These Matcha Green Tea Truffles are as beautiful as they are delicious! Matcha green tea powder gives the truffles a light, delicate flavor and a beautiful light green color. I like to dust the tops with a little more matcha powder, to increase the flavor and make a bold statement.
- 1 1/4 teaspoons matcha powder (plus additional for decorating)
- 1/2 cup/4 ounces cream
- 1 pound white chocolate (finely chopped; about 2 2/3 cups)
- 2 tablespoons butter (at room temperature)
- Pinch salt
- 1 1/2 pounds white candy coating
1. Sift the matcha, using a fine wire mesh sifter, into a small bowl and set aside for now.
2. Pour the cream into a small saucepan, and place the pan over medium heat. While the cream warms up, pour the chopped white chocolate into a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 45 seconds, until the chocolate starts to melt.
3. Heat the cream until it is at a simmer—bubbles should just start appearing on the sides of the pan, but do not bring the cream to a boil.
Once at a simmer, remove the pan from the heat, add the sifted matcha powder, and whisk well until the matcha dissolves.
4. Pour the hot cream over the white chocolate, and whisk well until the chocolate melts and your mixture is smooth and shiny. Add the room temperature butter and a pinch of salt, and whisk until they are completely incorporated. This is your ganache.
5. Press a layer of cling wrap on top of the ganache. Refrigerate it until it is firm enough to roll, about 2 hours.
6. To roll the truffles, use a small candy scoop or spoon to form 1-inch balls of ganache. Dust your hands lightly with powdered sugar and roll the truffle between your palms to get it round. Place the truffle on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper, and continue until you have rolled all the truffles into balls. If the truffles have gotten soft, return them to the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes so they can firm up again.
7. Melt the white candy coating in a bowl in the microwave, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating. Using dipping tools or a fork, dip a truffle in the white coating until it's submerged, then remove it from the coating and let the excess drip back into the bowl. Place it back on the baking sheet, and while the coating is still wet, sift a little matcha over the top so it has a light dusting of powder. Repeat with the remaining truffles.
8. For the best taste and texture, serve these truffles at room temperature. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.