Green Tea Ice Cream has become regular menu items for any Japanese restaurant here in Australia. Matcha ice cream is another name for it. Did you know it is very simple and easy to make? I will show you how to make this delicious icecream at home.
What is Matcha?
Matcha (抹茶) literally means powdered green tea. Matcha is made from camellia sinensis, the same as black tea and oolong tea. Generally, matcha is used for tea ceremonies and drinking, but because it comes in powdered form, it is used often for flavouring baking and cooking.
Difference between Matcha & powdered green tea
Matcha is different from green tea powder. The tea leaves used for Matcha are blocked from sunlight for a period of time before picking. They are then steamed, dried, and finally milled very finely into powder form. Matcha is regarded as a high-class and expensive tea because of the time and effort needed to make it.
On the other hand powdered green tea are not blocked from sunlight, and also the process of making green tea powder is different from Matcha. Blocking from sunlight increases Umami elements, amino acid and theanine. Also, suppress producing catechins which are bitter taste element.
Matcha green tea powder grade
There is a broad spectrum of prices, but usually the better quality of the matcha powder, the more expensive. Mass-produced matcha ground by machine will be cheaper than matcha ground by hand because the strong fragrance and flavour will be lost in the process of machine ground.
What grade Matcha powder should be used for the ice cream
So for drinking at a tea ceremony, high-quality Matcha powder should be used, but for a daily drink in latte or baking, the matcha grade is not really a huge matter in my opinion. So therefore for making ice cream too, any grade of tea will be great to flavouring and colouring the ice cream. Of course, for a bright green colour, the higher grade will be better.
How to make Green tea ice cream at home
Except for matcha green powder, everything else you can get from your local supermarkets. You need, heavy cream, milk, egg yolks and sugar. Basically, just add tablespoons of matcha to egg and sugar mixture. Then pour milk and cream mixture to it. Then heat it and churn. If you have an ice cream maker will be easier but not necessary.
Serving suggestions for Green Tea icecream
Eat this ice cream as Japanese do! I usually add something extra like red bean paste, dango and strawberry or any fruit. Dango and matcha ice cream flavour go really well. Be creative and find your favourite way to eat it and tell me!
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- 250 ml Milk
- 125 ml heavy cream
- 2 egg yolks
- 75 g caster sugar
- 1 tbs matcha green tea powder
- Bring the milk and cream to a simmer over low heat in a sauce pan.
- Turn the heat off and set aside.
- Whisk 2 egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until the colour of the mixture becomes pale and fluffy.
- Add the matcha green tea powder to the sugar and yolk mixture and mix well.
- Gradually pour the warm milk mixture into the egg mixture and keep whisking until smooth.
- Strain the mixture into a clean sauce pan and place over low heat for 5 minutes, continuously stirring.
- Leave it in the fridge to chill.
- Pour the matcha green tea mixture into an ice cream maker. *1
- Run the ice cream maker for about 20 minutes, and once the mixture has become thicker, pour it into a container and freeze it until set.
- Serve with red bean paste, dango and strawberry(optional)