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Matcha and White Chocolate Truffles – Guest Post By With a Glass

Matcha and White Chocolate Truffles Recipe | JustOneCookbook.com While I’m visiting my in-laws in Taiwan with my family, I’ve asked my long time blogger friends to blog-sit for me like asking a good friend to house sit when you go on vacation.  They have prepared wonderful holiday recipes for Just One Cookbook readers so I hope you will enjoy reading their recipes.  My blog sitter today is Sissi of With a Glass

Sissi lives in Switzerland but I often joke with her that she was probably Japanese in her previous life because she definitely has a palate to appreciate subtle taste of Japanese cuisine.  She shares both savory and sweet dishes on her site and some of her creations are very unique.  I think she’s very talented when it comes to food and she spends quite a bit of thoughts in preparing her dishes.  Since I’ve never been to Europe it’s been fun to educate myself on European food from her blog.  I always look forward to her new posts and wonder what else she’s cooking up with her imagination.  

Besides her delicious recipes, I have to mention she’s also an expert in canning fruits and making fruity drinks.  Sissi’s recipes are very creative and she is not shy to challenge her culinary limits (although she’s a little shy as a person. hehee).  Her innovative dishes capture a lot of foodies including myself and it’s been wonderful to read her culinary adventure.  Now please welcome Sissi with her Japanese flavored delectable sweets.

With a Glass

Welcome Sissi! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live in the French-speaking part of Switzerland and, as you might have already guessed, cooking is a big passion of my life. I have always been a very curious and adventurous cook and consumer, enjoying new food discoveries. Even though I cook mainly French and Japanese, I also adore other Asian and European cuisines. I am also a big wine amateur. Nowadays German and French wines are my beloved ones.

Please tell us a little bit about your blog and how do you feel about your own food blogging experience so far?

I have been blogging for over a year. I was surprised to discover how much I enjoyed every single post I published, even at the beginning, when I hardly had any comments or discussions online. Of course meeting other bloggers with similar passions and interests made my blogging much more exciting. Sharing the recipes I love, discussing food-related issues and learning new recipes or cooking tips are only some of the reasons why I love blogging and why I hope to keep on doing it for a long time. Actually, even though there are obviously ups and downs, I think I enjoy blogging more and more.

If you can give one advice to a new food blogger, what would it be?

I feel awkward giving an advice to any blogger, since I am not really a specialist or a famous blogger. However, I suppose I could share what I have learnt from my short blogging experience so far. The important thing is not being shy at the beginning and meeting the bloggers’ community as soon as possible. Finding a friendly group of people with the same passion for cooking is the most important thing for a blogger.

What would you advise to a new cook or someone who wants to start cooking at home more?

The most important thing is to find good teachers. It might be an excellent cookery book or a wonderful website, or both. There are many books and cooking websites with inaccurate, not tested recipes, but when you find good learning sources, cooking becomes a very rewarding activity.

Thank you Sissi! From here I will let Sissi take over and show us what she prepared. Enjoy!

Hello, my name is Sissi and I am honoured to guest blog today on Nami’s wonderful website. I met Nami several months ago, but our frequent discussions, as well as her precious friendly advice, help and encouragement make me feel as if we have known each other for long years. She has also been an excellent, inspiring teacher in my exploration of the Japanese cuisine. Thank you, Nami, for inviting me to your blog!

The recipe I have decided to present today is a modified version of chocolate truffles I have been making for years. If, like me, you love the soft chocolate truffles bought at confectioner’s shops, you will be happy to learn they are quite easy to make at home. Set in individual paper cases and placed in a nice box, they are quite an impressive edible present. They are also an elegant alternative when served with tea or coffee at the end of a meal.

The basic preparation of such truffles is called ganache (pronounced “ga-nash”), a mixture of melted chocolate and cream, sometimes with a bit of butter. Confectioners often coat such truffles in melted chocolate, but I prefer to coat them in different ground nuts, cocoa or dessicated coconut. Dark chocolate ganache is my favourite, but, especially for today, I have decided to modify these festive treats and adapt them to Nami’s magic world of Japanese cuisine.

Until now my experiments with matcha (powdered green tea) proved successful, so I have decided to use it as the Japanese touch in my chocolate truffles. Opting for white chocolate was a very wise decision. It was a perfect pairing for the sophisticated, subtle taste of matcha. The truffles are not overly sweet and have a very original, slightly bitter, typical matcha taste, mellowed by the buttery creaminess of white chocolate. If you are a fan of matcha, I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did.

