Thursday, June 13, 2013

Matcha Ice Cream (抹茶雪糕)


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I grew up with many Japanese confectioneries and treats when I was living in Hong Kong.  After moving to the States, I’m happy to find that many of those treats that I enjoyed so much are available in the Japanese or Asian markets around me.  One of the treats that I always get whenever I visit the Asian market would be Matcha Ice Cream!  That is, before I got my ice cream machine last year.  Do I feel bad that the market lost my business?  Not really, that’s because I think my homemade version is better than the packaged ones you can get.  At least, my Hubby say so (and he’s my toughest food critic around the house)!

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Matcha (Japanese Green Tea) refers to finely milled or fine powdered green tea. The Japanese tea ceremony centers on the preparation, serving, and drinking of matcha.  Nowadays, matcha is also used to flavor foods such as mochi, soba noodles and a variety of Japanese confectionery.  It has a deep, grassy and slightly bitter taste.  It’s extremely earthy and could be an acquired taste if you haven’t tried it before.   If you like this Japanese Green Tea, then you’re going to love this dessert.    

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The ice cream base itself is creamy and slightly sweet as I don’t like dessert that is overly sweet.  With the subtle bitter flavor and strong aroma of Matcha, this Matcha Ice Cream (抹茶雪糕) is simply irresistible and got the perfect balance in both flavor and texture.  

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Ready to check out how I make the Matcha Ice Cream?  Come on into the kitchen with me.  (See pictorial below)

1) In a medium sauce pan, heat the milk, salt, sugar, and matcha powder on low heat until simmer.  Whisk until mixture is well incorporated.

2) In a heat proof bowl, whisk the egg yolks.  While whisking constantly, gradually pour the milk mixture into the yolks. Scrape the warmed yolks mixture back into the saucepan.  (note: this is the step where I wish I have 3 hands, one hand to pour the milk mixture, second hand to whisk the yolk and the third hand to capture the picture for you!  Luckily, you only need two hands to make this recipe!)

3) Continue to cook the mixture over low heat and stirring constantly with a flat bottom wooden spatula.  Cook until the custard thickens, able to coat the spatula, and reached 170 degree F. (That’s the magic temperature when salmonella bacteria in the egg yolk is killed, if any.  Woohoo… Oh, sorry folks, don’t know why I’m getting excited.)

4) Place the cream in a large mixing bowl with a strainer on top.  Strain the custard into the heavy cream.  Stir in vanilla extract and vodka, and refrigerate to chill thoroughly. Preferably overnight. (By the way, the vodka is used here to enhance the ice cream texture because alcohol lowers the freezing point.  The ice cream stays creamier and smoother as it does not freeze as solid and is less likely to form ice crystals.)

5) Churn the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Mine takes as little as 25 minutes.  You can enjoy the ice cream at this point as soft serve texture.  Or store in a freezer safe container and freeze until the texture is harder. 

6) Enjoy!

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Pretty simple, right?  Of course.  Now, I can enjoy Matcha ice cream at home whenever I craved for some, which is quite often especially in this Southern California hot weather.  I hope you enjoy today’s recipe, tips and tutorial.  Stay cool and have fun churning!

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Note: Matcha is available in most Asian markets.  If you can't find it, you can get it online here.  And click here to see the ice cream machine that I use.




Matcha Ice Cream (抹茶雪糕): (Printable Recipe)
1 cup whole milk
A pinch of salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup matcha
2 cups heavy cream
5 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon vodka

In a medium sauce pan, heat the milk, salt, sugar and matcha powder on low heat until simmer.  Whisk until mixture is well incorporated.

In a heat proof bowl, whisk the egg yolks.  While whisking constantly, gradually pour the milk mixture into the yolks. Scrape the warmed yolks mixture back into the saucepan.

Continue to cook the mixture over low heat and stirring constantly with a flat bottom wooden spatula.  Cook until the custard thickens, able to coat the spatula, and reached 170 degree F.

Place the cream in a large mixing bowl with a strainer on top.  Strain the custard into the heavy cream.  Stir in vanilla extract and vodka, and refrigerate to chill thoroughly. Preferably overnight.

