Make these decadent and simple rice truffles for any occasion, using a rich blend of rice, matcha green tea powder and vanilla, all coated in a white chocolate shell. For best results, use Carolina® Short Grain Rice for Sushi to add a creamy and delicious texture to each bite.
In a saucepan, combine short grain rice, 2 1/4 cups of water, sweetened condensed milk and salt. Bring to boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 25 to 30 minutes or until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
Stir in matcha green tea powder and vanilla. Let stand at room temperature, covered, for about 1 hour or until cooled and thickened.
Roll tablespoonfuls into balls; place on a parchment paper-lined tray.
Place white chocolate in bowl; using 2 forks, dip balls into melted white chocolate, letting excess drip back into the bowl. Transfer to clean parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes or until chocolate is hardened.
To add an elegant touch, drizzle more chocolate over the top in a zigzag design. Use white chocolate or dark chocolate if desired. To drizzle, use a piping bag or a plastic bag and snip off a small portion of the edge so you can more easily control your decoration.
If you’ve never tried it, you might be wondering what is matcha green tea? And what does it taste like? Matcha is a Japanese tea, characterized by its smooth and slightly bitter taste. For this recipe, the rice is mixed with dried green tea leaves that have been ground down, and to counter the subtle bitter taste, we’ve combined it with vanilla to add into the rice cooked in sweetened condensed milk and a pinch of salt.
While it’s not such a secret, the key to making this delectable dessert is to use sushi rice! The short grains cook up naturally more sticky and compact and also absorb flavor well. Using Carolina® Short Grain Rice, which is ideal for making sushi, makes it easier to roll these truffles and offers a creamier texture that is full of flavor from each of the ingredients added.
Try this method out in another one of our favorite dessert recipes – Fruit Sushi. Use our sushi rice to roll up your favorite fruits for a fun snack, dessert or even breakfast.
You can also save any extra rice to make a rice pudding with leftover rice!
For a mocha variation, substitute espresso powder for matcha green tea powder and dark chocolate for white chocolate.