Matcha and White Chocolate Truffles II

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Matcha and White Chocolate Truffles
 
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Serves: Makes 20 - 25 truffles
Ingredients
  • 150 g high quality white chocolate
  • 100 ml liquid cream "medium/coffee cream" (at least 25% fat)
  • 2 heaped teaspoons matcha
  • A couple of tablespoons each: cocoa, ground almonds and dessicated coconut
Instructions
  1. Break the chocolate into small pieces. Put into a small pan with matcha and cream.
  2. Let the chocolate melt on a very low heat, constantly stirring.
  3. Pour into a food processor and mix until very smooth.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a container, close tightly with a lid and refrigerate until the ganache has thickened (at least 3 hours or it can also stay in the fridge overnight or even for several days).
  5. Prepare small, deep bowls with the coatings you have chosen.
  6. Run your hands under cold water every five or six truffles and clean them quickly with a paper towel. Your hands shouldn't be too warm, otherwise the ganache melts and truffles are impossible to form.
  7. Dust the inside of your hands with the chosen coating, quickly form a truffle, but using only the fingers (the palm of your hand is always much warmer), put it into a bowl with coating and, moving the bowl, coat the truffle thoroughly.
  8. Repeat until you want to switch to another coating.
  9. Place the truffles on a plate or in paper cases and refrigerate a couple of hours before serving or before offering them.
  10. The truffles should always be kept in the fridge (it can be the warmest part, but the fridge is obligatory).

TIPS:

  • During the chocolate melting process, keep a very low heat, stir constantly and do not let it boil.
  • While forming the truffles, make sure your hands are not too warm, running cold water on them from time to time and rolling the truffles between your fingers and not on the palm of your hand (which is warmer).
  • The truffles should be kept in the fridge (it can be the warmest part of the fridge), so make sure you say it while offering a box to someone.

Enjoy!

Matcha and White Chocolate Truffles III

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  • Baker Street December 9, 2011, 12:09 am

    What a gorgeous guest post!

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  • Lyn @LovelyPantry December 9, 2011, 12:14 am

    Thank you Sissi! I love the instructions for how to make truffles – a treat that I love so much! Very nice!

    Hi Nami! Hope you’re having a wonderful time in Taiwan :-)

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  • Alessandra December 9, 2011, 12:31 am

    Nice to learn about new blogs this way, i will visit Sissi soon! and these macha truffles are fantastic!!!

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  • Alyssa December 9, 2011, 12:39 am

    Very nice guest post! The truffles look to-die-for! I’m off now to check out Sissi’s blog. I hope you’re having a nice trip , Nami!

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  • Lilly December 9, 2011, 12:44 am

    Nami you’ve picked a great first guest blogger! I will have to swing by Sisi’s blog for some more goodies. I hope you’ll have a great time and that you enjoy every minute of your holiday.

    Sisi: your truffles look AMAZING! I can’t believe they were homemade and I bet they are great gifs to give out. Will swing by your blog right now!

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    • Sissi December 9, 2011, 12:12 pm

      Thank you so much, Lilly. I am very flattered :-)

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  • Rosa December 9, 2011, 1:58 am

    Sisi’s blog is great and I’m so happy to find her here. The trufles are terrific and the interview is interesting.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    • Sissi December 9, 2011, 12:12 pm

      Thank you, Rosa, for the compliments. They mean a lot to me.

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  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover December 9, 2011, 2:15 am

    Nice guest post! This look so good.

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  • Carolyn December 9, 2011, 4:01 am

    Oh, they are so gorgeous. Love the idea of pairing white chocolate with matcha.