Churn the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Enjoy.

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  1. Lovely recipe...
    I'm sure your ice cream is better than the ones you can buy in the market, ja, ja....
    Kisses from Spain.

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    1. Thank you. Oh, yeah. I love homemade ice cream. I can adjust the sweetness and flavor to suit our family's preference. ;)

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  2. My fav and just like I have mentioned in my latest post, besides unagi, match ice-cream is a must for me. I didn't know how to make and I think the start will be to buy the matcha. I also see vodka added in, another new discovery. I can imagine the fabulous taste of the ice-cream.

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    1. Thank you. You would love a good quality of Matcha for this ice cream, as the taste and aroma really comes through in the ice cream. The vodka is mainly for a creamier texture, you can't taste the alcohol in the ice cream at all. ;) Glad you like matcha ice cream too.

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  3. I've never had matcha, but your ice cream sure looks beautiful. Love that green!

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    1. Thank you, Sue. Oh yeah, I love that green too. Give the Matcha a try if you have a chance. Many Japanese restaurant serve that for free with you dine in. :) Wish you a wonderful rest of the week.

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  4. Hi Amy, I love everything in matcha especially this matcha ice cream! Yours version look so good :)

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    1. Thank you, Esther. Yes, I think I haven't try any Matcha thing that I don't like yet. :P Guess I'm a big fan.

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  5. I love matcha flavored sweets so this ice cream is defintiely going onto my summer agenda! Sounds so deliciously refreshing!

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. Glad to know you love Matcha too. :) Let me know how it turned out if you try. Have a beautiful rest of the week.

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  6. Is it wrong that I want this for breakfast?

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    1. LOL...not at all. I'm just glad that I'm not the only one who would crave ice cream for breakfast. :P

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  7. I had a green tea cake on a cruise last year and have been looking for matcha at my grocery store and can never find it! Maybe I'll look online...this looks delicious :)

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    1. Thank you. I got my Matcha powder from an Asian supermarket. Most of them carry matcha powder these day, especially Japanese market. But of course, online might just be easier and the price is about the same. I added a link at the end of this post. You can check out the one that I used. It's rich and flavorful. The quality is definitely wonderful for the money.

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  8. OMG...you are tempting me...that looks wonderful

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    1. Thank you, Divya. This was really good. Hope you'll give this a try. :)

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  9. We've one more in common, dear! I spent my childhood in HK too, until it was time for me to go to sch, I returned to S'pore cause my parents prefer the education here. Gosh, can never get enough of Matcha Ice-cream!

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    1. Oh how nice. I haven't visit Singapore yet but I have a couple of friends moved there and I've been hearing great things about the country. :) Can't wait to visit Singapore some day.

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  10. lovely post..I have never tasted this ice cream...but Ice cream looks so tempting...

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    1. Thank you, Gayathri. Oh, hope I can send you some to try. I really enjoy the earthy flavor from the matcha.

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  11. Matcha ice cream is -the- best! I adore Japanese desserts, and it's a shame that more of those flavors aren't found in the US. That scoop looks like it's the perfect texture, and packed full of bright green matcha goodness. I'm seriously craving it now!

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    1. I was able to find Matcha ice cream in Asian supermarkets. But really, making it at home is even better because I use better quality of matcha and the ice cream taste much better than the packaged ones.

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  12. Your ice cream looks so creamy and inviting. You have a wonderful blog, I am glad I came to visit it.

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    1. Thank you, Mari. Glad you like my blog and recipes. :) Wish you a wonderful weekend.

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  13. I love green tea so I love Matcha ice cream! Love to see that I can make it in my own kitchen! :)

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    1. Oh yeah....and the homemade version taste better too. Hope you'll give this a try.

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  14. I have never tasted this Ice cream but it looks so irresetible. Awesome clicks.

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    1. Thank you, Amrita. If you love matcha, you definitely will love this ice cream. :)

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  15. The real mccoy...I love this, Amy...I'm salivating all over my keyboard FORREAL!

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    1. :P I don't blame you. I would do the same if I don't have an actual bowl of ice cream sitting in front of me when I look at these pictures. Wish you a wonderful and delicious weekend.

