Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Green Tea Ice Cream (made with Honey)

June 19th was my last day of work for the school year. I have the summer off to relax, hang out with Wendy, catch up on all the stuff that I have put on the back burner for so long, and be experimental in the kitchen. I have tried plenty of new recipes in just the last several days. One recipe I thought up and tried was this green tea ice cream. I love matcha green tea. I made a green tea ice cream a couple summers ago and the recipe used eggs. It was good, but I didn't want to turn on the stove top the other day when it was 98 degrees outside. I threw some green tea powder, milk, and honey into a blender and then mixed it with heavy whipping cream. After it chilled for a couple hours n the fridge, I put it into my ice cream maker and it turned into this lovely green tea ice cream. Since I have been trying to cut down on the carbs, I used honey over sugar, but then I realized that honey actually has more carbs in it per tablespoon than sugar! No big deal, I am sure that honey is still a much better option than sugar. I have been having less than a 1/4 cup of the green tea ice cream a day, hoping that it will last me several days, but I wasn't counting on Greg wanting to try the ice cream and enjoying it, too. Last time I made it he wasn't interested in it at all. Tonight he tried it and wanted a huge bowl, and he said he loved it. I might have to bury it in the freezer, or just might have to make another batch! If you like green tea lattes from Starbucks, you will probably love this ice cream. I was thinking to myself that if you don't really like matcha green tea that you probably wouldn't like this ice cream, but Greg proved that idea wrong tonight. This green tea ice cream is super refreshing and it is the perfect treat on a hot summer day. I think using honey over sugar really brings out the flavor of the green tea. If you want to use sugar, that is fine. Just use the same amount of sugar in the recipe as honey. Enjoy!

Update: I actually made it another time since I started this post. Another person who isn't a huge matcha green tea fan really enjoyed this ice cream!

Recipe for Green Tea Ice Cream (made with Honey)

1 1/4 cups of whole milk
1 1/2 Tbsp. of matcha green tea powder
1/2 cup of honey
1 1/4 cups of heavy whipping cream

Put the milk, green tea powder, and honey into a blender. Mix on high speed for 45 seconds, or until there are no chunks of green powder in the mixture. Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Add in the heavy whipping cream and stir. Cover the bowl with a lid and place in the refrigerator for 1 - 2 hours. Then pour the mixture into the bowl of an automatic ice cream maker and make ice cream according to manufacturers directions. When ice cream is ready, spoon into a container, cover with a lid, and place in freezer until ready to serve.

Optional: Top your serving of green tea ice cream with shredded coconut or grated white chocolate.

Original Recipe