Hojicha White Hot Chocolate
I made a prediction that this year will be all about hojicha and puerh tea and dammit, I’m going to make it happen. Even if that means every other post on here is hojicha or puerh.
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Hojicha tea was one of my first loves. Looking back, I remember the days when hojicha and I used to take long walks on the beach and stay up all night (from not being able to sleep from drinking too much of it). Ahhh, how young and innocent we were then!
It doesn’t look like a green tea since it’s brown, but yup, it’s a green tea. Hojicha is a Japanese tea and gets its brown color from the roasting process which creates a toasty and nutty tasting tea.
It not as sensitive to water temperature in that it doesn’t get too astringent or bitter if its steeped in water that’s too hot unlike other steamed green teas. It’s a bit more forgiving and also a lot more versatile when it comes to pairing it with food.
Generally I like Japanese green teas with something sweet but with hojicha both sweet and savories works really well. I usually like to have it with a rice based dish. It also goes really well with sushi.
Hojicha and White Hot Chocolate
I’ve done a ton of matcha recipes and and have found that hojicha does just as well when it’s incorporated into a dairy base.
Since my Matcha Hot Chocolate tastes so good, I did a hojicha version and topped it with toasted marshmallows. The hojicha with its roasty notes works so well with the sweet chocolate and the additional toastiness from the marshmallows.
It all starts with hojicha tea in milk. Simmering on the stove for 5 minutes then steeping for another 5 minutes. If you want to be neater about the whole thing, put the loose tea into a tea bag.
I, however, like to see the tea moving around the milk freely and giving it room so I take the extra step in straining out the tea out of the milk after the steep.
My Earl Grey Hot Chocolate is SUPER rich, but I lightened this one up a bit since I wanted to add the toasted marshmallows to let it melt into it.
I used a handheld milk frother (this one has lasted me the longest) to incorporate the white chocolate into the hojicha milk but you can always just use a whisk.
Don’t ask how many mini marshmallows I ate testing this recipe. Spoiler alert: A CRAP LOAD.
To toast the mini marshmallows, I used my trusty kitchen torch — it toasted the marshmallows in seconds. If you don’t have a torch, don’t worry, you can add in the marshmallows without toasting them and it’ll still taste delicious.
HOJICHA WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE
Makes 2 servings
2 cups milk (Any milk of your choice.)
1/2 cup chopped white chocolate
1 tablespoon hojicha loose leaf tea
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
optional: toasted mini marshmallows
In a saucepan, heat milk on medium-low heat with hojicha tea. (Put the loose tea in a tea bag if you want to make it easier to strain it out after the steep.) Simmer for five minutes then turn off the heat. Let tea steep in milk for another five minutes off the heat.
Strain out the tea leaves or discard the tea bag. Stir or whisk (if you want a bit of a froth) the white chocolate, honey, and vanilla extract into the hojicha milk until well combined.
Pour the hojicha white hot chocolate into two mugs and if you would like, top with toasted mini marshmallows.