This months Sugar High Friday theme is sweets with an Asian twist. I could could not resist participating with a theme like this. I really enjoy using Asian ingredients like matcha (powdered green tea), azuki beans, black sesame seeds, in sweets. I particularly like the matcha and white chocolate combo. Recently I have not been able to get the images of these chocolate mascarpone brownies out of my head. They just looks so dense and moist and chocolaty and good. I thought that a matcha and white chocolate version would be really nice. (I am not really sure if they were still brownies at this point or if they become blondies or something else…) I decided to go with a straight dark chocolate ganache to contrast the flavours a bit but I was thinking of that a white chocolate and green tea ganache would also be nice.
The only changes that I made to the recipe were replacing the dark chocolate with white chocolate and replacing the cocoa powder with matcha. I was not sure how much matcha to use so I started with one tablespoon. The batter looked nice and dark green and I could really taste the green tea so I stopped there. The matcha white chocolate mascarpone brownies came together easily and tasted really good. They were nice and dense and moist and fudge like in texture. Matcha is slightly bitter and it tempered the sweetness of the white chocolate and the brownie had the perfect amount of sweetness. Unfortunately the nice dark green colour faded with baking and the green tea flavour was not strong enough to stand up to the chocolate ganache topping. The next time I make these, and I will be making them again, I will use two tablespoons of matcha and I will either use a thinner layer of chocolate ganache or skip the ganache entirely. Of course the the rich, dense brownies went well with a glass of milk or a cup of green tea.
Green Tea White Chocolate Mascarpone Brownies with Chocolate Ganache
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 3 ounces white chocolate (chopped)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon matcha (green tea powder)
- 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese (softened)
- 3 large eggs (room temperature)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Melt the butter and chocolate in a double boiler.
- Mix in the sugar and matcha.
- Beat in the mascarpone, eggs and vanilla.
- Fold in the flour and salt.
- Pour the batter into a greased 8×8 inch baking pan.
- Bake in a preheated 325F/170C oven until a toothpick poked into the middle comes out clean, about 55-60 minutes.
- Pour the ganache over the brownies and wait until it is firm before cutting.
- 6 tablespoons heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 ounces dark chocolate (chopped)
- Heat the cream and butter in a small sauce pan until just before it boils.
- Pour the cream and butter over the chocolate in a bowl.
- Stir until smooth.
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Vicarious Foodie says
Wow–incredible brownies. I’ve never had anything like this but they look delicious. Great job!
Tiffany Montgomery says
I have made these twice now, tripled the batch for selling and used 2Tablespoons of Matcha powder. The Bakery I make them for has just requested more today, people are saying they are the best brownies they have ever had!!!!!!!! I am a pastry chef and a chocolatier and these are so dense and chocolate forward but also consisdered a pastry so I can sell them to both customers…… just FABULOUS!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!
Wow Kevin! Those look amazing! I’m a licensed Japanese tea ceremony teacher and have been practicing for over 13 years. I’m a big advocate for matcha and the benifits of drinking (and eating) powdered green tea! 😀 I would love to have a bite of that…
Kevin, that brownie is BEYOND stunning – and perfect for this month’s Sugar High Fridays event! :0)
Oh. My. Gosh… Kevin…Seriously.
These are going on the saturday surfing post….fer shur.
They look incredible.
This actually looks like a Vietnamese dessert made from rice… but very interesting combo using white chocolate!
Experimentation is good on you, Kevin! You’re great at incorporating Asian flavors– moreso than this Asian guy living in an Asian country, haha 🙂
Very interesting twist on those brownies. The color combination looks great!
Kevin, where in heaven’s name do you find the time to make such gorgeous things?
I have seen so many things made with green tea lately and its not anything I have yet tried – but these make it look interesting enough to try!
Oh. My. God! Do you think you could ship one to NH? Pretty please?
i’m now feeling so hungry …
right that brownie reminded me of a kuih in malaysia with the same colour.
it looks so yummy. looking at the brownie really made me want to go back to baking.
