Matcha Nama Chocolate

A lot of my stories start the same way. I find something I love but can’t justify paying xx amounts for it but I still want more. The solution? Make it myself.

You can see where this is going.

When Royce opened up in Marion I fell in love with their matcha nama chocolate but at $24 per box (125g) it’s an expensive habit to keep up. If you know me, you know I love a bargain and this wasn’t a bargain. What else was a stingy Asian suppose to do? Well dears, I rolled up my sleeve to make them and might I say they tasted quite nice without the price tag.

matcha nama chocolate

It wasn’t hard to make as it is essentially a soft ganache – you add just enough cream to get make that hard chocolate softer. Nama chocolate is silky smooth and melts in the mouth with the bitter matcha hit a good contrast to the sweetness of white chocolate.

A word of warning: you cannot use any kind of matcha powder. If you use poor quality matcha it will taste like crap as I had learned. It was very hard to find good quality matcha powder in Adelaide and I have tried a few different ones in Chinatown but one day I found Maeda-en and everything just fell into place :)

Here is the recipe just below – now eat, be merry and fat. Enjoy!

matcha nama chocolate

Matcha Nama Chocolate

Adapted from Just One Cookbook

Serves 10-13 slices

 

Ingredients

100g good quality white chocolate (I use Lindt or Wittamers)

1/8 cup (31ml) whipping cream

4g matcha powder + 1/4 tsp for sprinkling

 

Method

  1. Cut out baking paper as the same size as the bottom of your small baking dish. Place it inside the dish (I use a 16cm x 16cm baking dish).
  2. Break up chocolate into small pieces and put into a heat proof bowl.
  3. Add cream to the bowl.
  4. Add water to a saucepan and put onto the stove on medium heat. Place bowl with chocolate and cream on top (ensure water doesn’t touch the bowl).
  5. Stir with rubber spatula to mix chocolate and cream together. You will start seeing water droplets at the bottom of the bowl (if it is a clear bowl) when water is starting to simmer and when the chocolate will melt.
  6. Take bowl off saucepan once mixture is smooth.
  7. Sift the 4g matcha powder and add it to the chocolate mixture.
  8. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and smooth the top to make it the thickness you want (mine is around 6mm thick and it doesn’t reach the sides of the baking dish).
  9. Refrigerate overnight.
  10. Run a sharp knife under hot running water from the tap and then wipe it dry.
  11. Cut chocolate into squares.
  12. Dust 1/4 tsp matcha powder over chocolates. Store in refrigerator until ready to eat.

 

Notes:

  • Store refrigerated for 2-3 days.
  • If mixture starts oozing out oil and looking pretty gross when you’ve just added the matcha powder, your chocolate is too hot and it’s separating. You can fix this by mixing in 1 tsp of hot cream. If it still looks wrong add another tsp and mix it in. Stop adding hot cream when the mixture is smooth and there is no more oil. I find that I usually have to add about 2 tsp of hot cream to every 100g chocolate that I use.

6 comments for “Matcha Nama Chocolate

  1. October 3, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Looks yum! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  2. October 7, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Eep I think you just contributed to the waistlines of countless Nama fans. On the upside, yay for budget-friendly treats!

    • October 7, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      The original recipe called for 400g – that would have been quite epic to eat D:

  3. October 12, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Delicious!!! Nama chocolate is AMAZING and matcha one is the best! Yours look absolutely stunning and delicious! Thanks so much for trying this recipe and linking back to my post! :) xo

    • October 13, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you for the kind words and the delicious recipe – I’m going to work my way all through your matcha recipes because they always work out! No problem with the link back – give credit when credit is due :D

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