Saturday, March 13, 2010

Matcha Ice Cream with Banana Tempura

This is my contribution to St. Patrick's Day. I figure something green would be good and I've come up with Matcha or green tea ice cream. I brought the Matcha powder all the way from Malaysia form a store that sells Japanese specialty. Boy were they expensuve but having churned my very first bath of Matcha ice cream, I knew they were worth it and you only use them sparingly. So a good 100g can last me sometime.

I don't like eating my ice cream plain. I always have to pair it with something. If you know me well enough, I hve many times raved about my love for cooked fruits. I've paired the Matcha ice cream with banana fritters. I've also used tempura flour to pair the Japanese themed ice cream. In terms of colour, presentation and taste, these are good to make and dress to kill.

Try it!

Eggless Matcha Ice Cream:

1/2 cup full cream milk
1-2 tbsp of Matcha powder, depending on how green and how string you want them to be
1/4 cup (use 1/3 cup if you're not making the banana tempura to pair with)
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
One small tub of thickened cream (I used 300ml tub)

Pour out all the cream into a chilled bowl and whip it with a chilled beater until it reaches soft, firm peak. Set it aside. Measure out 1/2 cup milk and pour it into the cream tub. Shake it well to combined the remaining cream. Pour out the milk into a tall beaker. Add in the Matcha powder, vanilla sugar and vanilla bean paste. Using an immersion blender, blend into submission until you obtain a uniform green mixture. Pour it over the cream and fold it gently to roughly combine.

Churn it in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instruction. Pour it into a container and freeze it until ready to use.

Banana Tempura:

4 medium sized bananas, peeled and split lengthwise
1 egg white
2-3 tbsp cold water
1/4 cup tempura flour
Canola oil

Beat the egg white with the water and slowly add in the tempura flour with a fork. Do not whisk it. Batter should remain thick but not lumpy. Heat up canola oil until it is hot enough. Dip the banana halves into the batter, one at each time, draining it well and fry until golden brown. Repeat until finish.


Good honey
Icing sugar

Squeeze honey on a serving plate decoratively. Arrange 2 warm banana halves on the honey. Top it off with a large scoop of Matcha ice cream. Dust liberally with sifted icing sugar and serve immediately.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you. I'm getting way more busy and I might not update so often anymore but do check back once in a while, I might surprise you with a thing or two.

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  1. Hi Quinn, welcome back! So glad to see your new post. I love anything with green tea and this is one of my all time favorite.

  2. Hi Anncoo, thanks for dropping by! I love green tea ice cream too and mine taste so much better compared to those sold outside because I was generous with the Matcha powder and it was a good quality one!

  3. Matcha ice cream!! I fell head over heels in love with it when I first had a taste of it ... And, it was my first home-made matcha ice cream, too!! Hmm ... Gotta make some again ... Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Pei-Lin: Me too..... Love them. Cannot stop using them ever since I bought them. Drink them, macarons, ice cream. Tiramisu and Matcha Mochi soon hopefully!

  5. Hi there! Your Ice Cream looks pretty good. I made a similar ice cream for St. Patty's day too! Great minds think a like!

    I like reading other Ice Cream blogs it so cool that I'm not the only Ice Cream Making fanatic out there!

  6. Mmm, I love green tea in all forms, ice cream being an absolute favourite. This looks completely scrumptious!

  7. quinn, so awesome! matcha green tea powder is sooo expensive but so worth it, it really takes baking and ice cream to the next level with its deep flavour.

    great to discover another ice cream blogger out there! thanks for sharing!! :)

    visit me at

    lyndsay :)

  8. hi dear, left an award for you for this super blog of yours :)

  9. triplescoopdesserts: There's no need to be fanatic, many people do adore ice cream, we are normal, the rest who hates ice cream are weirdos.

    thecoffeesnob: I love green tea in all forms too but I personally like it better in ice cream rather than cakes. The flalvour come across stronger :)

    lyndsay: You have an awesome blog! As I've said, we are ice cream lovers and we are normal!!!!

    petite nyonya: Picked! Thanks!

  10. Ice cream with an the ice cream maker isn't difficult to make and the can provide you and your family with hours of the fun. Making your own at home, particularly if you the experiment with flavors, will impress your the family and friends. It makes a perfect addition to the any barbeque or dinner the party.

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  11. wow, i was going to have an ice cream tempura, but ill have a banana tempura now, with ice cream!!! Nice one )))