Green tea ice cream is such a treat with the ideal balance of flavor, and our favorite recipe is made with Aiya. It's also a stunning way to end a meal that makes a big impression. This Matcha Ice Cream is a delicate combination of cream, half-and-half, sugar and vanilla bean with Matcha green tea. Sweet but not overly so, this cool and refreshing ice cream perfectly highlights the delicious flavor. It really is the perfect dessert.
RECIPE: Matcha Ice Cream
Yields 1 quart
2 cups half and half
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup with 2 tablespoons removed sugar
1 Vanilla bean pod
2 tablespoons Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha
Pinch of salt
Split the vanilla bean lengthwise with a pairing knife and then carefully scrape the insides out with the back of the knife to remove all the vanilla inside.
Add the heavy cream, half-and-half, vanilla (both the scrapings and the pods), salt, and sugar to a pot over medium heat.
Heat the ingredients together until they reach 170 degrees F, stirring occassionally. Take off the heat. (Note: If you do not have a candy or cooking thermometer to monitor the temperature exactly, you can tell when it comes to the right temperature by looking at the surface of the mixture. Once the first few bubbles begin to drift up to the surface, immediately take it off the heat. DO NOT let it simmer or boil.)
Remove the vanilla bean pod pieces from the mixture and discard.
Sift in the Matcha and mix well.
After letting it cool a bit, transfer the ice cream to a refrigerator safe container with a lid and refrigerate it for 4-8 hours. Letting it sit overnight so all the flavors can mingle is best. (Note: If using an ice cream maker, disregard the following two steps and instead follow the instructions of your ice cream maker.)
Transfer the ice cream base from the refrigerator to the freezer and leave it there for 45 minutes to begin setting. Remove it and mix it all together well. Repeat the process until it takes on the consistency of soft serve ice cream - it should take 3-4 hours.
After completing the mixing process, you can serve as is for soft serve ice cream or place it in the freezer again for at least an hour to fully harden.
Note: If you prefer less Matcha flavor and stronger sweetness, you can decrease the Matcha to 1 tablespoon and only take 1 tablespoon of sugar from the cup. If you plan on using an ice cream maker, complete the recipe up to step six and then follow the directions on your ice cream maker.