Matcha Ice Cream is a totally optional but highly recommended and tasty way to get your ice cream fix! On top of it’s soothing pastel green, this ice cream has a slightly earthy and sweet aroma. Surprise! It tastes just like it smells too! Using a lower ration of cream, helps to keep this from being overly heavy while maintaining the refined flavors of delicate matcha tea.
Matcha Ice Cream （抹茶アイスクリーム）
It’s friggin hot today!
100 degrees hot!!!
And we have the winds blowing off shore here, so I’m going to definitely be hitting the beach to surf before it gets dark!
But before that I wanted to share my go-to matcha ice cream recipe with you!
I like matcha ice cream a lot.
In fact, I used just about an entire can of matcha tea to make matcha ice cream this year.
That’s how much I like it!
It’s absolutely one of my top 5 flavors!
And I especially like it since it’s made with tea!!
That makes it ‘healthier’ and gives me another excuse to make and eat it 🙂
Matcha Tea vs Green Tea
Though Matcha and regular green tea come from the same plant (Camellia sinensis), the growing technique is different.
As the matcha harvest nears, the green tea plants are shaded 3-4 weeks before harvesting.
The shading process alters the chemistry and compounds that end up in the harvested leaves.
This is one of the main differences in producing matcha versus green tea!
Also, you may know that matcha comes in a powder form while green tea is loose leaf.
This difference in product also results in a different way each is prepared for drinking.
Normally, green tea is made by infusing the tea leaves in water for a minute or so.
Where as matcha tea involves whisking the tea powder in hot water, and drinking all of it. Powder and all.
That is if you like the flavor of green (and matcha) tea!
Want to hear more about green tea?
Some of the best green tea in Japan is cultivated near Kyoto (Uji).
Other famous regions include Shizuoka and Fukuoaka prefectures.
If you’ve had high quality Japanese green tea, you may have noticed it has a subtle and sweet characteristic.
Most restaurants don’t serve the good stuff, so you may attribute bitter flavors to green tea, which is true for lower quality teas.
And also, teas that have been oversteeped (for too long) or at water that is too high of a temperature.
So if you haven’t had a good quality tea, I do recommend trying to seek it out and give it a taste!!
Anyways, enough about tea for now.
I recorded these two videos a while back so I apologize they are a bit rough and I made a bit of a mess. (Yes I admit I am messy in the kitchen)
Hope this is helpful and let me know what you think!