So, this being my first “proper” post for the year, I had wanted to come up with something really clever, something witty, something that would make y’all wanna read my blog five times a day for the rest of this nice long year.

But I didn’t come up with anything.

I poked around in my head and it seems that whilst cleaning out the nether regions of this thing they call my “brain”, whilst trying toΒ catalogue my achievements in 2009, I also accidentally cleaned out the Creative Department, an archive of the randomness that occasionally makes its way through my head, managed by a miniature gerbil called Ted.

So Ted has been accidentally made redundant, and I have nothing clever to say, dagnamit, so while I hire a replacement, let’s just talk about green tea ice cream.

To say that I have a mild obsession with all things green tea is a slight understatement. I love it, I adore it, I want to marry it and I am certain that at some stage, on my deathbed, I will be witnessed clinging lifelessly to a last gasping taste of green tea cupcake/ice cream/frappacino in shameless abandonment because (a) there is little dignity in death and (b) umm… yeh.

Given that green tea and ice cream, separately, are two of my most favourite epicurean indulgences, the fact that they somehow met, fell in love and went forth to produce an offspring called green tea ice cream really made my life that much better to live.

And even better still, because yes, there is something better than green tea ice cream, I. KNOW. HOW. TO. MAKE. GREEN. TEA. ICE. CREAM.

Like, seriously.

So it may not be the most “proper” recipe, I don’t use an ice cream maker and heck it only has 4 easy steps but still, I MADE GREEN TEA ICE CREAM.

And it worked.

I think I have to marry myself.

pps.Β the terms matcha and green tea are commonly used in reference to each other. I prefer saying “green tea”, but you can say “matcha” ~ in essence matcha is a type of finely powdered green tea. Same same.

green tea (matcha) ice cream
300mL pure fresh cream
100mL condensed milk
20 grams matcha powder (or as much or as little as you would like)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  1. Whisk the fresh cream with an electric mixer while slowly incorporating the matcha powder.
  2. Continue whisking until soft peaks form.
  3. Stir in the condensed milk and vanilla essence with a spoon.
  4. Freeze in a container for 12 hours.

Note: it was suggested to me after I made this that another option is to boil the cream with the matcha powder, let cool and then whisk until soft peaks form.

Makes 1 litre.

41 Thoughts on “green tea ice cream: I think I have to marry me.

  1. I’m loving your simple recipe… must try it.

    If you marry yourself will you have to say “I do” once or twice?

  2. Love your post and your green tea ice cream. Well, I have the same problem as you and sometimes it’s just a pain in the neck that I have nothing interesting or creative to say to put on my blog, even after days of racking my brains inside n out.

  3. I love the colour of this ice cream. Not heard of Matcha, where can I get it from?

  4. Okay I need to make this.

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  6. Kavey: LOL I hadn’t thought much about that? I’m sure I can manage saying it twice what with my schizophrenic head and all that πŸ™‚

    The Cooking Ninja: New year and uninspired ~ tis not a good way to be, let’s hope you/we/I snap out of it soon!

    Sarah: Most Asian (Chinese or Japanese) grocers should sell matcha powder.. just ask them.

    Su-yin: yes you should! It’s so easy! πŸ˜‰

  7. I love the fact that right next to your blog about green tea ice cream there is a cartoon of an overweight chick with the line “1 Tip of a flat belly”…
    (Lucky for you that you have the genes that you do and seem to be able to eat with impunity Cat…)

  8. I can’t believe you called the gerbil in your head Ted:

    Is he purple too?

  9. I always order green tea icecream when I see it on a menu – I don’t have an icecream maker so this could be the perfect recipe – now all I need is an electric mixer – sadly appliance lite in the Gourmet Chick kitchen!

  10. This looks really good!! I have made kulfi (indian style ice-cream) and condensed milk was one of the ingredients too! Easy peasy. Your ice-cream is Delicious Looking!! Feel like having some now manz.

  11. David: LOL those google ads are sometimes hilarious πŸ™‚ as for my genes, I don’t know.. I know I’m lucky to an extent but the softness of the midsection is really starting to show. I’m OLD afterall!

    tehbus: OMG that is hilarious! I didn’t even know that existed.. sadly my Ted is not purple, he’s white with caramel patches. Very ordinary.

    Gourmet Chick: me too! Anywhere they sell ’em, I’ll have ’em. My mixer was only Β£5 from Argos, surely you can justify that expenditure if you make your own ice cream from now on πŸ˜‰

    chelley: anything with condensed milk is a winner πŸ˜‰

  12. Great recipe, and so simple! My gf is in total love with matcha, so this is a must try.

    Sarah, we just got some matcha from They even have a special page about the benefits of it.

    I love a teaspoon of it just whisked with one of those aero latte milk frothing gadgets in half a glass of cold milk.

    Teapigs even sell a kit with that frother in it:

    Happy New Year everyone!

    // Manne

  13. That color is insane… wonderful recipe!

  14. I’ll marry you too!

  15. Manne: oh she’ll love this. The beauty of making it at home yourself is being able to put as much matcha as you like! As you can see from mine.. I used a lot πŸ˜‰

    deana: Isn’t it? and that’s all natural!

