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Matcha tea and white chocolate madeleines

Matcha tea is a Japanese tea that looks like green powder. It has lots of wonderful health benefits such as giving great energy boost, 137 times the level of antioxidants than regular green tea and lots of other benefits. Its use in patisserie is quite a recent thing and has become a bit of a trend a few years ago. I love the green colour it gives and it matches really well with raspberries and white chocolate among other things.

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Ingredients

125g melted butter
130g sugar
150g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tbsp Matcha tea
3 eggs
A pinch of sea salt
1 white chocolate square per madeleine (here I made 27 madeleines)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven at 180C
  2. Mix the sugar and eggs in the TM bowl 1 min/speed 4
  3. Add the flour, Matcha tea, salt, baking powder, and butter and mix 8 sec/speed 6.
  4. If using non silicone madeleine pan, butter it first, then pour 1 tsp of mixture into each madeleine case. Add 1 square of white chocolate in each and top up with another teaspoon of batter (or fill the case to 3/4).
  5. Bake for 10 to 12 min
  6. Leave to cool and take out of the moulds.

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Passion fruit and chocolate parfait

The idea for this dessert started with 4 passion fruits lying in my fruit basket.  I just love passion fruit with dark chocolate so I looked for a way to associate the two in a different fashion than just having a coulis around a chocolate cake. Then I watched this Mexican cooking program where the chef was making a passion fruit and citrus jelly. My dessert idea started to take shape. I must say that this 3 layered parfait is divine. The white chocolate base contrasts nicely with the dark chocolate mousse and adds texture to it. The Passion fruit and orange jelly just bring the right zing to the very rich and sweet chocolate and also a touch of lightness.

Ingredients

For 6 ramequins or muffin silicone moulds

Passion fruit and orange jelly
2 oranges, juiced
4 passion fruits
70g sugar
100g water
2 gelatine leaves
1 strawberry

Chocolate mousse
4 eggs
200g dark chocolate
50g sugar
1tsp instant coffee

White chocolate base
130g white chocolate

Method

  1. Soak the gelatine in cold water
  2. Put the water and sugar in the TM bowl and cook 5 min/100C/speed  1.
  3. Meanwhile, scoop the passion fruit seeds with a spoon and sieve them through to get the juice (you can reserve the seeds for decoration).
  4. Add the orange juice (the total juice should be about 160g when weighed on the Thermomix scale).
  5. Add the squeezed gelatine to the hot water syrup and mix 15 sec/speed 4.
  6. Pour over the fruit juice and mix well.
  7. Pour about 1/2 cm height into the bottom of silicone muffin moulds. You can also use ramequins, in this case, line them with cling film. Cut the strawberry into 6 slices and place one slice in each mould. Freeze.
  8. Make the chocolate mousse: clean and dry the bowl. Put 50g sugar and blitz 15 sec/speed 9. Tip out and reserve.
  9. Add the chocolate chunks and mix 10 sec/speed 8, add a teaspoon of instant coffee, then cook for 3 min/50C/speed 2.
  10. Add 4 egg yolks and the sugar  and mix 15 sec/speed 3.
  11. Tip out in a bowl and clean thoroughly the bowl with soapy water. Dry the bowl.
  12. Place the butterfly whisk and the 4 egg whites in the bowl and whisk for 4 min/37C/speed 3, measuring cup OFF.
  13. Add one heaped tablespoon of egg whites into the chocolate mixture and mix together quite vigorously to relax the chocolate mixture.
  14. Then, gently fold the remaining egg whites.
  15. Spoon into the muffin moulds/ramequins leaving about 1/2 cm from the top. Freeze. 
  16. Finally, melt the white chocolate in a clean TM bowl for about 5 min/50C/speed 1 (if the chocolate chunks are large, first blitz 10 sec/speed 6 before melting) or until the chocolate is melted.
  17. Spread on top of the mousse with a spatula. Freeze for 4 hours or overnight. 
  18. Unmould the parfaits on a serving plate and leave to thaw in the fridge for 3 hours before eating.