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I’ve been in the U.S. for 15 years; however, I had never tasted Green Tea Ice Cream (Matcha Ice Cream) that is authentic until I found this recipe.  I’m really excited to share this recipe with you today!

Häagen-Dazs® Green Tea ice cream is pretty close, but other brands of green tea ice cream that I tasted so far are way too creamy.  The Japanese green tea ice cream is not as creamy.  It is sweet, but it has very strong matcha taste that is almost bitter.  Am I confusing you a bit?

Green Tea Ice Cream (Matcha Ice Cream) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Matcha 抹茶 or green tea powder is NOT the same green tea that you drink at home or Japanese restaurants.  So you can’t grind the regular green tea to make matcha. :)  It is made from shade-grown tea leaves and used for Japanese tea ceremony and wagashi (Japanese confectioneries).  

I use this Japanese brand maeda-en, and their “culinary quality” green tea powder is pretty good (Japanese supermarket sells this for around $7).  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!  I highly recommend you to make double recipes!

Here’s the video on How To Make Green Tea Ice Cream on my YouTube Channel!  I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Before going onto the recipe, check out my interview 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!

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Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe (Matcha Ice Cream)
 
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Serves: 1 Quart
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Half & Half (or 1 cup whole milk + 1 cup heavy whipping cream)
  • 3 Tbsp. (18 g) green tea powder (matcha)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt (about 1/16 tsp.)
Equipment
Instructions
  1. Freeze the ice cream bowl for 24 hours.
  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the half and half, sugar and salt.
    Green Tea Ice Cream 1
  3. Start cooking the mixture over medium heat, and add green tea powder. Stir often and cook until the mixture starts to foam and is very hot to the touch but not boiling.
    Green Tea Ice Cream 2
  4. Remove from the heat and transfer the mixture to a bowl sitting in an ice bath. When the mixture is cool, cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
    Green Tea Ice Cream 3
  5. Once the mixture is thoroughly chilled, transfer to a pre-chilled ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacture's instructions (20-25 minutes). Transfer the soft ice cream into an airtight container and freeze for at least 3 hours before serving.
    Green Tea Ice Cream 4
Notes
If you don't have an ice cream maker, check out this post.

Recipe from Sweets by Sillianah.

Update: Step-by-step pictures have been updated (March 2014)

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  1. Oh Nami!!! I was really hoping you would post this recipe!!! I absolutely want to try it! I have had a hard time finding Matcha powder in Sydney (weird eh??) but it seems like I may have found the right place! So once I get to go pick up some, this is going straight into my ice cream maker!

    Only one question… I have never seen half and half around here… can I substitute it with regular cream (or half cream and half milk)? Not sure what it is exactly… 😉

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    • I was about to go to bed, and caught your email. :-) How are you Manu? I’ll be visiting your blog very soon, but I want to answer your question first. Yes, American Half and Half is a mixture of one part milk to one part cream. A lot of Japanese students go study abroad in Australia, so I assume there is a Japanese market in a big city. They “should” have Matcha. Are you familiar with any Japanese supermarket there?

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      • I did some research in Japanese and found several grocery stores in Sydney, but this seems good one. Hope it’s nearby.

        MARUYU
        tel: 02-9267-0888
        Basement, Ground Floor
        283-285 Clarence Street
        Sydney NSW 2000

        Anybody in Sydney for better advice?

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        • Ohhh Nami!!! Thank you so much for this! It is right in the CBD so it shouldn’t be hard to get to! I’ll go check it out the first time I go to the city (or I’ll send Clint… hehehe). THANK YOU!!!! <3

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  2. I love green tea ice cream and saw this earlier and wanted to try it. There’s this place Dave’s Ice Cream in Hawaii with the best green tea ice cream – so creamy. I definitely want to impress my family by making this recipe. Gorgeous pictures as usual!

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  3. I just recently tried this, in fact somewhere around 2 years ago, I always see this in Japanese restaurant but was initially scared that I would not like the taste but when me and my wife dined in a Japanese restaurant here in Auckland this was a part of a set meal so we have no choice but to try it, to our surprise it was good! really good. It suddenly reminds me of me telling my colleagues to try out Philippine ice cream flavours like avocado, cheese, mung beans and others, they might sound odd to others but they all do taste really good.

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  4. Great vibrant green colour! This ice cream can not be mistaken for anything else then green tea =) I bet it would be a great filling for mochi ice cream!

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  5. I have never tried matcha ice cream. When I lived in NZ I once bought ice cream that was meant for export to Japan but the order was cancelled so we were lucky to be able to buy it. The ice cream was really creamy and delicious, more creamy than the local stuff. I thought Japanese preferred more creamy ice cream but maybe thats why the order was cancelled:)

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    • We have this image of matcha. Real “matcha” (tea that we drink at traditional tea ceremony) is really bitter. The ceremony serves traditional Japanese sweets so we can balance out the bitterness. So when we talk about Matcha Ice Cream, we don’t expect to eat too creamy or too sweet matcha ice cream. So customers would probably prefer eating bitter matcha ice cream that has real matcha flavor in it. We like creamy ice cream, but matcha is different! 😉

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  6. I love love green tea ice cream. That looks so refreshing and gorgeous! I need to go get some matcha for myself. Last time I made matcha pancakes and it was quiet good!! Btw, are you using a lens? Photos are so stunning and sharp.
    PS: you are the winner of my giveaway, Nami! Congrats!

