Matcha Ice Cream. Little Asian Twist.

Welcome to readers from The Kitchn – any favorite ice creams to share?

Matcha doesn’t need an introduction anymore. It is just me being on the slow side… Everyone tried it our like zillion of times, and way, way back in time. Then here I come along and give it a try as well. Guess you are never too old to learn?

Intrigued by so many posts and so many variations on matcha I decided it was time our household had a matcha experience too. First I had to find this matcha powder. Granted, a couple of shops I asked for gave me a blank look. I gave them a blank look back. We moved on. Finally I came across the most over priced matcha in the history of matcha at Le Palais des Thes. And bought it. When I’m on a mission, nothing stops me. Jane Bond!

(Of course we came across matcha after the expensive buy in every other Asian shop at a fraction of the price. That be a lesson to you. Patience is a virtue!)

Home with the expensive matcha I had to decide what to do with it. In a very non organized fashion I first bought the (main?) ingredient and then started thinking of a recipe. Kind of chaotic. I finally settled down for a matcha ice cream. With the ingredients in the house, outside somewhat warm, ice cream was the answer. Now before I share the recipe with you, note I made the mistake of not actually making matcha white chocolate ice cream. The white chocolate bit is probably something that could take this ice cream to the next Japanese level. If you don’t believe me, you’ll definitely believe her. Or her.

Matcha Ice Cream

2 egg yolks
2-4tbsp sugar
200ml heavy cream
1-2tbsp matcha powder
2tbsp hot water
50ml water

Lightly whisk egg yolks in a pan. Add water and sugar in the pan and mix well. Put the pan on low heat and heat the mixture, stirring constantly. When the mixture is thicken, remove from the heat. Mix hot water and matcha green tea powder together. Add the green tea in the egg mixture and mix well, cooling in ice water. Add the whipped heavy cream in the mixture and mix well.

Result? A very green and refreshing ice cream. Sort of tastes ok. But of course it lacks the smooth silkiness and creaminess of the white chocolate. Better luck next time.

More matcha for you: Il Pranzo di Babette does the matcha latte in Italian. La Tartine Gourmande goes for a matcha marbled cake. Here is someone who used matcha way back when: Chez Pimย and a matcha vinaigrette. I like the sound of that. And over at Happy Home Baking you can try your hands at a matcha loaf.

What have you tried out with matcha? Any suggestions on how I should use up the left over matcha? Would love to hear.

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  • Waou, i think this ice cream is so delicious …

  • Gorgeous ice cream, I am green with envy:p…I have a chocolate matcha loaf recipe which I love, and the matcha cookies, which I adapted from Amai tea green tea cookies. Both are winners if you enjoy matcha. Matcha ice cream is on my next-churning list!

  • I need to give matcha a try too…but hey, we’re in Europe, we can be ahead of the curve (for European standards) and still take our time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • You changed your site, it looks GREAT!!!! I love the new look!!!! I am going to have to try this ice cream I have been seeing Matcha everywhere!

  • looks wonderful! i have some matcha left so i am thinking ice cream!

  • Celine

    absolutely stunning! I made one some time ago and threw in tiny chocolate bits, and oh my…let’s just say I need to make some more soon after seeing your lovely pic.

  • Looks good! Green tea ice cream is one of my favorites. The slightly bitter matcha balances the sugar in the ice cream for a really tasty finish.

  • tht look gd. matcha ice cream always one of my fav flavours

  • The ice cream’s a beaut, Andreea… Despite me being in an Asian country, I’ve yet to actually see matcha! It seems only the restaurants have suppliers!

  • It’s becoming my top three favorite ice cream flavor now,
    So refreshing and yet not overly sweet,
    Love it!

  • norecipes

    Yum, sounds delicious. I can vouch for the white chocolate matcha combo as well. Made some cupcakes last week with which chocolate matcha mint frosting. It was hard not to eat the whole bowl of frosting.

  • I love Matcha Icecream, I first had it at my favourite Japanese.

    For what to make with the rest of the matcha. I will suggest first, make yourself a cup of delicious Matcha tea. No sweeteners, taste the bitterness in its fullness. Tasting the ingredient as-is usually helps me come up with more ways to use it.

    Second recipe, Matcha cupcakes!

  • I have a little tin of matcha powder in my pantry, just waiting and waiting to be used. I might give it the ultimate honor with your recipe. I love green tea ice cream. ๐Ÿ™‚

    btw. You have a beautiful blog.

  • claire

    If you are short of time, just mix a few teaspoons of the matcha powder (sieved) into a little tepid water and mix well. Mix this into 1/2 a tub of softened good quality vanilla icecream, then add this to the remaining icecream. Only thing you need to take care of is that the icecream does not melt otherwise it should not be returned to the freezer. You can use the same method with white chocolate icecream.

  • I think I will love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • How desperate am I to get my hands on some matcha powder? Very desperate. You’ve just made it worse; congratulations ^__^

  • such great ideas! thank you all. i think i will now make myself a cup of matcha tea and then see what to start with first … i am thinking out loud here, but matcha meringues?!

  • Y

    That looks like a great ice cream. Matcha has so many great uses.. apart from being made into tea, that is! ๐Ÿ˜€

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