Homemade Hojicha Chocolate
Homemade Hojicha Chocolate
You may be curious about what Hojicha is. Hojicha, also called houjicha, is a Japanese green tea roasted after the leaves are steamed.
Roasting the green leaves not only provides Hojicha the earthy brown colour and the distinct smoky flavour, also lowers its caffeine level.
With its roasted, nutty and caramel-like flavour, Hojicha has a similar note with cocoa, which makes it a good combination with chocolate.
The best part about this recipe is that it will work with any chocolate you prefer, whether its dark, milk or white chocolate.
As you may know from other of my recipes, I am not a fan of anything that is too sweet. So when making this recipe I decided to use a darker chocolate as it is not too sweet. However my partner prefers it a bit sweeter, so I also made some using white chocolate.
Dark Hojicha Chocolate
- 10g organic hojicha powder (roasted green tea powder)
- 200g 70% dark chocolate
White Hojicha Chocolate
- 5g organic hojicha powder (roasted green tea powder)
- 80g white chocolate
Dark/White Hojicha Chocolate
- Break your chocolate into small pieces if it's in blocks
- Melt your chocolate in a double-layer boiler with hot water, stir it until it gets smooth. (Note: Make sure no water gets in the chocolate.)
Or you can also put it in the microwave or saucepan with low heat and check with it every 30 seconds to 1 min. Stir it after each heat until chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Sift hojicha powder into the chocolate. It helps to remove any clumps and ensures your hojicha chocolate will have a smooth end result.
If you are doing a bigger batch, I recommend that you add the hojicha powder bit by bit, to make sure it can be well mixed each time.
(Dark chocolate)(White Chocolate)
- Use a spatula or a spoon to mix it well until it gets smooth with no powder left. Ensure in this step, your chocolate mix is still warm so that it won't set.
- Slowly pour your hojicha chocolate mix into your chocolate mould or ice tray. Tap it gently on your kitchen bench to remove any air bubbles that may have formed in the mix.
- Put it in your freezer for a couple of hours until it sets.
The lighter colour one is the Hojicha White Chocolate and the darker one is the Hojicha Dark Chocolate. I usually have it with a glass of hojicha latte or an iced hojicha latte. How about you?
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