chocolate truffles

Hōjicha Truffles Recipe

Hōjicha is a Japanese roasted green tea.  We love the roasted, nutty caramel notes of this tea and it pairs well with the milk chocolate ganache as well the bitter notes provided by the dark chocolate and cocoa powder.


  • 150g cream (35%) 
  • 15g liquid glucose
  • 10g hōjicha
  • 200g Alunga milk chocolate
  • 45pcs dark truffle shells
  • 200g Extra-Bitter Guayaquil 64% for enrobing
  • cocoa powder as needed for dusting


  1. In a pan combine glucose, 35% cream and hōjicha.
  2. Heat cream just to the boil and infuse for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Rewarm the cream, remove from the heat and strain over the 200g of milk chocolate. Whisk the ganache to emulsify.
  4. Allow to cool to 32°C. Pipe into dark truffle shells filling just to the surface of the truffle shell hole.
  5. Leave the truffles undisturbed to dry the surface of the ganache.
  6. Crystallize (temper) the 200g dark chocolate.
  7. Fill a piping bag with the chocolate and pipe chocolate onto the surface of the ganache.
  8. Allow to set for 1-3 minutes.
  9. Pick up 2-3 truffles at a time and cover with a layer of chocolate. Roll in cocoa powder to set.

A big thank you to Sally from Chef Sally Confections for sharing this recipe with us. You can find more of her delicious recipes at @findsallyhere on Instagram or on Youtube at ‘Chef Sally Confections’.

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