February 22, 2016 2 min read

Totoro Matcha Puffs with green tea cream filling

Today at Keno Tea we’ve got a brilliant new matcha recipe based on Totoro.

Uhmm… Totoro? What is it? A new trendy superfood? Well, nah, it's not :)

If you are fan of Japanese animation, you'll know that Totoro is the main character of the famous animated film My Neighbor Totoro by Studio Ghibli

He is a friendly, adorable spirit who looks like a rabbit or a hamster. The movie is really sweet and touching and has gathered a huge amount of fans right around the world.

My Neighbor Totoro, director Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese animation

(Credit to movieboozer.com)

To bring some of Totoro’s magic into your world, today we’re going to show you how to make Totoro Matcha Puffs, with a recipe by Metta aka @letsnomnom.

Metta is a blogger who loves good food, travel and sharing her amazing adventures:

Metta’sTotoro Matcha Puffsare made into the shape of Totoro’s face, decorated with melted chocolate and filled inside with a creamy matcha filling.

This recipe is a hit with kids but also makes a great dessert for anyone with a sense of fun and adventure.

Anyways, let’s bake!

Totoro Matcha Puff

Ingredients

Choux Pastry

  • 150 ml water
  • 100 ml milk
  • 125 gr unsalted butter
  • 150 gr plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt

Cream Filling

  • 500 ml milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 120gr caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp matcha powder

Method

Cream Filling

  1. Mix egg yolks,100 ml milk, sugar, cornstarch, matcha in a bowl
  2. Heat the remaining milk in a saucepan
  3. Pour the heated milk into the matcha mixture
  4. Whisk continuously until combined
  5. Heat that mixture over medium-low heat till it thickens
  6. Add butter while it’s still hot
  7. Refrigerate the filling till it's ready to be used

Choux Pastry

  1. Heat butter, milk, water, sugar, salt on low heat till the butter’s melted
  2. Turn off the heat when it boils
  3. Stir in sifted flour quickly till forming a non-sticky dough.
  4. Transfer dough to another container & keep on stirring until it cools down a little bit
  5. Beat the eggs one at a time and mix in the mixture till sticky & well combined.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag
  7. Pipe a round/oval for the totoro's body & 2 ovals for the ears.
  8. Bake at 180C for 40 mins till they're all golden brown - modify the time and temp. according to your oven
  9. Remove from oven and let them cool down while getting the filling out
  10. Poke a hole on the puffs to pipe the Cream Filling into the puffs
  11. Draw totoro's features (eyes, mouth) using melted chocolate

Matcha Green Tea Choux Recipe with Totoro features

Magical, aren’t they? Not only is the puff delicious, it’s also fun – another perfect combination using matcha

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