Step-by-Step Recipe: Matcha Truffles

I'm back in the kitchen with Queenie, my cooking/baking guru. Just in time for Valentine's Day, she made Matcha Truffles with a sprinkle of red from freeze-dried raspberries. Intense flavors from the raspberry and outer coating of matcha go perfectly with the smooth and rich matcha white chocolate. 

INGREDIENTS:

10oz white chocolate (we used bulk white chocolate from WholeFoods)
1/3 cup heavy cream
3/4 teaspoon matcha + more for coating (I like Aiya's Cooking Grade matcha.)
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 teaspoon of hot water (if needed)
Freeze dried raspberries


EQUIPMENT:

Silicone ice cube tray
Piping bag or small plastic storage bag 
Strainer to sift the matcha 

1. In a saucepan, warm the heavy cream (1/3 cup) and butter (2 tablespoons) on low heat just so the butter can melt. Add salt (1/8 teaspoon). 

2. Slowly add the warm cream mixture to the matcha (3/4 teaspoon) and whisk or stir until there aren't any lumps. It'll also help if you sift the matcha first. Set aside.

3. Rough chop the white chocolate (10oz) and put into a large stainless steel or glass bowl. 

4. Put about four cups of water in a pot to boil. After the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and place the bowl of chocolate on the pot for the chocolate to melt slowly. Stir occasionally with a spatula.

5. Once the chocolate has melted completely, take the bowl off the pot and pour in the matcha cream into the chocolate. Mix well. 

6. If the chocolate starts to separate or look grainy (see photo above), add in a tablespoon of hot water and the chocolate mixture/ganache will come back together. Add another tablespoon if needed.

The photo above shows what the ganache should look like. 

7. Pour the ganache into a piping bag or a plastic storage bag. Queenie uses a large mug to hold the piping bag to hold it upright while pouring.

8. Pipe the ganache into silicone molds. This recipe makes about 20 cubes with each ice cube tray.

9. To get a smooth and even surface, scrape off the top of the mold.

10. Put the molds into the fridge for about 4-5 hours to solidify the ganache.

11. Once solidified, carefully pop the cubes of ganache out of the molds.

12. Sift some matcha on a plate and coat each cube of ganache. Crush some freeze-dried raspberries on the same plate and sprinkle on top.

MATCHA TRUFFLES
Makes about 25 truffles 

INGREDIENTS
10oz white chocolate (we used bulk white chocolate from WholeFoods)
1/3 cup heavy cream
3/4 teaspoon matcha + more for coating (I like Aiya's Cooking Grade matcha.)
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 teaspoon of hot water (if needed) 
Freeze dried raspberries

EQUIPMENT
Silicone ice cube tray
Piping bag or small plastic storage bag 
Strainer to sift the matcha

DIRECTIONS
1. In a saucepan, warm the heavy cream (1/3 cup) and butter (2 tablespoons) on low heat just so the butter can melt. Add salt (1/8 teaspoon). 

2. Slowly add the warm cream mixture to the matcha (3/4 teaspoon) and whisk or stir until there aren't any lumps. It'll also help if you sift the matcha first. Set aside.

3. Rough chop the white chocolate (10oz) and put into a large stainless steel or glass bowl. 

4. Put about four cups of water in a pot to boil. After the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and place the bowl of chocolate on the pot for the chocolate to melt slowly. Stir occasionally with a spatula.

5. Once the chocolate has melted completely, take the bowl off the pot and pour in the matcha cream into the chocolate. Mix well.

6. If the chocolate starts to separate or look grainy (see photo above), add in a tablespoon of hot water and the chocolate mixture/ganache will come back together. Add another tablespoon if needed.

7. Pour the ganache into a piping bag or a plastic storage bag. Queenie uses a large mug to hold the piping bag to hold it upright while pouring.

8. Pipe the ganache into silicone molds. This recipe makes about 20 cubes with each ice cube tray.

9. To get a smooth and even surface, scrape off the top of the mold.

10. Put the molds into the fridge for about 4-5 hours to solidify the ganache.

11. Once solidified, carefully pop the cubes of ganache out of the molds.

12. Sift some matcha on a plate and coat each cube of ganache. Crush some freeze-dried raspberries on the same plate and sprinkle on top.

Keep it refrigerated. It melts easily.
 

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Also made by Queenie: Earl Grey Salted Caramels, Mini Matcha Madeleines, Mini Victoria Sponge Cake, Small Batch Jam, Easy Scones