In Korea, there are many popular foods made or flavored with green tea. This green tea ice cream is one of them. You may already know that green tea is very healthy in many points. If you make ice cream at home with some green tea, it will be healthier and still taste delicious. I made this recipe especially for people who don’t have an ice cream machine like me. The mixture is frozen without using a machine. It will be icier than store bought ice cream, but I actually prefer that kind of texture for my ice cream. If you have an ice cream machine, you can use it too. I am very happy about the result, so I am excited to share this recipe with you. 🙂
Yield: 1 Quart
Short Korean Lesson
- NokCha (녹차) = Green Tea
- WuYou (우유) = Milk
- 2 tsp Green Tea Powder
- 1 Container Half and Half (473 ml)
- 4 Egg Yolks
- ½ Cup Sugar
In a bowl, add 4 egg yolks and about ¼ cup of half and half from the container (473 ml). Mix well.
In a nonstick pan, add the egg mixture and boil for about 10 minutes on low. This process just makes it safe to eat the egg, so you don’t want to cook the egg yoke too much – make sure you keep the temperature low. Occasionally stir it.
Meanwhile mix 2 tsp of green tea powder and ½ cup of sugar together.
This will help the powder to mix better in the ice cream mixture later.
After 10 minutes, turn off the heat and add the green tea mixture. Stir it well until the sugar dissolves with the heat from the pan.
Pour the green tea mixture into the rest of the half and half from the container (473 ml).
Pour the ice cream mixture into the container. It is good to use a bowl that has a wide bottom with a lid. Mine was a Pyrex storage bowl. Put it in the freezer for about 3 hours.
After 3 hours, mix the ice cream, and press it back down flat before you put it back into the freezer.
Every hour, repeat this process for at least 4 times. It will make your ice cream softer.
Depending on your green tea powder, the color and taste can be slightly different. You can buy the green tea powder from Amazon.com. I will add some links for you here. 🙂 Try this tasty homemade green tea ice cream someday. 🙂