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  7. Nami, I am now wondering if it’s not the most beautiful food item I have ever seen on your blog. This photo is breathtaking! (UPDATE: after hardly a minute I am 100% sure this is definitely the most beautiful photo from your blog and maybe from all the food blogs I have seen…).
    I love matcha and if I had an ice-cream maker, I would make this ice-cream straight away. I usually find ice-cream either too creamy, like you, or too sweet, or both. I imagine how I would modify my own home-made ice-cream.
    All my experiments with matcha were a big success (at least for me) and I am sure I would adore your ice-cream. I find all the matcha sweets have an “adult” and elegant side I particularly enjoy.
    Congratulations for your interview! You are a big star! (I am going to read it now.)

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  8. I don’t have an ice cream maker so I can’t really make good ice cream, but here in Singapore, I can get really really good match ice-cream from Isetan! I can’t remember what’s the name of it for the life of me, but they have a red bean flavor too, but the matcha is so rich, almost to the point of being bittersweet, that I love it! And I totally get what you mean by not as creamy!

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  9. That looks sooooooo goood! I love love love that green color! I hate the super creamy green tea ice creams that are usually too sweet. I tend to like my green tea ice cream slightly strong and bitter which is how its supposed to be. Thanks for the recipe!

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  10. Matcha is one of my favorite flavors, in ice cream or cakes, or just to drink. I try to buy the best matcha powder I can afford, and you’re right, it costs a bomb (but sooo delicious!). I’ll be making matcha ice cream using your recipe soon….with sweet azuki beans on the side ;-).

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  11. I love matcha ice cream! It is so balanced with the tea flavor and the creaminess of ice cream at the same time. It is unfortunate that I don’t have an ice cream maker, but when I do get one, this is on the list to make!

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  12. Your photos are stunning! We LOVE green tea ice cream. I have some matcha powder on hand. We buy ours from a tea shop. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks

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  13. I have never tasted matcha ice cream..only frozen yogurt. I love the color- its so relieving to eat green colored dessert atleast visually it gives you an imperession that you are eatimg something healthy;)I never saw the Haagen Dazs ever at grocery.need to check out!

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  14. I’m so glad to see this post of yours, Nami!!! Ryan and I love ordering grean tea ice cream whenever we’re at a Japanese Restaurant. But Ryan always tells me that all the green tea ice cream we’ve tasted here aren’t as good as the ones he has eaten in Japan years ago. I’m definitely trying your recipe as soon as I get the matcha!

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  15. The bright green of this is so tempting! And your napkin and bowl are gorgeous too. I’m going to try to get matcha from my Asian supermarket next time I go. I love green tea, and ice cream and I need some bright green in my life!!

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  16. Il looks great, and what a color :-). Green is my favorite color (with yellow) so I have a weakness for pics with green food :-).

    But guess what, here in New Zealand is so cold now, the coldest that I ever experienced, that I feel it will be a while before i take out my ice cream machine.

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  17. I have never made Green Tea Ice-cream, but Nami this looks absolutely gorgeous… Such a fabulous green color. This is really pretty and I’m sure it will taste even fabulous..
    Thank dear.

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  18. I use that same brand of green tea to cook with! My favorite green tea ice cream is from dave’s ice cream in hawaii. I wonder how close it is to your favorite! Its not too sweet, definately more on the tea side… I didnt end up buying an ice cream machine this summer. :( But yours looks so good Nami! Ooooh I would like a scoop of this in some Iced Grean tea!!

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  19. I’ve had green tea ice cream before but it was stuffed inside mochi, and I loved it. So, I’m sure I’m gonna love this too, Nami. What a nice presentation of ice cream and I love the details. Great shot on the ice cream just focusing on the food! Well done my friend, well done!

    ~ ray ~

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  20. Omg, the kids LOVE green tea ice cream! I made my first batch this summer too, and I love the way I can add extra extra extra matcha to get the intense strong taste that I love! I like it so strong it’s kind of bitter. So yummy.

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  21. Hi Nami, we love matcha ice cream too, but i don’t own a ice cream maker, will try your recipe if i own one in the future. By the way, I’m now in China, and I’m so frasturated as I could not log in blogger (China govt banned) and update my blog, look like i can only update when i back on next Monday…See you soon.

    Sonia, greeting from Xiamen China

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  22. I love your blog and all of the gorgeous recipes and pictures! The green tea ice cream sounds so delicious and refreshing right now in all of this heat! Its such a beautiful shade of green too (one of my favorite colors)– so pleasing to the eye, you can’t help but want to dig in!

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  23. What a beautiful ice-cream. I’m not a tea enthusiast, but I think I’ll buy the HaganDaz ice-cream to see what it tastes like…you never know! Stunning Photos!

