Showing posts with label Star Wars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Star Wars. Show all posts

Friday, September 30, 2016

Yoda Matcha Truffles

Happy Star Wars Day Everyone! May the 4th be with you. I made Chewie Wookiee Cookies (from exactly 2 years ago) yesterday… and had them for breakfast this morning. Seriously, cookies for breakfast = win!

Anyway, aside from the Chewie Wookiee Cookies, I wanted to make another Star Wars-themed recipe for this year's Star Wars Day. I've been craving something with matcha for a while, so I thought Yoda Matcha Truffles would be perfect. Aside from both being green, I associate both matcha and Yoda with zen and wisdom, so a perfect match!

The recipe is fairly straightforward. What was challenging was melting chocolate in humid weather, definitely not one of my favorite things to do. I also thought about just mixing white chocolate with matcha powder for the outside coating, but it turned out pretty grainy and icky looking, so I went back to relying on candy coloring to get the green tint for the coating. Other than that, they turned out pretty well, perfect for Star Wars Day.

P.S. In case you were wondering why these truffles only have eyes… I tried adding a mouth to some of the truffles (an example above ^), and for some reason they looked really strange to me. As I was decorating the other truffles, it hit me. The one with mouths really reminded me of the Adventure Time goblins rather than Yoda. I decided to hold back on noses as well since that would have made them look even more goblin like ><! When you make them, it's up to you whether to put a mouth on or not :P.

Matcha Truffles
8 oz white chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 tsp matcha
pinch of salt

Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave or over a double boiler. Heat the cream in a small saucepan until simmering, then add to melted white chocolate and mix. Sift the matcha (I used a mesh tea infuser), add to the white chocolate, and stir in until all blended. Pour mixture into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let cool to room temperature. Chill mixture until set. Once the mixture is chilled, decorate as desired.

Makes 12 truffles.

Yoda Truffles
matcha truffle mixture
white chocolate, chopped
semisweet chocolate, chopped
yellow candy coloring
blue candy coloring
black nonpareils

Melt white chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave. Add yellow and blue candy coloring until you get an olive green. Spoon some green chocolate into a ziplock bag. Cut a bit off the corner of the plastic bag. Squeeze out some pointy small triangles of green chocolate onto a piece of parchment paper. These will be the ears. Chill in refrigerator until set.

Roll the matcha truffle mixture into 12 balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet or plate. Slightly flatten them. Chill the balls in refrigerator until hard. Dip the truffles into the melted green chocolate, shaking off the excess chocolate, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place two black nonpareils for eyes and stick two of the ears (flat side facing up) into the sides of the truffle while the coating is still wet.

Dip the rest of the truffles. Place baking sheet in refrigerator until chocolate coating is set. Melt the semisweet chocolate. Spoon into plastic bag. Snip off a small bit of a corner of the bag. Squeeze lines onto the ears and two arced wrinkles above the eyes. Let the chocolate set and they'll be ready to serve. Keep refrigerated if not ready to serve.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Chewie Gingerbreadwookiees

Happy Holidays! I can't believe almost another year has passed. As usual, this holiday season, I made my favorite thick and chewy gingerbread cookie recipe. Each year, I try to do a different design, having made Gingy-bread Men (from Shrek) and Gingerbread Gentlemen cookies in the past, I wanted to continue this tradition this year.

I had just seen Star Wars: Episode VIII last week. And having made Chewie Wookiee Cookies (Chewbacca CCCs), Han Solo cups, and Yoda Match Truffles, I thought, why not more Star Wars? I thought about possibly making Ewoks, Jawas, or Banthas, but in the end decided to stick with Wookiees :). Perhaps next time for the other creatures!

I don't have wookiee shaped cookie cutters, so I drew my own stencil on paper and used that to guide my knife when cutting out shapes. Since I wanted to make these cookies holiday themed, I decked out Chewie's bandolier with holiday sprinkles instead of cartridges. But if you want to make this for any day of the year or you don't have holiday sprinkles, you can always draw in the cartridges with white chocolate like I did for one of the cookies in the photos. Enjoy, and may the force be with you :P!

Chewie Gingerbreadwookiees
thick and chewy gingerbread cookie recipe
semisweet chocolate
white chocolate
holiday sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Make gingerbread cookie dough recipe and roll it out to between 1/8-1/4 inches thick. Print out and cut out stencil (should be 5" tall). Spray stencil with nonstick spray (so it doesn't stick to the dough), and use it as a guide for cutting out cookies. Place cutouts on baking sheet. Use a fork to press lines into the dough for "fur". Bake cookies for 10-11 minutes. Let the cookies cool before decorating.

Melt semisweet chocolate. Use it to draw a sash across each cookie for the bandolier. Press in holiday sprinkles before chocolate solidifies. Use a toothpick to draw chocolate eyes and a nose. Melt white chocolate to draw in the teeth.

(If making non holiday Chewie, draw the semisweet chocolate sash, eyes, and nose. Wait for semisweet chocolate to solidify. Melt white chocolate and use it to draw in the cartridges on the bandolier as well as the teeth).

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