup of cream without boiling. Slowly add the white chocolate. Stir for a few minutes. Then add the green tea. Keep stirring and keep that stove on medium low.
Add the butter and keep mixing for another few minutes. The ingredients need to blend into a smooth dark green mixture.
The color of the matcha should be bright sap green, otherwise it has gone past it’s prime. Pour the mixture into the lined pan. Place the pan in the fridge for 5 hours or overnight before cutting. After cutting the pieces with a very sharp and cool knife, use a wire mesh to sift additional green tea powder on the chocolates.
I used a left over truffle box from valentines day to gift the green morsels to some friends. How cute, and UNBELIEVABLY delicious. There is a sweet, yet complex bitter taste and melt in the mouth creamy texture.
I may have first learned of ceremonial green tea when I saw the Karate Kid as a child. If you are an American thirty something, you can’t forget the romantic scene with the the green tea ceremony and beautiful Japanese girl. Three cheers Mr. Miyagi – a man after my own heart.