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  • Sylvia@peachesandonuts December 9, 2011, 4:51 am

    Great Guest Post, Nami! They look really lovely!
    Have a great holiday with your family! :)

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  • Yuri December 9, 2011, 5:01 am

    Hi, Sissi! It is so lovely to find your blog through Nami’s and I would love to visit yours soon! What a thoughtful guest blog and pretty recipe that makes me crave for truffles:-)

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  • Charles December 9, 2011, 5:02 am

    Oh, the one with the coconut on… the close-up shot… looks soooo good! Like one of those little chocolates you can buy… I forget the name of them! Nice to read the little interview :)

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    • Sissi December 9, 2011, 12:17 pm

      Charles, thank you for one more compliment! Do you mean Rafaello? I haven’t had them for ages and don’t remember the taste… I do remember the stupid tv commercials though ;-)

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  • Fern @ To Food with Love December 9, 2011, 5:06 am

    Mmm….matcha white choc truffles must taste sooooo good……..me want some! And great post by the way :)

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  • Sandra December 9, 2011, 5:28 am

    Stunning presentation!

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  • Belinda @zomppa December 9, 2011, 5:31 am

    Great, beautiful truffles!! The colors – the flavors!

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  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book December 9, 2011, 5:36 am

    Nami, have a fantastic visit with your in-laws in Taiwan and what a fantastic guest post by Sissi!
    :-) Mandy

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  • Jen at The Three Little Piglets December 9, 2011, 6:19 am

    Have a fabulous trip Nami, and safe travels. I can’t wait to hear all about it when you gt back. You definitely left us in good hands – these look stunning!

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  • Kelly @ Inspired Edibles December 9, 2011, 7:03 am

    Congratulations on this stunning post Sissi!! (more details on my love for you and this post on your site ;)). I love the close-up shot of the singular truffle – how perfect. Safe travels Nami :)

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    • Sissi December 9, 2011, 12:18 pm

      Kelly, thank you once more for all the compliments and kind words. They really warm my heart.

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  • Terris-Free Eats Food December 9, 2011, 7:04 am

    Truffles are such a wonderful holiday treat! Guests would feel extra special with a bowl of these set before them. :) Have a wonderful trip. Take some pictures for us!

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  • Terris-Free Eats Food December 9, 2011, 7:08 am

    Oh, I’m heading over to see Sissi’s site now!

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  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals December 9, 2011, 7:17 am

    Oh one of my favorite blogger appearing on another favorite blogger’s site! Sissi I am absolutely loving how these truffles turned out, and I can imagine just how deliciously delicate the matcha combo must taste. Great post!

    Nami hope you will have a wonderful time at Taiwan, I have not been back since we moved to Houston 23 years ago, everything must have changed A LOT, take tons of photos and enjoy the fabulous food there!

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    • Sissi December 9, 2011, 12:21 pm

      Jeno, you are so sweet… Thank you for this huge compliment. I am very proud to be one of your favourite bloggers. You certainly are in a small circle of my beloved ones!

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  • Maja December 9, 2011, 7:45 am

    Nami, you picked a great recipe, I love truffles (my favorite) and these ones looks so yummy :) Great to met Sissi :)
    Hope you have a wonderful time with your family!

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  • Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family December 9, 2011, 7:52 am

    These truffles are gorgeous.
    Nami thank you for introducing me to Sissi!!!

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  • StaceyN December 9, 2011, 8:14 am

    Omg those truffles look amazing! I really need to buy some matcha one day.

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  • Kim December 9, 2011, 8:23 am

    This looks great. I love food with Macha :D

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  • wok with ray December 9, 2011, 8:24 am

    Beutiful and very elegant presentation of the dish. I am a big fan of Sissi just like am a big fan of Nami. Two of my favorite foodies!! :)

    ~ ray ~

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    • Sissi December 9, 2011, 12:24 pm

      Ray, counting you among my fans is a big honour. Thank you for the compliment. “Elegant” is more than I hoped for while struggling with my photo.

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  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb December 9, 2011, 8:26 am

    Oh wow! I had in my mind to do something like that for christmas since I cant bake without oven… Sissi your truffels look gorgeous! I wish I new what matcha tastes like so I could combine some flavoures in my head, just to satisfy my craving for your truffles.
    very talented!

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    • Sissi December 9, 2011, 12:25 pm

      Thank you, Helene. I hope you will be able to taste matcha soon. It is very special.

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  • balvinder December 9, 2011, 8:42 am

    Hope you are having a wonderful time with your in laws in Taiwan. This is a great post by your friend. Beautiful Truffles!

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  • Sandra's Easy Cooking December 9, 2011, 8:53 am

    Wow Sissi those look terrific! I love the flavor the they look that they are very tasty too!
    Thank you Nami for sharing Sissi with us today, awesome interview and I loved knowing more about your guest! Have fun!!!!!

