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Yuzu Ice Cream 柚子アイスクリーム

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    Treat yourself with this sweet and refreshing homemade yuzu ice cream made with yuzu cha (marmalade). 

    Yuzu Ice Cream in cups.

    Yuzu (柚子), a small yellow or green citrus fruit, has become very popular in the United States for the past decade. Many professional chefs have started using this citrus fruit in many imaginative ways. In Japan, yuzu has been around for centuries and it is used extensively in various dishes. With a fragrance that is unmistakable, I simply adore any yuzu flavored foods and one of my favorites is creamy Yuzu Ice Cream.

    Yuzu Ice Cream in cups.

    Easy Yuzu Ice Cream You Can Make At Home

    Yuzu is originally from China, but it’s mostly used in Japanese and Korean cuisines. Yuzu’s flavor is tart but it has an amazing aroma; therefore, it is rarely eaten as a fruit. Instead we use its aromatic zest and juice 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!

    Yuzu Ice Cream in a dish.

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    Yuzu Ice Cream
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    3 hrs
    Treat yourself with this sweet and refreshing homemade yuzu ice cream made with yuzu cha (marmalade). 
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: homemade ice cream, yuzu
    Servings: 1 quart (liter)
    Author: Namiko Chen
    • 4 large egg yolks (See Notes)
    • ¾ cup sugar (¾ cup = 156g)
    • 2 cup whole milk
    • 1 cup heavy (whipping) cream
    • 4 Tbsp Yuzu Tea (or use Yuzu Cha, Yujacha, Citron Tea, use more for garnish)
    • Pinch kosher/sea salt (I use Diamond Crystal; Use half for table salt)
    1. Gather all the ingredients. 

      Yuzu Ice Cream Ingredients
    2. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy (it’ll take about 2-3 minutes).
      egg yolks and sugar in a mixing bowl
    3. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer (do NOT let the milk boil).
      Yuzu Ice Cream 2
    4. 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.
      Yuzu Ice Cream 3
    5. 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.
      Yuzu Ice Cream 4
    6. 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.
      Yuzu Ice Cream 5
    7. Whisk in Yuzu Tea and salt. Stir until cool over the ice bath and chill the custard thoroughly in the refrigerator.
      Yuzu Ice Cream 8
    8. 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.
      Yuzu Ice Cream 9
    9. Serve yuzu ice cream and garnish with yuzu tea.
    Recipe Notes

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    Equipment you will need:

    How to make this without an ice cream maker, click here.


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