The matcha white chocolate bark is just sweet enough, just zesty enough and so full of yumminess that you fall in love with the very first bite! And it’s stupendously easy to make.
Pristine, powdery white; verdant green, and shades of scarlet are the universal Christmas palette. In the peak of greige, foggy Delhi winters, it’s this burst of colors that become my savior. So, I thought, why not cook up a confection that brings these hues to life?
Hark, the herald the quintessential Christmassy treat is here! The matcha white chocolate bark.
How to Make Matcha White Chocolate Bark?
If you’ve not made chocolate bark before, then believe me you’re missing out on some serious goodness. To make it, you can use either a bar or chips of white chocolate, as long as it’s the good stuff.
The recipe has three ingredients. That’s it. And it’s the season for splurging, so reach for the top-shelf. The better the quality, the more deliciousness you get to enjoy. Plus, compound white chocolates are just buckets-of-sugar with no real cocoa butter (the secret stuff that makes chocolate appetizing miracles).
How to Melt Chocolate Perfectly?
Take a saucepan of hot water; and in it, place a large-ish heatproof bowl. Put your white chocolate in the bowl and stir till it melts into a shiny and smooth puddle.
I prefer the double boiler method of melting white chocolate because it allows me greater control. The chance of the chocolate seizing or burning when double boiling is next to nil. But by all means use the microwave method, if you prefer.
Adding the Matcha to the Chocolate
From the bowl of the melted white chocolate spoon out 2 to 3 tablespoon worth into a smaller dish. Mix the matcha powder to this small portion. Whisk it well, since you don’t want any lumps.
Spread the rest of the melted white chocolate on a tray lined with parchment. After you’ve made an even layer, simply drop the matcha chocolate on to it. To get those pretty swirls, use a toothpick or a pointed knife.
The trick to creating the marble pattern is to add the matcha mixture with a light hand. Too much of it on the gooey white chocolate and the stunning swirls fade away.
The Final, Heavenly, Delicate Touch…
Now comes the awesome-sauce part of matcha white chocolate bar – the orange zest. Freshly grate some orange peel atop the spread chocolate layer. While I always encourage experimenting with recipes, this is one step you cannot forgo. The essential oils of the zest give the best flavor to the confection that you can savor for hours.
Top the chocolate with goji berries. They pair beautifully with the full-bodied, complex and rich taste of matcha powder and the silky sweetness of the white chocolate. Refrigerate for about two hours and once the chocolate is set, break it into shards and indulge!
A Few More Chocolate Bar Ideas
The matcha white chocolate bar is a scrumptious treat for any day of the year, but for Christmas, it is a must. Plus, they are ridiculously easy to make. Even the most culinarily-challenged people can master them.
After you’re done enjoying the smooth, mild taste of white chocolate with a note of earthy clean green and chewy goji berries, try the rose & white chocolate bark.
If white chocolate is not your cup of matcha (excuse the pun), then try the dark chocolate bar.
A quick note before I bid you Merry Christmas, you can dress white chocolate bars with any topping. So, go forth and customize. I used the wonderful, tangy goji berries but cranberries, nuts, seeds, and even coconut flakes work excellently.
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Matcha White Chocolate Bark
- 400 gms White chocolate
- 2 tsp Matcha powder
- Zest from 1 orange
- 2-3 tbsp Goji berries
- Line a baking tray with silpat or parchment paper.
- Place the white chocolate in a large heatproof bowl. Place that bowl atop a saucepan of hot water. Keep stirring the chocolate till it melts. You can also melt chocolate in the microwave in 30-second increments.
- Mix 2-3 tbsps of the melted chocolate with the matcha powder, in a small bowl. Make sure its lump-free.
- Once melted, pour the chocolate over the lined tray. Spread evenly. Drop small spoonfuls of the matcha mixture on the white chocolate. Using a toothpick or knife, gently create swirls.
- Scatter the orange zest and the goji berries all over the surface.
- Transfer to the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to cool.
- Once completely set, break into rough bite-sized pieces. Enjoy!!