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  16. I love anything with matcha in it. It's earthy bitterness is so wonderful to keep things interesting and not cloyingly sweet.

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    1. I agree, I truly enjoy the bitterness from matcha, for the same reason. :) Wish you a wonderful weekend.

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  17. Your green tea ice cream looks very creamy. It would be a great dessert to enjoy during this summer. Excited to try it. Thanks, Amy!

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    1. Thank you. Oh yeah, it's perfect for the summer's hot weather. :) Let me know how it turns out if you try. Have fun churning.

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  18. Your ice cream photos look hypnotising! I am a big fan of matcha and if I had an ice-cream machine, matcha would be the first flavour I would test! I love feeling its bitterness, so I would also add a moderate amount of sugar.

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    1. Thank you, Sissi. :) Oh...you've got to get an ice cream making. I'm sure you're going to love it. Ever since I got mine last year, I've been using it all year round. hahaha....definitely making my money worth it. :P

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  19. Matcha ice cream is my all time favourite dessert. Loves all your photo shots...beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Mel. I agree. I love match ice cream...probably on top of my favorite dessert list too. Wish you a wonderful weekend. Take care.

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  20. Oooo, how refreshing & lush!
    Lovely presentation. x

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like this refreshing treat. Have a wonderful weekend. Take care.

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  21. Your ice cream looks great. Homemade is almost always best!

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    1. Thank you, Beth. I have to agree, I love the homemade version of almost anything, especially true with ice cream. :) Wish you a wonderful weekend.

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  22. I love anything matcha and this matcha ice cream looks delicious Amy! Very creamy and refreshing! Gorgeous photos too!
    Kelly @ Life made Sweeter

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    1. Thank you so much Kelly. Oh, if you love matcha, this recipe is a must try. :) Have a wonderful weekend and happy churning.

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    2. Thank you, Kelly. Glad you love Matcha too. :) Hope you'll give this a try soon.

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  23. I've never tried matcha before but I'd love to. I've heard great things about it. I need to seek some out and try and make this. I love ice cream and green ice cream just sounds like fun to eat.Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    1. Thank you, Vicki. Oh..hope you'll get to try the matcha soon. I really love it especially with the bitterness along with the sweetness of the ice cream. :)

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  24. Loving how many ice cream recipes coming up online. I've never had a matcha ice cream that I truly love but I feel like I should try making it myself and see if it's me or something else.

    ~Jayne

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    1. I know, Jayne. It's the ice cream season. For the Matcha ice cream that you've tried, is it that you didn't like the flavor or is it that the matcha flavor is not strong enough? If you like the matcha flavor, this homemade version would definitely please you because it's much stronger than store bought ones. But if you don't like matcha at all, then that would be another case as it's really an acquire taste. :)

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  25. My husband is a huge green tea drinker so he would most definitely like this, and it just so happens I just dusted off my ice cream maker. Beautiful photos Amy.

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    1. Thank you so much, Karen. Oh, you've gotta to make this ice cream for your hubby to try then. I'm sure he'll love it. :)

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  26. This looks wonderful, Amy! My husband is a big fan of green tea ice cream. That, and red bean, are on my list because I also got an ice cream maker last year (and lived in HK)! : )
    I never ate green tea ice cream as a kid...I was always all about the chocolate but I am much more inclusive now and would love some myself. You've got me wondering if you have recipes for red bean and/or black sesame dessert soups?!

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    1. Thank you, Monica. Good to hear you've got the ice cream maker as well. Isn't it the greatest thing ever? I've been churning ice cream all year round ever since I got the machine.

      hehe....I love the red bean ice cream too...really, can't decided if I like the green tea more or the red bean more. They are equally good. As you can see, I've the Red Bean Paste recipe just published recently. So, please expect the red bean ice cream recipe to be out soon as well. ;) Stay tuned.

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  27. I have never tried matcha anything. And I think I've told you before, but your photos are fantastic!

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    1. It's okay, Katrina. Hope you'll give it a try some day. :) It's quite unique and hope you'll like it too if you have a chance to taste it.

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  28. LOVE matcha.. we havent bought the powder though.. Need to get some asap!!!