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  24. Oh my, this is beautiful Nami. So vibrant and fresh. I am happy just staring it. It looks too pretty to eat. Glad you are enjoying your summer. Goes by so fast. We’re in the midst of tuiton being due and having our son buy his first car. Kiana is getting her learners permit next week, well if she passes. Textbooks for university being ordered. I long for the days when they were young. I can’t believe it goes by so fast. Embrace every moment. xx

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  25. Jeanne

    Oh, wow. Thank you for posting this! It’s been a long 6 months in Germany without any green tea ice cream (I refuse to eat that dyed vanilla stuff). I’m so excited to try this when I get back to my ice cream maker!

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  26. Hi! nami i like green tea ice cream too, specially in summer time. Your ice cream is looking delicious I like that it doesn’t have eggs. Must try…:) thanks for sharing this.

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  27. loving your soba and this icecream recipe! (even tho its not summer over here!)
    all the green tea icecream i’ve tried are creamy…so its interesting that you said the authentic ones are not! i do love the slight bitterness of green-tea for sure :)

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  28. I remember eating green tea tiramisu, didn’t taste like traditional Tiramisu but loved the flavor and that lil bittery taste! I am not an ice cream fan but this I might just enjoy!

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  29. i have never had green tea ice-cream, i know, sometimes i live under a rock, I’ve been missing so many ice-cream combos but I love the green color. I know the closest grocery stores carries Häagen-Dazs ice-cream, I hope they have the green tea one. Fingers crossed.

    going to reply you your email now :)

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  30. Mika

    This looks very yummy, but I still am a huge huge Azuki icecream lover ; )

    By the way, now I get this pop-up window for a survey everytime when I visit your page. Did you set this up? I’m just curious since these questions have nothing to do with food.

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    • Really? I’ve never heard of it before from someone else…When I go to my own blog, it doesn’t come up though. Anyone else have same issue, let me know! 😉

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  31. You are tempting me to buy an ice-cream maker again but summer should be ending soon.Hmmm…maybe next year? I have been wanting to buy matcha powder for the longest time. Every time I am in the Japanese store – I am confused by the range of matcha the store carries. Any suggestions? Maybe I just look for 100% natural green tea powder. I don’t think it is cheap though.

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    • I use the matcha brand shown in the picture and I thought it’s pretty good. It’s for culinary purpose, so the grade is not too high (for tea ceremony). But the powder was beautiful color and the taste was excellent. You can buy those in a Japanese market. I haven’t checked Asian/Chinese store yet. They may have it…but more of casual green tea powder (some has sugar in it) than matcha (100% natural green tea).

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  32. Matcha tea powder is really expensive in Oz… I used it sparingly… like gold commodity hehehe
    The ice-cream is gorgeous, Nami. My kids love matcha ice-cream ( as matter of fact… both love anything fr Japan or Korea)

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  33. Right on, sometimes you just have to make it yourself, I like the bitterness that comes with green tea (that’s the point) what is all that fake bravado with the sweet green tea in the U.S. huh, what? Naw? They are totally faking it. Love the use of the green cloth prop. Lady B. makes a great green tea ice cream here…

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  34. なみさん、お久しぶりです!!Oh my, it`s been too long! I missed you! Checking out your posts would be my homework tonight, but with the picture of your matcha ice cream, I can`t help leaving a comment now. The picture is amazingly beautiful!! Love the color of black and vibrant green there.
    I`m not actually an ice-cream eater (more a yoghurt-eater), but even so I`m craving for matcha ice cream now. I don`t have an ice cream maker, but I can get the Haagen-Dazs version right away. Do you know any good brand here in Japan that might represent the authenticity?

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  35. I’m so happy to hear you have a good memory of matcha ice cream there. :-) At least you could navigate yourself to the right place to taste authentic matcha ice cream! Impressive without speaking the language! Lol 😉 There are so many kind of ice cream brand, but if it was expensive, then I’m sure you tasted top quality matcha ice cream… hehee. Thanks for sharing the story!

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  36. Lillian, thank you so much for the recipe. It’s awesome that you made it perfectly authentic green tea ice cream without trying authentic version. You know what’s the right taste! 😉

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  37. I don’t usually like Matcha ice cream, maybe it’s because I’ve never had a good one like you were saying! Your photo is so life like, I wish I could pull it from the screen and eat your ice cream!

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  38. Beautiful ice cream, and such a vivid hue of green. I love green tea ice cream. I tried making it once, but the recipe only called for green tea bags and it didn’t taste good at all. I just ordered a sampler tin of matcha to try some, so if there’s enough left over I’d love to try this. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. I love green tea ice cream and make it once in a while. I am going to try your recipe. It looks great, and I will definitely like strong matcha taste. Beautiful photo too!

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  40. hfriday

    Hello,

    A year ago I bought matcha powder while I was abroad because we don’t have it where we live. I haven’t had the chance to use it – is it still useable? The packaging has no expiry date on it since it was filled from a larger bucket. If I can still use it, how long will it keep?

    Thanks!

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    • Hi! I wasn’t sure so I did a little bit of research (in Japanese). It looks like it’s recommended to use within 120 days if the bag is in a tin can and 90 days if it’s in the box. If the powder is directly in the can, then it’s even shorter, 30 days. It has to be in an air tight container so that the powder won’t change color and lose the quality. Some recommends to put it in the fridge. This is “best before” date, so I don’t think it’s harmful to use it. Check the color of Matcha. Are they still vivid green? The high quality matcha has very nice vivid green color while low grade is dull green color. Hope it’s still useable…

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  41. I was lucky to get hold of pure matcha powder several years ago. A Japanese friend kept matcha powder that was produced by his grandma. I remember having late night green tea ice cream treats (match powder + vanilla ice cream) during autumn when I had the chance to stay in the US for a couple of months.

