Gourmet and easy-to-make is always a winning combination around the holidays, and that’s where Genmaicha Mendiants should come into your holiday plans. French chocolate mendiants are usually studded with nuts and dried fruit, but here I’ve flecked them with loose-leaf green tea and roasted brown rice.
There’s nothing like a fresh cup of toasty, nutty Genmaicha. The tea is used in 2 forms here. First, a powder is mixed in with the melted chocolate before it’s formed. Later the tender whole leaves and crunchy rice pieces are scattered on top.
Although I usually prefer dark chocolate, the Genmaicha powder pairs especially well with either milk or semi-sweet chocolate. The toasty notes are more noticeable this way, where the taste of dark chocolate would be too strong.
Another pretty alternative is to use white chocolate, which allows the beautiful green color of the tea to show through. I happen to not like the sweetness of typical white chocolate, so if you’re like me, then either choose a lower sugar brand or make your own healthier version using cocoa butter as the base.
The Genmaicha Mendiants can either be made free form or in tin or silicone muffin molds for a more consistent look. These are perfect for gift giving or as a quick treat during the holidays–just as great as cookies! With very little effort you’ll feel like a chocolatier in your own kitchen, with results to prove it!
Makes 16 candies.
|- 1 cup semi-sweet or white chocolate|
|- 2 packets Yamamotoyama’s Powdered Genmaicha|
|- 1 Tbsp loose-leaf Yamamotoyama’s Genmaicha, tender leaves & toasted rice only|
1. In a small mixing bowl, melt the chocolate in a microwave in 20 second bursts until the chocolate is just melted. Be careful not to overheat. If you plan on gifting the mendiants or serving them several days later, you’ll want to temper your chocolate.
2. Mix the powdered Genmaicha into the melted chocolate.
3. Spoon out 1 Tbsp dollops of chocolate onto a large baking sheet fitted with parchment. Scatter some loose leaf Genmaicha atop the flattened dollops. Wait for the chocolate to set up completely, then serve!