Yuzu (柚子), a small yellow or green citrus fruit, has become popular in the United States for the past decade as a lot of chefs started to use it in their cuisines. In Japan yuzu has been around for centuries and one of my favorite yuzu flavored food is creamy Yuzu Ice Cream.
Yuzu is originally from China, but it’s mostly used in Japanese and Korean cuisines. Yuzu’s flavor is tart but has amazing aroma; therefore, it is rarely eaten as a fruit and aromatic zest and juice are only used just like how we use lemon for recipes.
I know fresh yuzu is very hard to find outside of Japan and Korea so I thought of using other yuzu products. I like to use bottled yuzu juice for my cooking, but this is also not easy to find if you don’t have a Japanese grocery store nearby. My third option was Korean Yuzu Tea (Yuja Cha, Citron Tea). You can find this product in most Korean and Asian/Japanese grocery stores. Although it is called “yuzu tea”, it’s more like yuzu marmalade. The marmalade is typically made from honey and yuzu fruit. It also includes yuzu zest so it works perfectly for yuzu ice cream!
The ice cream recipe is very easy and the custard is pretty similar to other ice cream recipes I have. The resulting ice cream has the perfect balance of sweet and refreshing citrus flavor. I hope you give it a try especially if you love yuzu!
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- 4 large egg yolks
- ¾ (156g) cup sugar
- 2 cup whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 Tbsp. Yuzu Tea (Yuzu Cha, Yujacha, Citron Tea) and more for garnish
- Pinch of salt
- In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy (it’ll take about 2-3 minutes).
- In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer (do NOT let the milk boil).
- SLOWLY add the warm milk into the egg mixture whisking constantly at the lowest speed (pour in spoonful by spoonful at the beginning). Once the mixture gets warmed up, slowly pour the rest of milk and mix all together.
- Transfer the custard back into the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a silicon spatula, until thick enough to coat the back of the spatula, about 4-5 minutes or so. NEVER let the custard boil because your custard will turn into scrambled eggs.
- Pour the heavy cream into a medium size glass bowl, set on ice over a larger bowl. Set a mesh strainer on top of the ice bathed heavy cream bowl and pour the custard into the heavy cream.
- Whisk in Yuzu Tea and salt. Stir until cool over the ice bath and chill the custard thoroughly in the refrigerator.
- Pour the custard into ice cream maker and process the mixture in the ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions (usually about 25 minutes). Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze until firm.
- Serve yuzu ice cream and garnish with yuzu tea.