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  42. Elizabeth

    FAB recipe! This is the Green Tea ice cream that I crave…thank you so much for posting such a winner in my book! I will never have to be humiliated at the Japanese Restaurant ordering 5 orders of Ice Cream again :)

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  43. Lena

    I just made this for the first time earlier today.I really wanted to make it even tho i didn’t have a ice cream maker. The only problem is for me it was a bit to bitter (added a bit of simple syrup to balance out the bitterness) so next time i’m going to use less Matcha. Besides that I’m very happy with how it came out it was my first time making ice cream! Would you recommend this process if we wanted strawberry ice cream just replace Matcha with strawberries?

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    • Hi Lena! Thanks for your feedback! Matcha is supposed to be bitter (At Japanese tea ceremony we serve matcha tea and this is super bitter!). But I’m glad you adjusted and enjoyed the ice cream. For strawberry ice cream, I don’t think the process will be the same. You should use blender/food processor for strawberries and the amount of sugar will be more I think. I don’t have strawberry ice cream recipe yet (eventually, since that’s my favorite too!), so I recommend you to check a recipe. I’m sorry I can’t help you with this. Thanks again for your feedback!

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  44. HI Nami! I’ve got tons of posts to catch up on, haven’t I?! :) I have to comment on this one first since I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since seeing it on my FB stream a couple months ago. This is one of my favorite ice cream flavors and yours looks fabulous.

    I hope you’ve had a great summer!

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  45. Nami – I made this green tea ice cream twice now and really liked how it turned out, especially the texture. Not too creamy, not too sweet, and strong green tea flavor – just perfect!

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    • Hi Hyosun! Thank you so much for trying this recipe. The real matcha ice cream is NOT creamy or too sweet and it has strong green tea flavor!! I really think this is very authentic recipe. I’m so glad you liked it! I’m not buying those green tea ice cream from supermarket anymore… they are just too different from authentic green tea ice cream. :-)

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    • I think you can, but it’ll be more creamy. The authentic matcha ice cream is not creamy so if you want the authentic matcha ice cream, I’d recommend half and half and it was just perfect. :-)

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  46. The Culinary grade Maede-en Matcha you are using sells for $22.99 (Canadian) at the only grocery store in town that carries matcha so I bought the less expensive “Touch Organic” brand which was $16.99 (Canadian) for the 1.5 oz can.

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  47. I just bought the cuisinart ice cream maker (on sale for $20 at costco) and this is the first thing I made, and I’m happy to report that it turned out AH-MAZING! Best ice cream ever. Who knew homemade ice cream was so easy to make?!

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    • Aww Chung-Ah! Thank you for making this! $20 is a great deal! I seriously think this is really an authentic green tea ice cream. So happy you liked it! :-)

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  48. Hi, I just bought a bottle of matcha powder recently and would like to try your recipe. Just wondering if I can substitute half and half with the following options:
    1. equal amount of evaporated milk or
    2. equal amount of whipping cream or
    3. half evaporated milk + half whipping cream

    Will adding icing sugar instead of regular white sugar work?

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    • Hi Lolandra! Half and half = mixture of one part milk to one part whipping cream. So I’m not sure evaporated milk will work, to be honest. I’ve never used evaporated milk before so I’m not comfortable suggesting substitute. Maybe google to see if there are anyone who substitute with evaporated milk?

      And not sure about icing sugar too…. If you have seen any ice cream recipe which substitute with it, it may work. I’m not experienced enough to give you advice. I’m sorry I am not very helpful here… :-(

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  49. What decadent looking IceCream! I love Green Tea but I cannot have dairy. Anyone have suggesstions as to what I could substitue for the half n half? I have an icecream maker and make lots of recipes with goat yogurt instead of milk. I would love to hear about anyone making this dairy free.

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    • Hi Jen! If you have made many kinds of ice cream using goat yogurt, I think you can try adding matcha powder in the mixture. I have never used goat yogurt for ice cream, so I can’t guarantee the flavor and consistency. But if you have basic ice cream recipe with goat yogurt, it should work the same! Let me know how it goes. :-)

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  50. Joan

    Looks wonderful. Half and Half here in Canada is a 10% butterfat cream. Also known as Cereal cream. I have my mixture cooling as I write this. Its for my daughter who really likes green tea ice cream and has been very disappointed with any we’ve bought. In the restaurant is very good but we can’t by that. The matcha powder she brought me to use is slightly sweetened so I measured the sugar a little “scant”. Thank you for posting such a simple recipe.

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    • Hi Joan! Thank you for writing. :-) I hope your daughter enjoyed this. I had been disappointed with American green tea ice cream from store, so when I tasted this green tea ice cream, I was so happy that I could finally taste authentic green tea ice cream! I just made another batch too. :-) Thanks for trying this recipe!