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  • Delishhh December 9, 2011, 9:32 am

    First enjoy your time with your family. Secondly i love the idea of matcha truffles. . just gorgeous.

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  • Eri December 9, 2011, 10:46 am

    Thank you Sissy! I will visit your blog later, I love guest posts!
    Enjoy your trip Nami!

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  • Sissi December 9, 2011, 12:14 pm

    Hi Jill, thank you for the compliments. I am always happy to meet a neighbour, especially a blogging one. I must check your blog and spy how close you are ;-)

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  • Lyn December 9, 2011, 12:42 pm

    Beautiful truffles guest post! So nice to know you, Sissi! :)

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful time in Taiwan, Nami! ;)

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  • Susie December 9, 2011, 1:17 pm

    The pictures are fantastic the truffles look amazing. I will definitely be checking out your blog. :)

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  • A_Boleyn December 9, 2011, 1:40 pm

    Another excellent way to use up my can of matcha. Thank you. :)

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    • A_Boleyn December 10, 2011, 5:31 pm

      Thank you Nami for the great idea of having guest bloggers. I made Sissi’s truffles (rolled in ground almonds) a short while ago and they were wonderful though so very rich. :) The matcha and white chocolate cookies are still going to be attempted after the holidays.

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  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 9, 2011, 3:24 pm

    Great q&a Nami and it was nice to meet you Sissi!

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  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. December 9, 2011, 5:43 pm

    Great guest post!! These truffles look so pretty and delicious! Hope you’re having fun, Nami!

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  • Liz December 9, 2011, 6:13 pm

    Your truffles are picture perfect, Sissi! And the flavor must be incredibly delicious!

    Thanks, Nami, for introducing us to Sissi! Enjoy your trip~

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  • Suzi December 9, 2011, 6:15 pm

    So very nice to meet you Sissi, these truffles look delicious, I have just recently learned how to make them. I especially like the coconut one. Lovely. Going to your site to browse around. Thank you Nami for introducing us to Sissi. Have a pleasant holiday.

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    • Sissi December 10, 2011, 12:44 am

      Thank you so much, Suzi! I was also surprised to see coconut went very well with matcha.

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  • Ann December 9, 2011, 10:44 pm

    These are just stunning! A terrific guest post and it’s very nice to meet you!

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  • Reese@SeasonwithSpice December 10, 2011, 1:14 am

    These are delicious looking treats, Sissi. Interestingly, the matcha truffles with desiccated coconut look absolutely identical with Ondeh-ondeh, a type of traditional dessert in Malaysia. It is made with glutinous rice flour with palm sugar filling and rolled with freshly grated coconuts. Now I’ll call this the Japanese ondeh-ondeh:)

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    • Sissi December 10, 2011, 9:54 am

      Thank you, Reese. I have never heard about ondeh-ondeh. They sound very intriguing and delicious. Thank you for sharing this information. I’ll try making them if I find a good recipe.

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  • Jenny December 10, 2011, 8:05 am

    those look just scrumptious!!

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  • Cooking gallery December 10, 2011, 8:15 am

    Hi Sissi, it’s nice to see you in Nami’s blog, you deserve to be here :)!! Your truffles look amazing and I love that shot with the array of truffles, I never thought that the ingredients for making truffles are that simple, my truffles are always store-bought, that’s why ;). Let me now hop to your blog :).

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    • Sissi December 10, 2011, 9:55 am

      Hi CG! Thank you so much for the kind comment and compliments. Making truffles is really quite easy!

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  • Cooking Rookie December 10, 2011, 9:49 am

    Gorgeous truffles!

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  • Carolyn Jung December 10, 2011, 8:05 pm

    The matcha ones are so beautiful. They’d make the perfect hostess gift, especially at this time of year. ;)

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  • Raymund December 11, 2011, 1:20 am

    I agree Sissi might be partly Japanese, some of the recipes and ingredients used are so Japanese I even sometimes think I was reading your blog

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  • Amelia December 11, 2011, 5:36 am

    Hi Sissi, your truffles looks excellent and so tempting. Beautiful picture too.
    Hi Nami, you enjoy yourself and have a nice holiday.

