Green Tea Ice Cream (Matcha Ice Cream | 抹茶アイスクリーム)
AUGUST 15, 2011
How was your weekend? I’m sure everyone is trying to squeeze in some fun activities with family and friends before school starts in 1-2 weeks. We went to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk again for fun rides and playing at the beach with the kids. Thank you everyone for the kind comments and emails for the past few days. I have read them all happily and I’ll be responding shortly.
I am so excited to share this ice cream recipe with you. I’ve been in the US for 15 years (in 5 years, my time spent in the US and Japan will be equal!). However, I had never tasted green tea ice cream that is authentic. Häagen-Dazs® Green Tea ice cream is pretty close, but other brands of green tea ice cream out there are way too creamy. The Japanese green tea ice cream is not as creamy, and it is sweet, but it has very strong Matcha taste that is almost bitter. Am I confusing you a bit?
Some of you might have a hard time finding Matcha (100% natural green tea powder). I use this Japanese brand maeda-en, and their “culinary quality” green tea powder is pretty good (Japanese supermarket sells this for around $6. Just so you know, even for the Japanese, matcha is considered a very expensive ingredient.
When I tasted this ice cream, I was surprised how authentic the taste was and it brought me right back to Japan!! If you know what I’m talking about and miss authentic Japanese green tea ice cream, then this is it!
Before going onto the recipe, I’d like to announce that I was interviewed by Correen at Food Lovers Website. I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little bit more by reading her post. Have a great week!