I dragged my feet on making matcha green tea fondue the first time I'd heard about it because I am not generally a fan of green-tea flavored foods. In fact, the only meal I have ever hated was a big lunch I attended with my coworkers at a restaurant in Pinglin, a Taiwan city famous for its excellent tea. This restaurant's specialty was typical Taiwanese fare cooked in green tea. It looked like a Dr. Seuss meal: chicken, pork, steamed buns, everything was green. And it tasted just all wrong. I'm normally enough of a glutton to eat something weird until it grows on me, but I stopped after a few bites and let a silent tear fall for all the good food ruined by those tea leaves.
But the other day, I finally tried a black sugar matcha latte instead of my morning coffee. It was sweet, it was weird, it was cheaper than a latte. I had another one after lunch. By dinner time, I started imagining the matcha with a white chocolate fondue base, and I knew it was time to get cooking.
Matcha tea powder
What is matcha tea powder? It's just green tea leaves ground into a fine powder. It can seem a little pricey, but in fact, you don't need to use much to make an intensely flavorful cup of tea, so keep that in mind as you're shopping around. And after you make this matcha green tea fondue, you can finally start drinking that cup of green tea every day, just like you've been telling yourself you should!
Notes on the recipe: This matcha chocolate fondue recipe from Scandifoodi served as a guide. I also made the dango (glutinous rice balls) Maria made, but in the future, I'd skip them and just serve mochi as a dipper. Everyone really liked the mochi and they cost me US$1 for six, so it's a no-brainer.
PLEASE READ THIS: I was supposed to, but I did not dissolve the matcha in a little bit of the warm white chocolate fondue first. Instead, I dropped the whole tablespoon right in the bowl where I was melting the chocolate. Big mistake. It was super clumpy and green and looked like some kind of herbal vinaigrette instead of a sweet fondue. Mr. Tabletop Cook leaned in and whisked it up, which helped a lot, but next time, I’d definitely do it the right way and hope for a more even green color.
I didn't use our white chocolate fondue recipe as a base I didn't want the matcha to clash with the already-complex flavors. (Also, we had no Kahlua.) I made another white chocolate base that was less complex and therefore wouldn't have as many flavors to compete with the matcha. It really turned out great. So for future reference, you could make this as a white chocolate fondue recipe without adding the matcha, and still have a great dessert fondue!
Combine the white chocolate, butter, cream, and vanilla in a double boiler pan or a ceramic bowl. You can microwave the bowl for a minute and then stir the ingredients, repeating until the ingredients have combined and melted to a smooth, creamy consistency. OR: You can melt the ingredients in a double boiler. OR: You can put the ceramic bowl in a pan of water and heat the pan on the stove. As the water boils, the ingredients will melt and you can stir them together. Please use very good oven mitts and handle the bowl with care.
When the white chocolate fondue is ready (you can enjoy it as a white chocolate fondue, if you like!), remove 1/4 cup to another small bowl or mug. Add your matcha powder here and stir until mostly dissolved. Then put this green tea-white chocolate fondue mixture back into the bowl and stir until it's mostly uniformly green. Specks of dark green are fine, clumps are not.
Carefully pour the green tea fondue from the bowl or the pot into your ceramic fondue dish. Light the tea candle underneath to keep it warm while it's being eaten. Served with suggested dippers or your own favorites.
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Asian Food Grocer has a great selection of essential ingredients and many hard-to-find items.
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