This was another treat that we brought with us to NYC...and thank goodness we did. Because if we had kept these for ourselves, they would have been gone in 5 minutes. No joke.
Lately, I've been on this crazy matcha green tea kick where I seem/want to think that it goes with everything -- green tea granola, marshmallows, yogurt, chocolate, noodles (kidding...well, kinda). I blame it on my heritage, but in reality, it's a flavor that is gaining increasing popularity and appeal. I mean, if Starbucks is now serving matcha green tea beverages, it must be good!
Anyway, I think dark chocolate + green tea is a delightful and elegant flavor that gives classic duos like salt-caramel or chocolate-raspberry a run for their money. This truffle's creamy chocolate ganache is infused with a delicate green tea flavor, and the matcha powder coating heightens the intensity of both the dark chocolate and green tea. Unlike Godiva chocolates that have a too hard exterior and too runny interior (in my opinion), these indulgent ganache truffles have a more consistent texture where the entire truffle is this little soft morsel that literally melts in your mouth.
Isn't it pretty? Oh, and did I mention that dark chocolate and green tea are also healthy for you? Maybe we should have saved these for ourselves after all... :)
Green Tea Dark Chocolate Truffle
Recipe from The Food Channel
1/3 C heavy cream
1/4 C sugar
1/2 t matcha green tea
7 oz high quality Dark Chocolate (I used 70% Scharffen Berger), finely chopped
Matcha green tea, as needed to coat truffles
Combine cream, sugar, and 1/2 t matcha green tea in nonstick sauce pan and whisk to blend. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Immediately add 5 ounces fine chopped chocolate to hot cream mixture and gently stir to blend. Spread chocolate/cream ganache mixture in shallow dish and refrigerate until firm to touch.
Shape chilled chocolate ganache mixture into balls (using a melon scooper) and arrange on plate or baking sheet lined with wax paper. If chocolate ganache gets too soft to roll into balls, refrigerate briefly.
Freeze truffles until firm. Melt approx 2 oz chopped chocolate in top of double boiler. Dip frozen truffles in chocolate to lightly coat. Cool. Roll cooled truffles in matcha green tea powder to lightly coat. Store truffles in refrigerator until ready to serve.