Matcha (Green tea) Chocolate

 One of the things i can’t say no to is Matcha (green tea).I just love it and well,I decided to create a chocolate recipe for it. Am not a big fan of White chocolate but I absolutely love this.

You will need;

80 ml Heavy Cream

1 tsp Matcha powder

150 g white chocolate

plus more white chocolate for coating about 100g

In a sauce pan,combine the heavy cream(my heavy crea was sweetened) and matcha powder

Heavy cream + green tea powder

Place on heat and whisk,bring to a little boil

break the white chocolate in pieces,put in a bowl and pour the cream into it.let sit for a while,then stir to combine

Let cool until it can form shapes without collapsing.

Fit a pipping bag with a round tip,i used wilton’s 2A

Pipe long strokes and pipe a 2nd one touching the 1st

Let it set in the refrigerator,then cut the ends off and cut into about 1 inch pieces. See those gaps? don’t worry,when you cut them put,just press the pieces together

 Temper your white chocolate. Melt half of it,the add the other half and stir until smooth

Dip the ganache into the white chocolate and coat evenly,remove with a fork or dipping tool,tap at the edge of the bowl to remove excess chocolate and place on a parchment paper.Using the side of a toothpick,touch the middle (where the ridge is) and lift the tooth pick quickly,this gives a beautiful design

 Put in the refrigerator until set.

Enjoy!

 

Doughnuts

 Aren’t they pretty!!!!

I was looking for a doughnut recipe that would require a starter and long rising time because I know that this would improve the flavor. So whenever I want a good bread recipe,I go to kingarthurflour,I have tried just a few of the recipes,2 recipes actually and they came out well. I got the recipe from the website but I change a few things to suit what I had in my pantry but the glazes and toppings are mine,*insert smiley here*.

Oh,this takes about 24 hours to make so if you need it say on Saturday,you will need to start on Friday.Most of the time is just rising time.

You will need;

For the starter

1 cup Water

2 1/2 cups Flour

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp instant Yeast

for the rest

2 Eggs

1 tsp salt

1 tsp instant Yeast

3 Tbsp unsalted Butter

3 Tbsp Shortening or Lard

200 g Sugar

1/2 tsp Nutmeg

360 g Flour

More flour for kneading and rolling.

Oil for frying

 

Combine everything on the starter list,put the salt and yeast on opposite ends of the bowl or the salt would kill the yeast.

 Stir and cover.

 Keep in a cool place,not in the refrigerator for 3 hours – 1 day. As long as you can wait.

 it will look like this. The yeast is alive!

the night before,combine the rest of the ingredients

 I melted the butter and shortening

 form into something like this. transfer it to a floured working surface and knead well.

 Oil the bowl and coat the dough with the bowl(you probably don’t have to oil the bowl,but I did so anyway)

leave overnight in a cool place,again,not the refrigerator.

ta da! in the morning,it would have risen to more than twice it’s original size

punch down the dough and deflate all the air in it.

Cut into 2 workable portions.On a floured surface,roll it out

 and cut into any shape you want,long johns(rectangular bars,classic doughnut shape(with the hole in the middle,use to sizes of circle cutters for this,you can fry the doughnut holes and toss in powdered sugar),knots,twists,triangles,squares,hearts,let your imagination run.

You probably would want to use a knife and not a pizza wheel.Cover for 15 -20 mins,or longer

Fry(it’s better to use fresh oil that has not been used before) until golden brown,drain on paper towels.Let cool before topping.

Long johns

 Then you can dust with powdered sugar or powdered sugar+cinnamon

 Put the powdered sugar and cinnamon in a bag,combine,put your doughnuts in and shake! shake! shake! Really loved the combo

or………

Salted Caramel and Crushed candied Peanuts

or……

Matcha(green tea) Ganache with white chocolate. Green tea is still one of my favorites.

How about some Chili Dark Chocolate ganache with shredded Coconut

421628_10150581229338212_241494341_nOr just some plain frosting with sprinkles.

Have fun with it.

Enjoy!