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  51. William

    2 cups half-and-half (Half and Half is a mixture of one part milk to one part cream), i don’t really understand this :(

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  52. Hello,
    Just a note to say that your recipe is churning in my ice cream maker right now. I tasted it and it is おいしい! Strong matcha flavour and not too sweet. I think my guests are in for a treat.
    Thanks for posting this recipe. My next try will be black sesame.

    Jennifer

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  53. Hi Nami, as promised I made your green tea ice cream recipe. And omg, if possible, I love it even more than your black sesame one! Thank you so much for sharing. Keep up with your posts, I’m loving your work!

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    • Hi MissC! Thank you for trying this recipe and I’m glad to hear you liked it! Green Tea Ice Cream is my go to ice cream all the time. Super easy and there’s no failure! :)

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  54. kat

    It’s good to hear someone comment on what real matcha ice cream tastes like in Japan. I’ve never been, but I’ve always found the extra creamy versions with eggs too Americanized or custardy. The only one I like is made by a Japanese restaurant in California, it’s dark green, almost bitter and amazing.

    Over the years I’ve tried a lot of recipes, and the one I’ve been using for 10 years is 1 cup milk, 1 cup cream, 1/3 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon matcha (which I always up to 2 tablespoons or more) 😉 When I found your recipe, it felt as if I had confirmation of authenticity. Thank you.

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    • Hi Kat! I was happy too to find this macha ice cream recipe. I love matcha and I’ve tried matcha ice cream at different restaurants and bought different brands of ice cream, but they are all too creamy like you said. I make this matcha ice cream all the time and it’s one of the easiest and most authentic matcha ice cream I found. It brings me back to Japan right away! :)

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. :)

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  55. Aya

    I love green tea ice cream! Thank you for providing the recipe! I mixed in Oreo cookies and made into a green tea cookies n’ cream ice cream. Yum! I just made your awesome black sesame ice cream as well. SO good! Itsumo arigatou gozaimasu! 😀

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    • Hi Aya-san! Thank you so much for your feedback! Yay! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed both green tea ice cream and sesame ice cream! Thanks for writing! :)

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  56. Hi Nami,

    I tried to recipe (without ice cream maker – followed the recommended link). It turned out very well :)

    Thanks for a great recipe!

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  57. Angela

    Just noticed this recipe! I’m really excited to try this because, except for a few restaurants, all green tea ice cream I’ve come across is way too sweet and creamy and doesn’t have enough of the bitter going on to balance some sweet. 😀

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    • Hi Angela! Oh I think you will love this recipe (I hope!). I also don’t like “Green Tea” ice cream that are sold here because it’s not very authentic. I was so happy to find this recipe and I make it all the time. Oh, find good matcha for this… it’s worth it. :) Hope you enjoy it!

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  58. Serene

    Hi, I have made different kinds of ice cream but never seem to get the green tea one right. I moved from NYC to Vegas and couldn’t seem to find a Japanese Store here where I could buy good quality match powder for the ice cream. In NYC, there one by NYU campus / St Mark’s. Does anyone know where to get this Maeda-En Matcha Powder in Vegas?

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  59. patrimpas

    what’s a delusion!!!??? This recipe makes ice cream what is astronomically far away from Häagen-Dazs® Green Tea ice cream.

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  60. Yeen Yee

    Hi Nami,
    This is the first ice-cream I made when I got the ice cream maker.
    It tasted good. But the texture was very hard after freezing overnight. Is it supposed to be hard?
    After churning, my ice cream texture was still quite watery. Do I have to heat the mixture until it’s thick before churning.
    Thank you.

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  61. atsuki

    Hi,
    Pretty much all other recipes call for eggs when making ice cream, even green tea ice cream. Is there a reason you don’t include them in yours? Thank you very much, I’m looking forward to making this!! (hope this blog is still active…)

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    • Hi Atsuki! I’ve made this recipe so many times, and this flavor is perfect – really authentic matcha ice cream we can get in Japan unlike some creamy ones I find here in the US (but please note that the type of matcha you use also makes a difference in taste). I don’t really need to include egg/custard. I hope you like this recipe as much as I do. :)

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  62. Maddie

    I just made this matcha ice cream right now. It is fantastic and I love there is no egg in it! It was very easy to make and the consistency is great. I just leave it out on the countertop a couple of minute before scooping so it gets a bit softer to scoop. I also used very high quality matcha which I think makes a difference. :-) I know some people get a lower quality for ice cream and smoothies but I love the taste of the good stuff. Thanks for this wonderful & simple recipe! (I used the whole milk and heavy cream combo because that’s all I had on hand)

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    • Hi Maddie! So glad you liked it. This is my favorite ice cream to make (I love matcha and this is super easy to make!). I agree about the quality of matcha. Even the color of matcha can tell the grade, too. :) Thank you so much for the feedback!

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  63. Ursula

    Hi
    Thx for the recipe. I wondering if it is possible to make the ice cream without ice cream maker using the recipe above?
    thanks a lot for your reply

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  64. Kit

    Is there a difference if I only added the green tea powder when the cream-sugar-salt mixture is heated? I could not get the powder to fully dissolve even after heating and stirring for 30 mins. I decided to strain over a sieve but even so I still have fine specks of green tea powder in the mixture to chill :(

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    • Hi Kit! Then I’d recommend to do the following extra step(s).

