One of my favourite desserts and flavour combinations… Matcha, maple syrup and cacao butter.
300 ml rice milk
200 ml coconut milk (full fat)
50g cacao butter, roughly chopped or grated * (see below for more info)
1/2 cup sweetener of your choice **
2 tsp matcha powder ***
1 tsp agar agar powder
1 vanilla pot or 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a small (cereal/matcha) bowl add the matcha powder with a few Tbsp hot but not boiling water (just enough so it forms a thick paste).
With a bamboo or regular whisk mix the powder with the water for a few seconds until well combined.
In a small pan, mix the agar powder along with the scraped vanilla pod and seeds (or extract) into the cold coconut & rice milk and bring to a boil.
Stir for 1 minute until the powder is completely dissolved and it starts to gel slightly.
Take off the heat and add the sweetener of your choice, a pinch of salt, the matcha paste and cacao butter.
Mix to combine.
You can also use a hand blender and ideally pour it through a fine-mesh sieve to make sure there are no lumps from the agar.
But you can also skip both steps and just make sure everything is well combined and the cacao butter has dissolved completely and is well incorporated.
You can also adjust the sweetener now (e.g. add a few drops Stevia extract or squeeze in a bit of lime if its too sweet for your taste).
Pour into clean ramekins, little tea cups or glasses and chill for at least 4 hours.
You can serve it as it is or you quickly dip the ramekin into hot water, run a sharp knife around the edges and turn it upside down on a plate.
Tastes great with chopped almonds and a drizzle of maple syrup poured over it.
* If you can’t find cacao butter you can also use (vegan) white chocolate and adjust the sweetener accordingly. I usually buy my cacao products from Big Tree Farms where you can also order online.
** Dependent on the sweetener you may want to add more or less than the recommended amount
I used a mix of light maple syrup and stevia but you can also use honey or rice syrup
I would not recommend dark sweeteners such as coconut sugar or Grade B maple syrup
*** I only buy ceremonial grade matcha powders as I use the same one for drinks.
A lot of cheaper versions add sugar or are just not good quality.
I highly recommend the one from Teatox, Aiya (order online directly for the international market) or if you live in Berlin you should definitely check out the new & very authentic Macha Macha Teahouse that also offer fantastic ceremonies and workshops about green tea and matcha in particular.