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  • Smoky Wok (Jen) December 11, 2011, 6:14 am

    Have a great holiday Nami!! Yummy guest post :)

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  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen December 11, 2011, 7:08 am

    Lovely guest post, Nami, thanks for introducing us to Sissi. Sissi, the truffles are wonderful, especially the macha ones. Yum!

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  • ちびか〜ちゃん December 11, 2011, 7:43 am

    おはようございます。
    これは見るからにすご〜〜く美味しそうです。

    今月末に、アリゾナに住む日本人の友達と忘年会をします
    一品持ち寄りなのですが、、
    こちらのブログを色々参考にさせてもらって、何か作ろうと思います〜〜
    楽しみです!

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  • Nash at Plateful December 11, 2011, 8:19 am

    I love truffles and these look amazing, the perfect holiday treat! Thank for introducing us you Sissi and her lovely blog!

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  • Sissi December 12, 2011, 2:07 am

    Hi, Maya, I am glad to know your sister is a neighbour! Swiss chocolate is certainly the best, also for home cooking. Thanks for your comment.

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  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen December 12, 2011, 5:08 am

    Truffles are a great Christmas gift… I’ll remember these matcha ones, Sissi!

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  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen December 12, 2011, 12:16 pm

    This is a great recipe! I just made matcha Green Tea cookies for the NYC Cookie Swap. And now I want to make this for a close friends who loves green tea. Great post, thanks for sharing!

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  • mjskit December 12, 2011, 8:42 pm

    I am a huge fan of matcha so these truffles are very, very appealing to me! I have a canister of matcha in the pantry just begging me to make these. Thanks for much for this recipe. Now it’s time to hop over to your blog and check it out. Great guest post!

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  • easyfoodsmith December 13, 2011, 12:45 am

    Delicious and gorgeous post!

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  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz December 13, 2011, 10:31 am

    Too funny this is so close to the Matcha fudge I did recently, it must taste amazing.

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  • Dara December 14, 2011, 7:59 am

    These look fabulous! I am so impressed. Matcha is such an awesome idea. Great photos too!

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  • A Little Yumminess December 14, 2011, 12:10 pm

    Love truffles…made some last year as well….matcha ones are interesting!

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  • Sharon | ChineseSoupPot.com December 15, 2011, 2:26 pm

    I’m so glad to have a chance to meet Sissi. Great interview Nami! And Sissi, these matcha white chocolate truffles look so elegant! They are pretty to look at and I bet they taste just as good too. I would love to try one of these matcha chocolate truffles!

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  • Nic@diningwithastud December 20, 2011, 5:36 pm

    Nami!!! These are perfect :D I love them and am going to make them as Xmas gifts!! Thanks you!! Have a fab holiday!

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  • Claire December 22, 2011, 12:44 pm

    Gorgeous guest post! I love the look of the matcha truffles.

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  • kumi January 31, 2012, 7:27 pm

    TRUFFLES >.<
    I always love truffles~ and you've made 2 my fave flavors. Yuumm~~
    I'll try to make this recipe as good as you did. hhe~
    Thanks Nami :D

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  • Gemma March 30, 2013, 5:58 am

    Hello Sissi,

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful recipe. I’m already craving for it and can’t wait to try. I just have one silly question as I am very new to cooking. What is liquid cream and where can I find that in a supermarket? Tnx! =)

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    • Sissi March 31, 2013, 4:04 pm

      Hi Gemma, Thank you so much for the compliment. There is no such thing as a silly question of course! By “liquid cream” I mean natural cream without any additives, thickeners etc., the one which has a liquid consistency (and not thick). You can use whipping cream for example (I use usually 25% fat cream, but I don’t know if it exists in every country (I live in Switzerland); I wouldn’t advice cream with lower fat content than 25%). I hope it helps. Good luck and feel free to ask me questions!

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  • Megumi December 27, 2013, 12:11 pm

    Looks so good! If only I had some white chocolate… It’s just really expensive these days in Canada… That sucks, but I’ll probably print the recipe out or something so that maybe in the future, I can make it! Still, it looks amazing! Where do you get these recipes?!?!?!

    Megumi

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    • Nami December 27, 2013, 9:58 pm

      Hi Megumi! I’m sorry to hear white chocolates are more expensive there in Canada. I got this recipe from Sissi, my brother friend, who was guest posting for me while I was traveling (I hope I’m answering to your question.). It’s her original recipe. :)

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