    Melody Fury: Hell, why not πŸ˜‰

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  17. this is so simple. ha and it is summer here! I can gorge!

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  19. penny: You can totally gorge, honey. It’s winter here and I ate a litre in under a week… and this is with exercised restraint!

  20. What bright green icecream! I’ve made green tea icecream before, but used a variety of teabags, which took forever to release any flavour & didn’t really colour the icecream at all… where can you get this green tea powder from?

  21. foodrambler: Isn’t the colour amazing! And this is all from matcha powder. The flavour is also fantastic – do you live in London? If so you can pick them up from Chinese or Japanese grocers, but if you look at Manne’s comment above, looks like he orders matcha powder from a website πŸ™‚

  22. lol … so, when is the ceremony, I guess it will be a green tea ice cream wedding cake for you and yourself πŸ˜€

  23. Kang: green tea chiffon wedding cake, served with green tea ice cream and heck, a cup of green tea too, why not? πŸ˜‰ Wanna come?

  24. matcha ice cream! yum yum! my fav flavour, apart from goma and pistachio πŸ™‚ i have a packet of easy make matcha ice cream from home – this is to save me from bad matcha cravings but i love this. the colour’s great. πŸ™‚ i’ll hafta marry you too catty xx

  25. LOL i think you married me in another post about something else.. was it the frosting? We can be married twice. NICE. x

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  27. Green tea gives you a nice quantity of vitality, not a burst, but you feel leveled all day as your drinkig it. No hgigh then missing point. But establish sure you get actual green tea imported, never buy it at a store from a major trademark. Your green tea should be in a bag with japanese mark on it so you cannot learn it. Then you know you got the strong stuff. Some explores show that, drinking green tea extract and weight loss on a regular basis may help preclude tooth decay by killing the bacterias which causes the alveolar memorial tablet.

  28. Catty, this looks delicious! A great recipe, and so simple! Me and my wife love the Matsukaze Matcha from Lahloo Tea, so this is a must try.

    Their fabulous matcha is wonderful first thing to lift your spirits and energy. We love it whisked up with cold milk, especially after our running sessions. It’s so good for you!

    Lahloo also sell a gorgeous hand-crafted tea bowl and whisk, which I treated my wife to for Christmas and she loves it!

    If you haven’t tried matcha before, you really should!

    • Guess what? Lahloo Tea just contacted me and I’ll also be trying some of their matcha πŸ™‚ I currently use Teapigs but am open to trying all kinds of matcha.

  29. Catty, this looks unbelievably gorgeous. I love making my own ice cream – homemade ice cream has totally spoilt me now for ever being able to buy most ice creams ever again. The colour of this is so insane I am desparate to try it. I’m on the hunt now for some of that matcha powder. Love your blog BTW – I found you on a visit to Sasa and will visit regularly.

    • Thank you! I love making my own ice cream too.. have been making a lot of matcha (obviously), cookies & cream and also choc mint! You can get matcha powder from your local Chinese/Japanese grocer or try online at <- they ship international too πŸ™‚

  30. Alexandra on May 11, 2010 at 8:16 pm said:

    Guys I made it and it’s divine! I just added 170 grams of condensed milk instead of 100! It’s absolutely mouth watering! I think the whole thing lies on the matcha tea powder! The quantity was less than expected so try to double the amount of the ingredients! Again, it’s really special!

  31. Hi Catty,

    I live in Australia and I’m wondering what ‘pure fresh cream’ you are referring to. Could you please get back to me on what type of cream is appropriate. Most probably they may call it differently here. Thanks. Your ice cream looks the most amazing after all the recipes I’ve browsed through!


  32. Thank you so much for this recipe. I love how you have included condensed milk in this recipe and that this is egg-less. Thank you so much! I will update on how this creation turns out!

  33. Mmmmm this looks lush! πŸ™‚ Will it be okay to just add some matcha powder into some regular vanilla ice cream? Or better to make it from scratch? I’m staying away from dairy and soya ice cream at the moment, and looking to get into buying Booja booja – which only has water, agave nectar, cashews and then either cocoa if it’s chocolate, or vanilla, or coconut, or pecan, or ginger. Mmmm πŸ™‚ Yummy healthy ice cream. Looking to buy it from Wholefoods supermarket. It is also available from online goodness direct but only if you buy a minimum of 6 freezing items, as there is a cost for the freezing package. Have you tried Booja Booja ice cream yet?

  34. This looks AMAZING! I can not wait to give it a try. I am attempting to convert your recipe to ounces and the conversion is a bit off. Do you think it would be problematic if I rounded up a bit? Thanks!

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  37. foodie on January 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm said:

    i know it was a while ago, but do you remember how much green tea powder you used?

    • As per the recipe, I guess I used about 20 grams – not sure how many teaspoons that is, you might have to measure it. I think it’s actually quite a lot, because I like it really bitter! πŸ™‚

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