      1. Sift green tea powder into a small bowl. (optional)
      2. Add hot (not boiling) water little bit and make a smooth paste before adding to the milk mixture.

      This way, your green tea should dissolve faster. Hope this helps. :)

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  65. Hi Nami,

    I’m really a fan of your inspiring and helpful site … many thanks!

    I didn’t have an ice machine so a friend and “chef” recommend to make parfait instead. So during the last christmas parties I made several different ones, e. g. a “toblerone”-parfait.

    After getting a nice package of matcha powder as an xmas-gift this year, I tried a “green tee parfait” instead of “ice” and it becomes gorgeous, the certain but gentle taste of matcha matches perfect with the more “soft” feeling of a parfait.

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  66. Mae

    I love your recipe!

    I’m a huge fan of matcha green tea and living in Dubai seeing any ice cream of that beautiful color have me running into the staff with excitment thinking it’d be Matcha Flavour…too sad for me it’s all Pistachio!

    I tried melted high quality Vanilla ice cream and whisk Matcha power into it just for a quick fix but never get a proper flavour like what I had in Japan or in Thailand (we made as decent flavour as ones from HagenDaz)

    Just recently I bought small pot of Hagendaz Matcha from Japan and refreeze it in Dubai….the flavour is there but it’s just like having a frozen Matcha Latte! Thank you again for all these lovely recipe!

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    • Hi Mae! Haha, I often make mistake too – when it’s green, my first thought is GREEN TEA!!! 😀 I’m so happy to hear you like my recipe, and thank you so much for writing! :)

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  67. Ai Mei

    Hi Nami,
    Tried this recently and it was awesome! Truly delicious.
    Thank you so much for a great recipe. I will be trying the black sesame ice cream next.
    Keep up the great work.

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    • Hi Ai Mei! Thank you for trying this recipe out! I’m so happy you liked it. Isn’t it simple and delicious? Hope you enjoy black sesame ice cream as much as green tea ice cream. :)

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  68. Liz Wong

    This looks really delicious, thanks! As I’m vegan, I’ll try to make a vegan version using soya and coconut cream. Will let you know if it’s successful!

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  69. luna

    i looooooooveeeeeeeeeee matcha..
    i had wanted to try this recipe for so long.. but it’s so hard to get green tea powder near my area so i bought online and got the chance to try it earlier today! and… i was having problem while adding the green tea powder it was like clotting when i added to the mixture >.< i chose to strain it with a filter before chill it in ice bath, also my ice cream doesn't look that green (i guess that depends on the powder). Thank you very much for sharing the recipe !! i will definitely make another batch..

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    • Hi Luna! Green tea powder is very fine, and you have to whisk to blend it in. It takes some time to do it. I have tried sifting too, but result is almost the same without sifting… The color of green matcha is purely from the brand/kind of matcha you use. The better quality one has very nice green hue to it. :) Hope you enjoyed the ice cream. :)

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  70. Jennifer Bradley

    I love green tea ice cream! I have also made some fabulous earl grey ice cream. This was very disappointing. Actually, it was inedible. I don’t know if it was too much matcha (3 tablespoons) or the type of matcha, but it was extremely overpowering and bitter.

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    • Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for your feedback! I’m sorry your ice cream didn’t come out well. :(

      Since you’ve mentioned that you already love green tea ice cream (and expect matcha has “bitter” taste), I am thinking it’s due to your green tea powder. (If anyone here is new to matcha, please know matcha powder has bitter taste)

      I am curious what brand/type of matcha you use. Do you mind sharing it with us? Maybe it’s helpful for some readers to watch out when they shop for matcha. (For those who want to know which brand I use, I use this: http://www.justonecookbook.com/pantry/green-tea-powder-matcha/).

      From my experience eating green tea ice cream in Japan and US, and all the feedback from readers who made this recipe (this is one of the top recipes that readers try), I believe 3 Tbsp. is just right. I want my green ice cream recipe to be as authentic as possible. I’ve made this recipe myself many many times at home for my family and guests, so I’m confident that 3 Tbsp is not the issue.

      I also want to bring this to attention. For anyone reading this comment please make sure this is “3 Tbsp”, not “PACKED 3 Tbsp”. It means to gently scoop matcha and level the top with a knife. Do not press matcha and pack into a tablespoon. This makes a huge difference in the amount of matcha you put in the recipe (could end up like 5 Tbsp. instead of 3). If you prefer weight measurement, 1 Tbsp. of matcha is 6 grams. I’ll add “18 grams” in the ingredient section.

      Hope this helps! :)

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      • Jennifer Bradley

        The brand of matcha was Sams Teas and Spices, ordered from Amazon. The company also has a website, http://www.samsteasandspices.com. The tablespoons were scooped, not packed, but thank you for the update in weight, which is always preferable. I made a different recipe this afternoon, using only 1 tbsp of match dissolved in 3 tbsp of hot water. I have to say the flavors are more mellow and the consistency more creamy and much more to my tastes. I like Asian food, but am a native American, so perhaps it is a cultural preference. It is rare that I make something I just feel is inedible, so that is why I took the time to comment. Thank you for taking the time to reply.

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        • Hi Jennifer! Thank you very much for the link! Looks like their matcha comes from China and the color seems a bit too dull… (usually more bright green color). But I’m glad you could adapt and made good green tea ice cream! Yes I agree – it’s personal/cultural preference too. :) Thank you for your kind response and I really appreciate it!

