Firstly, let me address those who don’t have an ice cream maker. I feel sorry for you. Ok not really. In all seriousness, if you don’t have an ice cream maker, don’t fret. Check out my non-ice cream maker matcha ice cream recipe. It’s just as easy, I promise.

Now for the rest of you blessed with ice cream makers? You rock!!! I am so goddamn proud to be one of y’all and I owe thanks to Ms Rita for running this competition on her blog. I now totally understand when someone says that it is entirely possible to lose yourself in the mesmerising churn of an ice cream maker. I get that now. I’m in the club.


So without further adieu, meet my little Martian of a Cuisineart ice cream maker. He’s gloriously green.

And he matches my matcha! *nerd moment*

It doesn’t take a genius to work out what flavour ice cream I was going to make first. The ice cream maker comes with a bunch of recipes, but I didn’t even look. I headed straight for the kill – matcha. And maybe this is a rookie mistake, and though I love my first 1.5L batch of matcha ice cream, I wish I added more matcha powder because when it comes to matcha, bitter is definitely better.

But hey, I did add crushed tea leaves from a couple of green tea teabags just for kicks (and texture) and that works brilliantly!

So here goes: the easiest matcha ice cream recipe ever.

Matcha ice cream (using an ice cream maker)
2 cups whole milk
1 cup thickened cream
(some recipes use 2 cups cream and 1 cup milk, but I didn’t want it too thick)
**NOTE: I now think the perfect ratio is 1:1. So 1.5 cups of milk, 1.5 cups of cream**
1/2 cup castor sugar (add more or less to taste)
2-3 teaspoons matcha powder (add more or less to taste)
contents of 2 green tea teabags
  1. Pre-freeze your ice cream maker bowl for at least 24 hours.
  2. In a bowl, combine milk and sugar and beat with an electric mixer until properly combined and sugar is dissolved.
  3. Mix matcha powder with a tiny bit (about 1 tablespoon) of hot water and stir into a paste. Add to the milk mixture and mix until combined.
  4. Stir in the cream.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  6. When you’re ready to churn the ice cream, place the frozen bowl on the ice cream machine, turn on.
  7. Slowly pour in the cream mixture and let churn.
  8. Add the contents of the tea bags (crushed tea leaves) slowly.
  9. Let churn for about 15-20 minutes.
  10. Remove to a freezer container and freeze.
Makes 1.5L

29 Thoughts on “recipe | seriously, the easiest matcha ice cream recipe ever!

  1. Haha gorgeous ice cream! And I think that we would think that there was something wrong if your first ice cream weren’t matcha! 😛

  2. Omg… What is matcha !?! Im swedish, and Ive never heard about this b4… Is this some trend that hasnt arrived her yet, or maybe it just goes under another name ? :S
    Found my way to your blog cus my nickname is Cattylicious (haha) and stayed cus who can resist pics of food ! But this green stuff – I do not get haha 😛

  3. oh lovely GREEN Cuisinart Ice cream maker! I never knew they had this color as mine is red. I loves Matcha Ice Cream and yours look delicios too.

  4. Lorraine: Exactly!!

    Catty: Hello fellow Catty! Thanks so much for visiting! Matcha is basically green tea powder.. so, not like green tea in a tea bag, but super concentrated green tea powder.. usually comes in tins or resealable packs and is a deep green. It’s hugely good for you, full of antioxidants etc and I love the taste too!

    Mel: Yes, my little green buddy! I thought I wanted red as I have a red KitchenAid but opted for something different 🙂

  5. I love the styling, perfect ball of ice-cream.

  6. Hooray for blessing your martian with this lovely green matcha ice-cream! Isn’t it just great to watch the mixture churn round and round and get thicker and thicker? I gotta make some more ice-cream before “summer” is over – either chai or matcha…or both =D

  7. Green green tea ice cream to match the green ice cream maker, very cute 🙂 Nice recipe.

  8. Rita: I know, it’s so mesmerising!! 😀 Chai! I LOOOOVE chai but didn’t even think of it as a flavour! Am thinking salted caramel… lychee sorbet… sweet corn. YUM!

    Sara: Yes, all green green green. Thanks! EASY recipe!

  9. Why hello martian ice cream maker machine.. Not a surprise at all that the first ice cream flavour you made was matcha. Now time to get cracking to make more ice cream so you can open up a shop 🙂

  10. Oh this looks good catty! I remember when you posted your other recipe, I tried it and it works! but it must be easier with an ice cream maker now.

  11. Phuoc: I knowwww I better get crackin’ if i wanna open that shop eh 😉

    jenny: Yeah I guess it’s easier but also not. Takes more planning cos you gotta freeze the bowl and then make the “custard” and refrigerate that. Whereas without an ice cream maker you just go make it!

  12. Ooh I love your green ice-cream maker! My very boring plain white one is getting delivered today (our stuff from London has FINALLY cleared customs) so I will be ice-creaming it up…

    • omg it took FOREVER for ours to clear customs. They opened all our boxes to check for soil on shoes?! I’m glad you’re getting your stuff, including the white ice cream maker! 😀

  13. Admit it, you got the machine to matcha your taste for the tea right? I know you did. And of course you would make matcha as your first ice cream, i know an addict when I see (a fellow) one. You are right re the amount of matcha you know, I found exactly the same when I made it, just not enough bitterness. What, do they think we’re wusses?!

    Love the recipe, I wonder what would happen if you doubled the dose of the green crack-cocaine-heroin tea powder and replaced a cup of whole milk with a cup of condensed milk…? #BitterSweetApocalypse

  14. That looks delicious!! But where can I find matcha? Can you buy it in a supermarket? Or it has to be in a special place?

  15. By the way, I loved the ice cream maker, so pretty!!

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  17. The Grubworm: I actually picked the green to match my car haha but yes to match-a matcha is also a good excuse!! OMG if it had condensed milk in it I would die. The true meaning of bitter sweet!

    Sofia: You should be able to buy matcha in any Chinese or Japanese grocery store. There are lot of different types though so be careful – some matcha powders come pre-mixed with sugar or milk powder, because people will simply add hot water and drink. Dont buy these for baking/cooking. For baking/cooking you need just pure matcha powder which usually comes in a small tin. It’s not always cheap either, but for baking/cooking you dont need the most expensive one. The nutrients etc in matcha dissipates anyway when it’s baked or cooked. Hope that helps! If you have any questions, email me 🙂

  18. Doesn’t this match the colour of your car?
    I like this recipe – no need to cook a custard base! Bookmarked to try.

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  20. simple but amazing, pretty sure it taste good too, nice share!

  21. Andrea on May 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm said:

    Thank you for sharing this! Just made some; it is delicious and tastes spot on to the ice cream I order at my favourite Japanese restaurant.

  22. hey i just met you and this is crazy but this is wrong and heres the real one. on May 28, 2012 at 10:37 pm said:

    Hey catty and people,
    actually the seriously the easiest matcha ice cream recipe ever is just mixing normal vanila ice cream with matcha powder. This is way to complicated and it tastes much better when it is just mixed with vanila ice cream.

    Here is what you need-
    – matcha powder
    -Vanila ice cream

    How to do it
    – Put matcha powder into ice cream
    – Mix until ice cream tuns green
    – Eat and enjoy

  23. That is seriously some bright green icecream maker! hehe =) Love the recipe!

  24. Beautiful pictures! And great recipe. I will definitely try it.

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