Friday, 18 January 2013

Mini Chocolate Marshmallow Tea Cakes with Matcha

Like any job, catering has its niggles but can be so much fun and so rewarding too. One of my favourie things is coming up with new ideas for each job. Tomorrow I have a Japanese dinner party to cater (please pray the snow stops!) I'm most excited about the petit fours. I am serving Mini Red Velvet and Matcha sandwiches, Blackberry and Chocolate Macarons and Miniature Matcha Tea Cakes. I have a ridiculous colleciton of silicone bakeware (pls feel free to borrow if in SW london) and so love an experiment. 
Here I used Paul Hollywood's recipe for Tea cakes but made it to fit my mini moulds. 

-I would say it was a pretty good recipe, but if you want a neat base, make the biscuits a few mm smaller than the diameter of your moulds to allow for the chocolate covering. 
-I used the microwave to melt my chocolate and used couverture. If you want to ensure, totally glossy perfection, you should probably temper your chocolate. Tips here 
-Don't be put off my cutter measurements, I used an 1/8 of a cup measure for mine.
-I decorated mine with a little gold leaf, it's all in the detail for a fancy occasion. 
 This is the trickiest bit, listen to Paul when he tells you to let the chocolate cool down and thicken.
 Coating the biscuits and precariously balancing them on sink edge.
 This is where the real difference comes in to play between your tea cakes and Tunnock's, seriously delicious meringue.
 My Matcha is the real deal from Japan, the really vibrant green kind. You could mix any flavours or colours you like, I'm itching to do it all again and pop raspberries in the centre.
 I also made vanilla...
 Pop out carefully and gently!
 I took this pic of the inside when I suddenly realised it was the money shot - however it was dark by then so it looks a funny colour and a tad blurry, hey ho.
Notes-

-Of course you don't need a mould, I also came across these adorable tea cakes from the cake hunter if you want to go free style it.
 
-Whilst searching for recipes I also came across these cute homemade cushions by Nikki up in Scotland, know anyone crazy about biscuits? Have a look here at her site

































20 comments:

Su-Lin said...

Gasp! They look incredible!

Milli said...

Aw thank you, if I get stuck in traffic on the way to the job these will be the first things to be munched on ;)

good times tora said...

these are beautiful! i haven't got clue what matcha is, but never mind! x

Milli said...

Oops, it's Japanese Green Tea! Very good for your health and has a whole tea ceremony dedicated to it. I just couldn't write Green tea tea cakes.

the cake hunter said...

They look amazing. I love the green tea idea. I got a mould a couple of months after I made mine but I've yet to use it. I love the gold decoration on top of the chocolate as well :)

Georgie said...

I was lucky enough to try one. Delicious!

thelittleloaf said...

These look amazing! Do you order your Japanese matcha online or does a friend bring it back for you? The colour is incredible.

Milli said...

I bought lots when I was out there. You can order it online but it can be expensive for what is not always top quality. I really like the Tea Pigs one, again, expensive but it's the real deal.

Susan said...

This is such an inspirational post, Milli! I *love* this recipe. Have you tried Nicola's matcha powder? x

Sam said...

Looks really good Milli! cant wait till you make one with raspberries! I'm from the Philippines and I got so inspired with your post i decided to try it! Got all the ingredients I need, just looking for a mold now, I wonder where you bought your mini molds? or if you know any website that delivers? :) -Sam

Milli said...

Hi Sam! Thanks for your comment, I get mine from www.nisbets.com http://www.nisbets.co.uk/silicone-moulds/q02.r10.1/Search.raction but I am sure there are other online places for them now you can see the brand. Good luck and let me know how you get on! :)

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