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    1. Thank you. Hope you'll give this a try. My family loves it. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  29. Definitely a keeper, Amy. The ice cream looks really creamy and delectable.

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    1. Thank you, Angie. Glad you like the ice cream. :)

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  30. Amy, you make me want to go buy an ice cream maker, but thank goodness I cannot afford it! That recipe just looks like it would be to die for!
    Bea

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    1. Hi Bea. I wish I can share this ice cream with you. Actually, I just got my ice cream maker last summer after waiting for it for so long! And I've been making ice cream all year round (to make my money worth it). And it's one of the best "investment" in the kitchen, for me. Definitely worth it. Hope you can get one in the future. :)

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  31. matcha is one of my favorite ice cream flavors! You got my cravings going, amy!

    Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

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    1. yay...glad you love Matcha ice cream too. :)

      p.s. I try to go to your site (peach kitchen) but it said page error.

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  32. hi Amy!!!
    i'm glad to discovered your blog!!! thanks for dropping by..
    you have such great recipes and this one is a great treat me!
    I never try this one... i have my ice cream maker at home so I guess its time for me to use ;)
    wish you a lovely weekend and keep in touch!!
    xoxo,Meg of Sweet Gala's

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    1. Thank you so much, Meg. Oh...you've got to try this recipe if you like Matcha. Best of all, you already got your ice cream machine! :) Stay tuned for more ice cream recipes this summer. Wish you a wonderful week.

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  33. My gosh this looks delicious!!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    xo Lisa
    Making Life's Lemons

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa. Glad you like this recipe. Wish you a wonderful week.

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  34. I like matcha ice cream but not too strongly flavoured. This looks perfect Amy! Love the colour and the photos are gorgeous as usual!

    nazneen

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    1. Thank you, Nazneen. Glad you like Matcha ice cream as well. Wish you a wonderful week. Take care.

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  35. You know that I am Matcha lover so this would be welcome any time of the day or night hehe...Great recipe Amy and I have to say my hubby is also the biggest critic, but i know he would love this ice-cream!
    Enjoy your weekend ahead!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sandra. Oh, if you love matcha, this ice cream is a must try. :) I bet you're going to love it. Have fun churning and have a wonderful week.

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  36. This looks great. Your photos and recipe sound and look delicious :)

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    1. Thank you, Ann. Glad you like my pictures and recipe. Wish you a wonderful week.

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  37. I never had macha but I am seeing a lot of macha dishes every where. I love that green shade it give and the ice cream looks lovely!

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    1. Thank you, Kankana. If you haven't try Matcha, it's okay. But do give it a try if you have a chance. you never know, you might fall in love with it after you try, right? :) Take care and have a wonderful week.

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  38. I used to buy the green tea ice-cream packet to make ice cream at home when we first got to live in Australia when there wasn't much Japanese restaurant around. You can get all sort of Japanese ice-cream this day but homemade ice-cream is always fun to have! You've just remind that I have been neglecting my ice-cream maker!

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    1. Oh...you've got to dig out the ice cream maker and give this a try. I'm sure you'll love it. I only got my ice cream maker last summer and I've been making homemade ice cream all year round. hehe....definitely making my $ worth it.

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  39. Matcha is my favourite and always love to add in my bakes. Definitely love to try your matcha recipe for sure. Look so yummy!

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    1. Thank you, Ann. Oh if you live Matcha, you've got to try this ice cream recipe out. It's just so good. :) Take care and have a wonderful week.

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  40. Yummy! I love to eat matcha ice cream and the best I have eaten is in Uji, Japan but I think yours is just as good. :)

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    1. Oh yeah, I miss food in Japan so much. Wish I can visit again soon. :) But for now, this matcha ice cream and ease my craving for a while. Have a wonderful week.

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  41. un très beau dessert une glace au matcha un vrai bonheur
    bonne soirée

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    1. je vous remercie beaucoup. :) Je suis content que tu aimes mon vert crème glacée au thé. Prenez soin et avoir une belle semaine.

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  42. Hermoso color su helado se ve muy cremoso un regalo para el paladar,saludos y abrazos.

