Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Home Cooking - Green Tea Ice Cream and Red Bean Soup

The title is a little bit deceiving but it is still sort of correct. I simply just used supermarket bought vanilla ice cream and added green tea powder to it. It is the simplest thing to do in the world and this is what Japanese restaurants do to make their green tea ice creams :D so this is just cutting out the middle man and at a much more reasonable price for this tasty treat.

To make the green tea ice cream all you need is some vanilla ice cream preferably a creamy kind like the one pictured or Blue Ribbon and it does not have to be the best or most expensive ice cream either. The other ingredient of course is green tea powder, which you can get from Japanese supermarkets.

Allow the ice cream to rest at room temperature until it is soft so not too long, sift the green tea powder in and flex your muscles and mix away! Once all thoroughly mixed (make sure it is or some people will get a bite of pure bitter powder) put back into the freezer.

Remember not to mix for too long either as the longer the ice cream is left to melt outside the higher the probability of forming ice crystals when refrozen. The amount of green tea powder to use also depends on your personal preference as some people prefer a more subtle green tea flavour and some like it heavy and slightly bitter so just try it out and taste for yourself :)

This was the 2nd tub of ice cream so we only added the remaining green tea powder after the 1st tub hence the streaks of white in the picture.

My dear mother also made some red bean soup which I heated up and added the ice cream into! Yummmm ^^! Perfect for any weather as it has both cold and warm elements.



NQN said...

Oooh this looks so good. I love this dessert, especially in summer with cold red beans! The green tea powder mixes in really nicely and vividly too :)

FFichiban said...

NQN - Hee hee thhxx yup yup ice cream is perfect all year round I think haha