Kuri (chestnuts) is a popular ingredient in wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets), often used with red bean paste. This time, cooking instructor Misako Sassa sensei shares a super easy recipe making Chestnut Truffles with a touch of Japanese flavor.
[Ingredients] (Makes about 40 truffles)
• 40 peeled roasted chestnuts (About 3 packages)
• 2 cups (11oz) semi sweet chocolate chips
• 2 tbsp butter
• 1/3 cup heavy cream
• 1 tbsp rum
• 2~3 tbsp matcha powder
• 2~3 tbsp cocoa powder
1. In a pot, bring heavy cream to a simmer.
2. Add butter and let it melt.
3. Turn off the heat and add chocolate chips. Mix with whisk and let the chocolate melt completely.
4. Add rum.
5. Put a chestnut in the chocolate mixture. Cover the chestnut entirely with chocolate and scoop it using a fork. Gently place it on silicon pad or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Let it sit in refrigerator for 1 hour.
6. Dust matcha powder over 20 truffles and cocoa powder over the rest.
TIP: Chocolate mixture hardens easily, so coat chestnuts as quickly as possible.