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  71. ivy lock

    hi i love matcha ice cream finally got green tea powder to try, can i ask after making, how long can it keep?

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  72. ivy

    It’s 9am in Singapore rainy dark sky but am happy to open my glass lock n lock to see my green tea ice cream looking good! It didn’t freeze up last night after 1..2..3 hours and I just beat it with my mixer even though there’s no frosting… Look too hard to eat again, I hv no food processor. Just did it put to beat Again hoping to make it fluff up like some videos on internet it didn’t so freeze it again… But I taste my spatula!!! Wah nice nice nice, ok maybe hubby might complain a bit too sweet, so ice cream for breakfast hahaha thanks for this wonderful recipe!

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  73. Kevin G

    This recipe is VERY good. It turned out so good that people commented that it tasted like it was purchased.
    The only downside to it is that matcha is expensive to buy in my city, at least a decent quality one.

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    • Hi Kevin! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe! I really, REALLY love this green tea ice cream recipe and use it ALL THE TIME! It’s too bad that GOOD matcha is always expensive. If you’re in the US, I recommend SeasonWithSpice.com’s green tea matcha powder. :)

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  74. I made this last night sans ice cream maker. Very good! Obviously it didn’t come out as creamy because I had to hand stir it in the freezer, but I’ll still take it over store bought. Next time I think I’ll do less sugar but that’s just my own personal preference. I’m excited to try this base with some other flavors as well. Thank you for the recipe!

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    • Hi Lynn! How wonderful! I’m so happy to hear you made this recipe without ice cream maker! It’s a bit more time consuming to keep mixing till frozen, but I’m glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  75. Oh my gosh! I am so happy that I landed on your site! I have spent years looking for the perfect green tea icecream recipe & have failed so many times. I love the bitter taste that green tea has but it seems like many companies try to lose that bitter taste and cover it with sweetness. Anyway, I will definitely be trying your recipe :)

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    • Thank you Brittany, and welcome to my blog! I’ve looked for a good authentic green tea recipe for a long time, too. I have been very happy ever since I started making this recipe. It’s just perfect! Hope you enjoy the recipe. :)

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  76. Sally

    Hi Nami, 3 tbspoon is not 18g , is 45g. Just a correction, hope I am right. Yet I made my favourite strong taste green tea ice cream !!!

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    • Hi Sally! 1 Tbsp. of green tea powder is 6 grams. Remember the green tea powder is MUCH lighter compared to sugar even in the same 1 tbsp. So 18 grams here is accurate. Be careful when you measure the volume and weight. :)

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  77. Rita

    I just finished making the mixture for this recipe, it is literally the best green tea ice cream I have ever tasted. I tried only just the mixture and thought whoa, how could this be enough!!! I went ahead and make another batch so it can be churn all at once!! Thank you sooooo much for sharing this recipe

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    • Hi Rita! I’m so happy to hear you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! I am really happy with this recipe, too. It’s really close to the green tea ice cream we get in Japan. :) Thank you so much for trying this recipe! :)

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  78. Michelle Hayden

    I made this last spring and absolutely loved it! I got David Lebovitz’s ice cream recipe book for Christmas this year, and even though I love his recipes, I will always use this one for green tea ice cream instead of the book – it was so wonderful and the colour of the ice cream was very cheerful.

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  79. Hi there!I LOVE your blog! My ice cream is churning now, and I tasted a spoonful and it is delish! I had some green tea ice cream at Haggen Daaz in Kaohsiung and it was delish, but way too sweet for me. I remember the taste of the green tea ice cream from Little Tokyo in Los Angles as a kid! I love all things Matcha! I bought 300 grams of culinary matcha in Taiwan and even some powdered Matcha Milk for lattes! I will be making some green tea mochi next to make some mochiko!
    Thanks again, great recipe!

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  80. Jack

    Your recipe is flawed. Matcha, at least Matcha of any quality should not taste bitter. That said, your recipe, especially to someone who does not know green tea or Matcha preparation well will result in an unnecessarily bitter result.

    “Start cooking the mixture over medium heat, and add green tea powder. Stir often and cook until the mixture starts to foam and is very hot to the touch but not boiling.”

    This is way too vague. It is CRITICAL, that the mixture never exceed 180 degrees fahrenheit, 82C and really I would not go much past 170F, 76C. If you exceed these temperatures, no matter the quality of the Matcha, it will be bitter and it is not supposed to be.

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  81. Sam

    I love green tea ice cream but I feel this recipe called for too much matcha!! Could have cut the quantity down to only one tbs and it still would have been pretty strong…

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    • Hi Sam! Usually green tea ice cream in Japan tastes just like this, which has more green tea flavor than sweet creamy taste. However, after living outside of Japan for sometime, I understand a lot of people prefer less green tea flavor as that’s how it’s sold here… You’re welcome to reduce the amount of green tea powder to your liking. If anyone prefers green tea ice cream just like what you can get in Japan, I highly recommend to keep the amount (and use good quality matcha). :)

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  82. Skye

    Im sorry, but what do you mean with 2 cups half and half.. What is that? Is it 1 cup of half full milk, and 1 cup of half full cream? I really want to try this recipy =] I already made the Red bean paste and the mochi from your cookbook and i LOVE them. So please explain to me what you mean with this?

