If you enjoy the refreshing taste of green tea, then you will love the creamy, sweet, yet sprightly taste of green tea ice cream. This delicious treat hits all the right notes and is fairly healthy, too. So, you don’t need to feel as guilty about doubling up on your scoops.
Now, if you haven’t attempted to make ice cream by yourself before, this can seem rather daunting. After all, isn’t it pretty difficult to recreate an ice cream recipe at home? Well, not at all. Sure, it does require a little bit of elbow grease, but apart from this, you should have your favourite frozen treat in no time at all.
So, if you are eager to learn how to whip up a batch of green tea ice cream, here is what you need to know:
Use Non-Dairy Milk for Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe
It should be noted that this recipe is one for non-dairy milk. This particular recipe calls for coconut milk beverage and full-fat coconut milk in place of dairy milk and dairy cream. So, why is this?
Well, one of the main reasons for this switch is because green tea doesn’t work too well with dairy milk proteins. Thus, cow’s milk reduces the health factor of dairy milk. Not to mention they aren’t the greatest match, taste-wise.
Coconut milk is the perfect alternative to dairy milk in this recipe. It is thick, creamy, and adds just the right amount of sweetness.
In case you are wondering what the difference is between coconut milk beverage and full-fat coconut, the answer is simple. Coconut milk beverage is a more diluted version that is typically added to coffee and tea. It is most likely to come boxed.
Full-fat coconut milk, on the other hand, is traditionally used for cooking. It has a higher fat content and a more distinct coconut taste. It tends to come in a can, although you may find it in a box as well.
Opt for High-Quality Green Tea
If you think that any old green tea will do for this recipe, think again. Sure, you can use a random brand, but you may not like the results. This is because the quality has a direct link to taste. Higher quality green tea yields a better taste.
Now, if you aren’t an expert in green tea, you may know what brand to select. Or, you may be concerned that you have to spend a lot of money to buy the best. There’s no need to worry, though. There are plenty of online guides that will help you pick out the top variety for a very reasonable price.
You will be very pleased that you made the effort to select such a brand. This is because you will end up with a far more sweet-tasting ice cream.
Making Ice Cream Without an Ice Cream Maker
It is only natural to wonder if you can make ice cream without an ice cream maker. This is possible. There are several different methods you can rely on. For the sake of efficiency, easy, and texture, though, this recipe will focus on the freeze-and-stir method.
This is where you place the ice cream mix in the freezer but remove it at different intervals. When you do this, you have to stir the ice cream well and then place the mixture back in the fridge. You need to continue this process several times before your ice cream is ready.
Needless to say, this process will take longer than when using an ice cream maker. However, the result will be the same.
The Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe
|Unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage||1 Cup|
|Green Tea Bag||6|
|Full-Fat Coconut Milk||1¼ cups|
Step 1: Heat the Coconut Milk Beverage
Place the coconut milk beverage in a pan and heat it over a medium flame. When it is hot and steaming, take the milk off the heat. Don’t allow it to boil.
Step 2: Steep the Green Tea
Allow all the green tea bags to steep in the milk for five minutes. Before tossing the bags away, make sure to squeeze them out into the milk. This will ensure that there is a more concentrated green tea taste.
Step 3: Add the Sugar and Coconut Milk
Add the sugar to the green tea milk mix and whisk until all the sugar is fully dissolved. Then, add the coconut milk and whisk once more. You will notice that the green tea ice cream is rather pale in colour. This is normal.
Step 4: Place the Mix Into Container
Place the mix into a durable glass container – one that can be placed in the freezer for a long time. Allow the mix to cool to room temperature then place it in the freezer.
Step 5: The Freeze-and-Mix Procedure
After 45 minutes in the freezer, take the ice cream mixture out. If it has begun to freeze around the edges, stir it thoroughly with a whisk. It is important to completely break up the frozen parts and mix it with any semi-liquid portions.
Place the ice cream mix back in the freezer and leave it there for 30 minutes. Then, take the ice cream out and break it up and mix it once more. Continue to do this at 30-minute intervals until the 2 or 3-hour mark.
When you are satisfied with the texture, you can serve the ice cream.
As you might have noticed, this recipe doesn’t contain any preservatives or stabilizers. Due to this, it is best to consume this ice cream as soon as possible. Avoid storing it for more than a few days, just to be on the safe side.
So, there you have it – a great recipe for green tea ice cream. All that’s left for you to do is to go ahead and give it a try. You are sure not to be disappointed. It may just become your new favourite flavour of ice cream as well!