Green Tea Ice Cream

Total Time:
32 min
15 min
2 min
15 min

1 generous quart

  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup loose green tea
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream

In a large bowl beat the egg yolks with the sugar and salt. Set aside.

In a heavy saucepan, scald the milk. Remove from the heat. Add the tea, cover and steep for 4 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a clean pot, pressing with a rubber spatula to extract as much liquid as possible. Add heavy cream and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Ladle 1/3 of the cream mixture into the eggs and whisk well to combine. Add all the egg mixture to the pot and cook over low heat, stirring, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.

Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a clean container and cool in the refrigerator, about 2 hours.

Pour into an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a plastic container and keep in the freezer until ready to serve.

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    I'm have a neutral opinion on green tea ice cream in general, but this is very good if you like green tea ice cream. It's very rich and creamy! My culinary students used matcha powder instead (green tea powder), 1 Tablespoon added in to the hot milk and whisked. We also added a 1/2 tsp. of fresh ginger for an added kick! I'm thinking a garnish of white chocolate curls might be good. Of course it smells really creepy and looks questionable when you're cooking it, but if you like green tea flavored desserts, this is great.
    It had a really awful texture and my family wouldn't go near it. We all love green tea but they deemed it "like vomit," I'm not sure what made it awful. Threw it all out.
    First recipe I tried with my new ice cream maker. Good choice, wonderful flavor and amazingly smooth. I cheated a bit. I had green tea in tea bags, after cutting one open, decided just to throw the bags in to steep with the milk. Worked fine, the taste was great.
    making this ice cream was the best thing i could have done yesterday! i am going to try it with earl grey tea as well. it was so rich--just like gelato. every step was worth it!
    It taste JUST LIKE they serve in the resturants. We love it!
    This is the best ice cream recipe! It taste just like the real thing. Nice Balance!
    This is delicious. It taste exactly the way it should. Well worth the work. I found the green tea powder at a specialty food store.
    This is a really easy recipe which makes the best green tea ice cream! Highly recommended even to the beginner!
    This was the first time I've used an ice cream maker. It did take some time to prepare the milk/tea combo and squeeze out all the tea, and I did use premium (read: expensive) green tea imported from Japan and organic cream and milk. This quart of ice cream probably cost $15 to make! It's so delicious though. I've had green tea ice cream at Japanese restaurants quite a few times and this is better tasting and that is saying a lot because theirs is always really good. This has to be about 2 million calories and grams of fat, so I'm going to have to ration it!
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