    Lots of Love
    Skye

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    • Hi Skye! It’s an American thing (which I didn’t know when I first published this recipe). It’s one part milk and one part heavy cream. We often put it in coffee etc. :) Please use 1 cup heavy cream and 1 cup milk (whole or 2% reduced fat). :)

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      • Skye

        Ahh super! Thank you! I hate to be a bother again, BUT is soy milk alright too?
        Today i am going to make the red bean icecream aswell! I cant wait to taste it!

        Lots of Love
        Skye

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  83. Skye

    Hello there!
    I tried making this icecream today. I wonder if i have done something wrong? I followed your recipy, 1 cup milk 1 cup cream, 1/2 cup sugar and 3 TBS matcha.. But my icecream didnt turn out as green as yours, plus it was SUPER sweet.. I think a bit TO sweet.. There was almost no matcha flavor, only heavy cream flavor with a tiny bit of matcha.. And i threw in a bit more matcha because it didnt turn green after 3 TBS.. I wonder what went wrong can you help me?

    Lots of Love
    Skye

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    • Hi Skye! What kind of matcha did you use? I’m afraid your green tea powder is a wrong kind (the one is for cold drink and it has sugar in it). If it’s pure matcha, a lot of people think it’s “bitter”, and definitely not sweet. Also there is no way that you don’t have the matcha flavor if you put 3 Tbps. Plus, it will be very green color too. Make sure to find 100% pure matcha. :)

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      • Skye

        Ahh! Okay, yea the packet says indeed ” Sweet matcha powder” Thats a shame! After freezing it for a few days the taste did get a bit better though. But i had to put in lots and lots of the powder to obtain a bit of matcha taste. I will look for pure matcha. I cant order via the website you sponsor here because they do not deliver to where i live!

        Lots of Love
        Skye

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  84. David

    I have been looking for a Green Tea ice cream recipe that matched one of the best I have found (a home made ice cream sold in a Chinese restaurant in my town). I was OK paying them to make the ice cream as I didn’t have to do any work and you got a decent amount. Well, the owners changed and for the same amount of money, they started giving you half the ice cream.

    I like my GT ice cream more on the bitter side (that is one reason why I was drawn to this recipe) and not too creamy with an almost gritty texture (the other reason why this recipe appealed to me). Most of the recipes out there call for you to make a custard, and that really ruins the GT ice cream experience for me.

    I did try this one first and still found that the ice cream was a bit creamy for my tastes, so I tried changing the ratio of cream/milk. Here is what I have so far (everyone in my family is happy with it although I will continue to tinker with the mix):

    1 cup heavy (whipping) cream
    2 cups whole milk
    1/4 cup half and half
    3/4 + 1 tablespoon sugar
    dash of salt
    28g of matcha powder

    I mix the matcha, sugar and salt together in the pan (this helps to reduce clumping of the matcha power)
    Add the milk to the pan and heat
    Put the cream into a bowl in an ice bath
    Once the mixture is heated (just to a simmer), pour into the bowl with the cream and stir until cool
    Cover bowl and transfer to refrigerator (ideally overnight)
    pour mixture into ice cream maker (I use the Cuisinart) and churn according to manufacture’s instructions
    Put soft ice cream into container and let freeze for a few hours before serving

    Now what does come out is what I like in GT ice cream. It is denser, grittier, and has that bitterness that I prefer in a GT ice cream. Now I would not recommend adding more matcha powder, but if you want to temper the bitterness a bit, you can cut back on the powder by a couple of grams.

    As a note, most of the recipes that I have made that call for more than 3 cups of liquid starts to overflow my ice cream maker. The reason why you can get away with the excess liquid (1/4 cup) is that most of the ice cream recipes call for 2/1 cream/milk and I just reversed it. The milk just doesn’t hold as much air, so it should stay in the bowl while churning. And since it doesn’t fluff up as much, I figured that I would like to get more bang for the buck considering going though the effort in the first place.

    Let me know if you try this and how it turns out for you!

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  85. Sin Ye

    I noticed that you didn’t use eggs in this recipe, even though you included them in your other ice cream recipes. Is there a reason for this? Will it make the ice cream less creamy without eggs?

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    • Hi Sin Ye! No eggs in this ice cream because I don’t want to make it creamy like you said. :) This matcha ice cream is exactly how I like! :)

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    • David

      There are plenty of GT ice cream recipes that have eggs in them. I guess it is more of an American palate thing. While I was born and raised in America and like all types of food, my Korean heritage definitely comes through in many of my tastes. This is (as I said in my previous post/recipe) is why I was drawn to this particular recipe. I tried making GT ice cream once by mixing matcha powder with vanilla ice cream (it was suggested by someone on the internet) and that was just plain awful. Having made my share of home made ice cream, I started to get a sense of what the ratios of cream/milk would do to the texture.

      My hats are off to Nami for getting me started on a quest for the perfect Green Tea ice cream!

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    • Hi Nawael! Thank you so much for including my link to your post! It’s very well written and I’m happy that my recipe is a part of your content. :) Good luck too! xo

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