I had the same issue with Matcha powder. I was attempting to make green tea shortbread cookies and the color looked good prior to baking, but once they came out of the oven the color definitely faded.
Can’t wait to see your next round!
Marc @ NoRecipes says
Wow this looks decadent. If funny that you mention how well white chocolate and matcha go together, I’m actually working on a recipe that includes those two plus a third more unusual ingredient into the mix.
Yowza! Those are beautiful.
very nice Kevin! looks dense and yummy! i wonder if you could stop eating just one bar? ;P
I love the look. That’s different and looks great.
Mochachocolata Rita says
such a brilliant idea and thanks for not slathering the green tea brownies with RED BEAD ganache…i know green tea is probably married to red bead…but for me…they are sooo over (sorry people)
green tea & chocolate = the new green tea & red bean ^_^ hehe
i love the Asian twist on the brownies! the photos are just stunning! (Beautiful)
Honestly, I’m gaping yet speechless.
Or do I mean gasping?
If life is like a box of chocolates, then its time for me to buy another box, I seemed to have already devoured all the good ones. Life is like a box of chocolates, the best ones are half eaten.
I do have a chocolate site too, check this out
Thanks for letting me comment on your site 😀
Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) says
Amazing – these brownies just look amazing.
noble pig says
Absolutely incredible. There are no words.
the first word that came to mind when i saw your brownies was rice. following shortly after came yum and me want right now. 🙂
Kevin! Oh my goodness! That’s more than food–it’s an experience. Take a bow!!! (Applause)
Wow, they look amazing, makes me feel sorry for not liking green tea.
You’ve made a great job of those Kevin – They look fantastic!
These look fantastc! Definitely a will try in my book. A good idea to try a white chocolate ganache at another time too.
in defense of red bean. For me it is not a fad but rather a staple.
that looks to die for! love green tea
The learning in all of this was worth all the effort. Maybe it didn’t turn out exactly the way you expected but now you know what to do to tweak it – isn’t that how great recipes are created.d
I can see why you couldn’t get them out of your head, they look stunning
alright, i think i’m gonna have to invite myself over for this delicious brownie! yum! 🙂
I love the flavor combination! I really need to get my hands on some Matcha and start exploring!
These look amazing! Very creative! I have a tin of matcha in my cupboard and I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with it. This looks like the ticket!
Greg Turner says
Holy cow. I don’t usually bake, but these look so amazing, I just might have to make it a weekend project. And I just love the addition of green tea.
mmmmmm, Kevin I like one right now with my coffe!!! Really so nice and yummy!! Gloria
Peter M says
Kevin, everything about this is big…the size, the flavours, the effort…more applause!
*gasp* kevin! i mus say i love the colors~ and everything that comes out of yr kitchen >.< where did u get all these wonderful ideas from! Amanda
It looked like kaya (pandan coconut jam) at first glance :p That must be an awesome taste!
Proud Italian Cook says
Double decker yummy goodness! Kevin, you out did yourself!!!
Oh So Colson says
Wow! Several flavours that probably work well together. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. I’m always looking for a means to diffuse the sometimes overwhelming sweetness of brownies. Brownies are about chocolate and not about sugar!
Simply stunning brownies! I’ve never used matcha before (only heard of it recently)… will have to go searching at the local Asian markets to see if I can score some!
oh kevin these look amazing! i love that you like cooking with tea also! i’m a bit embarassed to admit that my mouth is actually watering at the sight of these….;)
I have never tried matcha before, but this is one stunning dessert plate!
cook eat FRET says
i love the photo
cause you can’t eat just one
next time white chocolate ganache!
but i would reallly like one now. too bad you’re so far…
Yum! I thought that was cake at first, but making them into brownies gives them that extra gooey and sticky texture that makes brownies so good! Nicely done!
Mansi Desai says
that looks stunning indeed kevin! I’ve been dying to try matcha desserts but I’m not able to get them even at Ranch 99!! wish i could take a piece of your delicious brownies!:)
Thats quite a mouthful. Beautiful too.