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    1. Muchas gracias. Me alegro de que te encantará. Estoy de acuerdo, que el verde del té verde es tan hermosa. :) Tienes una semana maravillosa. Tenga cuidado.

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  43. Your Matcha ice cream looks so inviting, just what we need in this hazy, humid weather. Very tempting clicks!

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    1. Thank you, Cheah. Glad you like this too. I agree, nothing better than enjoying a good scoop of ice cream in hazy hot weather. :) Have a wonderful week.

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  44. I've had matcha ice cream, but never made my own. And I should! Easy stuff to make and the color is beyond gorgeous. Really super post - thanks.

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    1. Thank you. Glad you like my Matcha ice cream. I agree, homemade ice cream is so easy to prepare and it's such a treat. Hope you'll give this a try soon. take care.

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  45. Beautiful photos! You captured the green color perfectly. Look so delicious! Summer without ice cream is unthinkable.

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    1. Thank you, Nippon. I agree, I eat ice cream all year round....so you can imagine how things would be if I don't have ice cream in the summer! hahaha...take care and have a great week.

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  46. Sounds weird but i have no idea about matcha! But by the look of it, I am so tempted. You have beautifully captured the shots.

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    1. Thank you. If you've never tried matcha before, I do recommend to try it in tea form first. It's much milder than in this ice cream recipe. What can I say, I think I just love Matcha in anything. :P

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  47. I Agree with u that home made ice creams tastes better than store brought. Your ice cream pictures are drool worth. I love the matcha word for green tea. Loved all your clicks.

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    1. Thank you. Glad you love my pictures and recipe. :) Wish you a wonderful week. Take care.

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  48. You have talked me into it. I so need to get an icecream maker this summer. Gorgeous and creamy matcha green tea ice-cream. When I used to live in Japan I used to eat this any chance I could get. It is a real treat.

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    1. Oh...hehe...the ice cream maker is really one of the best kitchen "investment" I've made. I got it just last summer and I've be churning all year round. Definitely making my money worth it. And homemade ice cream are just so good. Hope you'll try your hand on one soon. Take care and have a wonderful week.

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  49. looks wonderful! i quite like the taste of green tea, so i wouldnt say no to this matcha ice cream!

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    1. Thank you, Lena. If you like green tea, you'll definitely enjoy this ice cream. Hope I can share some with you. :) Have a beautiful week.

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  50. How delicious! It has quite a delicate taste.

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    1. Thank you, Ladyfi. Glad you like this ice cream too. :) Have a wonderful week.

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  51. Yummy clicks!! Love matcha ice cream :)

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    1. Thank you, Kiran. Glad to meet more Matcha fans out there. ;) Have a beautiful week.

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  52. I love matcha flavored desserts, especially ice cream!

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    1. Thank you, Bianca. Glad you love matcha ice cream too. Have a wonderful week.

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  53. The only matcha powder I've tried is the kind they sprinkle on the green tea lattes at Starbucks. And I love it! This ice cream sounds so pretty and delicious!

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    1. Thank you, Ruby. Oh, if you love matcha powder, you'll love this ice cream. Hope you'll give this a try. Have a wonderful week.

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  54. Definitely marking this recipe down! I love green tea ice cream. I've got to get a hold of that matcha powder! Where can I find it besides ordering it online?

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    1. Thank you, Amy. I'm sure you'll love this ice cream. I got my Matcha powder from a local Japanese supermarket. But I've seen them in most Asian supermarkets as well. Actually, they are about the same prize as ordering online. If you can't find it in the local Asian markets, ordering online is a pretty good option as you don't have to drive around to look for it. Hope that helps.

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  55. I have heard that homemade icecream is so good, I have never had any though. Yours looks absolutely delish!

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    1. Oh...I wish I can share some with you. Yes, homemade ones are so good. As you can adjust to your own sweetness and add only your favorite ingredients (without much air). ;)

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  56. AHA! Thank you thank you, you've revealed the mystery to me. My ice cream always comes out too 'icy' I will try adding tsp of vodka. Genius!

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    1. You're most welcome, Alla. Glad my little tips help you. :) Happy churning and have a beautiful week.

