Monday, March 24, 2014

Green Tea Ice Cream | Scoop Adventures Cookbook Giveaway

Green Tea Ice Cream


This Green Tea Ice Cream has a lovely herbal sweetness. The color and flavor come from matcha, a bright green powdered tea.

If I had to pick a favorite dessert, it would be ice cream. It also reminds me of my dad, who loved having a big bowl of ice cream. I think he probably had ice cream just about every day (at least in my memory).
Green Tea Ice Cream


When my dad talked about growing up, he would talk about his favorite ice cream parlor, Fosselman's in Alhambra, California. Amazingly, that place is still there and still run by the Fosselman family. Since 1919! Every time I see it, I give a little wave and say, "hi dad."

This is one reason why I am so excited to be a part of the Scoop Adventures Blog Tour to introduce Lindsay Clendaniel's new book Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States: Make the Real Recipes from the Greatest Ice Cream Parlors in the Country. Lindsay started her Scoop Adventures blog in 2009 to chronicle her recipes and her love of ice cream.

The book has over 80 ice cream recipes inspired by some of the best ice cream shops across the country. Some of the recipes I want to try from the book include Honey Sunflower Seed, Chunky Turtle, Toasted Marshmallow, and Apple Butter Rummy Pecan.


Green Tea Ice Cream


Recipe from Scoop Adventures by Lindsay Clendaniel. (Page Street Publishing, March 2014, Printed with permission)

Inspired by Dave’s Hawaiian Ice Cream, Oahu, Hawaii

MAKES 1 QUART (940ML)

Green tea originated in China and has been associated with many cultures throughout Asia. It was introduced to Hawaiian culture when sugar plantation workers arrived in the early 1800s, bringing many Asian-influenced flavors to the islands. Green tea is now popular all over the world, but many Hawaiians feel like it is an integral part of their culture. Dave’s Hawaiian Ice Cream shares their love of green tea through this soothing ice cream flavor.

1 ½ cups (355ml) whole milk, divided
1 tbsp (9g) cornstarch
1 ¾ cups (414ml) heavy cream, divided
2 tbsp (16g) matcha powder
⅔ cup (133g) sugar
⅛ teaspoon salt

Fill a large bowl with ice water. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons (30ml) of the milk with the cornstarch, whisk and set aside. In another bowl, add ½ cup (118ml) of the cream and matcha powder. Whisk vigorously to combine.

Combine the remaining milk with the remaining 1 ¼ cups (296ml) heavy cream and sugar in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring the milk mixture to a low boil. Cook until the sugar dissolves, 3 minutes.

Remove the milk mixture from the heat and gradually whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Return to a boil and cook over moderately high heat until the mixture is slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Gradually pour the hot milk mixture into the bowl with the cream/matcha mixture. Whisk in the salt. Set the bowl in the ice water bath to cool, 20 minutes, whisking occasionally. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight.

Once chilled, pour the ice cream base into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.

Note: Matcha is finely milled green tea. It is bright green and a very fine powder. Matcha can be found in the tea aisle of most grocery stores, or look for it at your local Asian market.

Would you like to win a copy of this amazing book? The publisher has generously provided an additional copy for one of my readers. Just comment with an answer to the question, what is the most adventurous ice cream flavor you have tried? Once you click on the Rafflecopter to confirm that you've answered the question, you will have additional opportunities to win. 

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

23 comments:

  1. The craziest, most adventuresome ice cream I've ever had was Garlic Ice Cream at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Shall we say, it's an acquired taste?!

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  2. My favorite "unusual" ice cream is ice cream I get at an Oriental Store here. It is called Creamy Halo Halo by Magnolia Ice Cream. Like a fruit salad.
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  3. What is the most adventurous ice cream flavor I have tried? I would have to say a Sambuca Coffee Frappe Ice Cream.

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  4. I haven't tried many unusual flavors. The only flavor that was unusual was bacon.. let's just say I prefer traditional flavored ice cream!

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    1. I'm with you. While I love bacon, I like it savory.

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  5. Sadly I'm not that adventurous....black sesame ice cream while staying at a ryokan in Kyoto, Japan. Japan certainly has some exotic flavors of ice cream, though, including horsemeat, octopus, shrimp, snake, wasabi...

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    1. Wow! I don't think I'm all that adventurous either. =)

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  6. I used to have green tea ice cream in japanese restaurant ages ago.. this recipe brings me some good memories :)

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  7. Probably the most adventurous one I've tried is avocado. It was not bad, but kind of bland.

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    1. There is an avocado ice cream in the book...

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  8. I have Matcha on my shopping list for the sole purpose of making a batch of this icde cream - I love that color. Beautiful, Karen! :)

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  9. this green tea ice cream looks great.

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  10. I haven't had an opportunity to be very adventurous when it comes to ice cream! The offered flavors have always been pretty normal dessert flavors. Although I did order bubble gum once. It wasn't very good. Gum balls mixed in that turned into a gloppy mess of goo when chewed.

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    1. Wait! I'm changing my answer ... It was corn ice cream! And it was AMAZING!

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    2. Oooh, that sounds really good! I've made corn cookies, so I can imagine that the flavor would work.

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  11. I love making my own ice cream! I tried taro once, which was actually good.

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  12. I love green tea ice cream! When I'm not in Japan, I like to sprinkle matcha on vanilla ice cream! So good!

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