Bellini Valli says
So inviting Kevin with a cup of green tea or chai on the side:D
Joy @ Joy Of Desserts says
I like the switch to white chocolate and with the matcha, it makes for a spectacular presentation too, especially with the two brownies layered. A very impressive recipe.
Patricia Scarpin says
These are sinful, Kevin. Beautiful!
Matcha is a favorite of mine as well. And hopefully these brownies will be as soon as I make them. Which is hopefully very soon. They look incredible! Thank you.
That’s pretty crazy creative right there. I’m impressed.
Kevin, those brownies are to die for…they look absolutely gorgeous 🙂
Gretchen Noelle says
Wow, I’m impressed Kevin. I’ve made the Choc. Masc. Brownies on my blog too and that’s completely something I would have never thought to do. Great for St. Paddy’s Day 🙂
These look like a rich, decadent fudge, really beautiful!
Those looks just lovely, Kevin. Green is my favourite colour! So save me one, eh?
WOW oh WOW Kevin!! Your brownies look awesome and I just love the idea of using green tea – wonderful bake 😀
Deborah Dowd says
I have seen so many really creative twists on the Asian dessert theme from SHF. This one is really unique… and can anything topped with chocolate ganache be bad?
Coffee & Vanilla says
Looks delicious Kevin… I like the plate too! I have seen similar one in Ikea few days ago when I went to search for some new place mats for my pictures, and when I saw it I thought of your blog 🙂
Mike of Mike's Table says
I’ve been intrigued by the many uses of matcha as of late and now I seriously need to find it. These brownies look really impressive, visually and flavor-wise.
You mentioned the ganache being overpowering. I wonder if like a buttercream or cream cheese-based frosting with something like candied ginger would work? *shrugs*
DC Newbie says
This looks amazing! The thought of combining green tea and chocolate is intoxicating! I’m glad I found your site!
this looks divine, interesting and unusual. well done.
These look terrible! You don’t want them, really, send them to me. Really! I’ll take them off your hands! 😉 Nice going!!! I’ve seriously got to get my hands on some matcha.
wow! i’m absolutely intrigued by these
They looked soooo good, I had to try and make them. I used your suggestion and used 2 tbsp of matcha. I used milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate for the ganache.
I must agree with you about the brownie/blondie being delicious. I LOVE chocolate, but I think it is too overwhelming for the green tea flavor.
It is very decadent, and the people in my office are happy today!
Thanks for the receipe!
The Urban Eater says
Oh, Kevin. You left a comment but you idn’t submit this recipe?????? How could you? 😉
I've always enjoyed your site for the photographs and recipe ideas, but this is the first time I've actually tried something out…I made these and the kare pan for a japanese-themed book club and both turned out wonderfully!! Thanks so much for posting such fantastic recipes:)
Based on what you wrote, I used 1.5 T of matcha and made the ganache with white chocolate…the green tea flavor came out beautifully. White chocolate and green tea–who knew!
Hey there, I'm a huge fan of matcha and the brownies look way awesome! I've been wanting to try this but I was wondering if I could replace mascarpone cheese with cream cheese? Would it still be 1/2 cup?
thisbigcheese: Yes 1/2 cup of cream cheese would also work.
Ricardo Morais says
This looks amazing! Can i post it on my blog?
Rachel L. says
I made these yesterday night- they were to die for! The only thing I changed was putting the matcha at 3 tablespoons, but I wanted a VERY strong green tea taste. Delicious!!
Hey Love the Brownies! I am a pastry chef in the us, and I know my stuff. Once I was confident enough with the recipe I added a teaspoon of ginger to the batter it was really good. I highly recommend this sight. And try the ginger. Cook and enjoy! Vick
Jill Roberts @ Wellnessgeeky says
Gorgeous photos and amazing looking mascarpone brownies! I am obsessed with desserts! I'll definitely try it but i wont to add 1 cup unsalted butter! Thanks a lot for sharing Kevin!