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  57. What a great colour, lovely flavour too and I like your photos!

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    1. Thank you, Caroline. Glad you love the pictures and this Matcha ice cream. Have a wonderful week.

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  58. I haven't tried matcha but I do love green tea so this ice cream sounds perfect to me!

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    1. Thank you, Katerina. Hope you'll give the matcha a try. It tastes quite unique from regular green tea. :) Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  59. Looks delicious, and such a pretty color!

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    1. Thank you, Carol. Glad you like it. Have a beautiful week.

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  60. Such a marvelous ice cream flavor! I need to break out my ice cream maker and give this a shot!

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    1. Thank you, Liz. Please let me know how it turns out if you try. Oh yeah, it's time to dig out the ice cream maker and start churning. ;) Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  61. I always love the color of matcha. And this is such a good ice cream to make. Love the use of vodka to keep it creamy. Another good one, Amy!

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    1. Thank you, Abbe. Glad you like this ice cream too. Oh yeah, the vodka is amazing in ice cream, you can't taste it at all but the texture is so smooth and creamy. :)

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  62. Amy, I love everything matcha and I am quite grateful that my local tea merchant carries quite a variety of matchas and there are even classes held at the store regarding the proper preparation and handling of that exquisite product. Having said that, I adore the pictures you took of your bautifully colored matcha ice cream! It looks utterly delicious and since we are in the midst of a heatwave these days, I would really love to have a scoop or two of this fabulous ice cream right now!
    Have a lovely Wednesday!

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    1. Thank you, Andrea. Oh, lucky you. I would love to take a class to learn the proper preparation for the Matcha too. :) I think preparing and drinking tea is totally an art (especially with matcha). :)

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  63. Oh this sounds delicious on a hot day like today!

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    1. Thank you, Natalie. Oh yes it is. :) I can't wait to make another batch.

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  64. Oh wow! This recipe sounds amazing! I just had a green tea kitkat and it was delicious!

    I would try to make ice cream but I don't have an ice cream maker.

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    1. I love green tea kitkat too. But not many markets here carry them. :) Wish I can share some of this ice cream with you. Oh...I love my ice cream maker and use it every week especially in the summer!

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  65. I am so happy to find this recipe as I am a HUGE fan of green tea ice cream. I tried to find matcha powder to no avail.
    Thank you for sharing the recipe and the lovely pictures!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you love matcha ice cream too. I got my matcha powder from a Japanese supermarket. I see most Asian markets carry it too. But it might be easier to order it online. Here's a link for your reference (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0087ALJ3M/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0087ALJ3M&linkCode=as2&tag=a0464-20)

      Good news is, the price is about the same online and in store. :)

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  66. This ice cream can be so costly over here and mostly not good...yours looks "icelicious"! It must have taste so rich and creamy. You are lucky I am not living near you because I will be that disgusting neighbour who will often come and beg you for food :)

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    1. LOL...you're funny, Danny. You'll be really happy to be my neighbor then because I always share what I create in the kitchen with my neighbors. You don't need to beg for them, I knock on your door and beg you to try and give me feedback on things that I create! ;) hehe....Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend.

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  67. What an absolutely lovely recipe, Amy! I love it and I certainly love green tea :) I especially love the fact that this doesn't require an ice cream maker!

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    1. Thank you. But this recipe DOES require an ice cream maker. :) But the ice cream maker is totally a great investment. I'm just glad that I got mind last year and had been using it every week.

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  68. Beautiful color and great tutorial. I need to try making this!

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    1. Thank you. Let me know how it turn out if you try. Hope you'll love it as much as my family does.

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  69. Hi Amy, very refreshing ice cream, It hot over here...I need 2 scoops please! :)

    Best regards.

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    1. Thank you, Amelia. 2 scoops coming up!

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  70. Hi Amy,
    I am a big fan of matcha. Your matcha ice cream looks so tempting!!
    Can i join Amelia, i like to have 2 scoops too please :D
    mui

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  71. What a great tutorial! Now, I need to pick up some matcha! :)

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  72. I love ice cream and tea, so putting the two together is perfect. I have been wanting to make some but keep putting it off. Thanks for a great tutorial.

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