Green tea (matcha) ice cream

Apologies for the periods of silence lately, there’s just been so much on my mind and there has been a lot of new and exciting things happening in my life. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to regular blogging soon.

The weather has been scorching hot lately. I love the sunshine and the good mood it puts me in.

The hot weather brings both good and bad though. The good is that it’s now mango season! Just a few weeks ago, I still remember mangoes being something ridiculous like $5-6 each, now I’ve seen $0.99 each and they taste so good. I bought a huge box of mangoes recently so you’ll probably see some mango recipes on the blog soon.

The bad is that Yuye gets hay fever. Terrible hay fever. Especially when he has to mow the grass. The long periods of sunshine makes the grass grow too fast that we can’t keep up with the mowing.

The only thing that I can think of in this weather is to eat ice cream. I still have a few ice creams left over, but my favourite is still green tea or Japanese matcha.

I sometimes think what my life would be like without having come across matcha (Japanese green tea), just like I can’t live without sashimi (raw fish). I love drinking matcha hot, I love it in ice cream form and I love it in desserts like cakes and biscuits. If there’s a choice, matcha is probably what I would go for no matter what the food is. It’s not just me either, I know many people who are just like me.

I’ve made my own green tea ice cream before using vanilla extract, egg yolks and cream like a regular ice cream, but recently I came across Nami’s simple and fantastic matcha ice cream recipe that uses hardly any ingredients but tastes just as good. It’ll surely satisfy any green tea craving.

Matcha (green tea) ice cream
Adapted from Just One Cookbook
Makes roughly 1 litre of ice cream


• 1.5 cups heavy cream
• 1.5 cups milk (or you can use 3 cups of half and half instead of cream and milk)
• 2/3 cup sugar
• 4 tbsp natural green tea (matcha) powder
• Pinch of salt


1. Whisk together the green tea powder, sugar, cream and milk in a medium saucepan.
2. Heat the mixture until boiling, keep whisking or stirring until the mixture foams and then take it off the heat.
3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, cool to room temperature before refrigerating until completely chilled.
4. Churn in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions, this would usually take around 20 minutes to half hour.
5. Transfer to a freezer safe dish and freeze for at least 3 hours (covered) before consuming.

Note: Green tea ice cream goes very well with azuki (red bean paste) or with some almond biscuits. The amount of green tea powder and sugar can be adjusted to suit your taste, I like mine quite strong and less sweet so it may not suit everyone.

Question time: Are you a matcha lover like me? What’s your favourite matcha dessert?

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13 comments… add one
  • Peach November 15, 2012, 12:58 am

    Your photos are awesome!!! Love it!

    Answer: Nope, not a big fan of matcha, but I will eat it or drink it 🙂

  • Rosa November 15, 2012, 1:01 am

    A wonderful ice cream! I really love your pretty props.

    Matcha in desserts is fine, but it’s not my favorite flavor.



  • Yy November 15, 2012, 1:19 am

    mmmmmm looove itttt <3

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook November 15, 2012, 4:55 am

    Hi Jenny! Thank you so much for trying this recipe, and as always, your photos are amazing!! This is by far my most favorite ice cream that I make at home. So easy!! Thank you for linking back to my blog, and hope all is well with you! 🙂

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet November 15, 2012, 9:22 am

    I LOVE IT! Match ice-cream is one of my FAVOURITE ice-creams and couldn’t agree with you more that with the weather warming its the perfect time to make and have more ice-cream 🙂

    I’ve been meaning to try Nami’s recipe for such a long time, but simply haven’t had the time ~

    Hope Yuye is feeling better now! Hayfever is the worse!

  • Catherine November 15, 2012, 9:39 am

    I loveeeeeee green tea ice cream! I’m going to try make a huge batch over the xmas holidays. Give me matcha icecream over chocolate anyday!!

  • yummychunklet November 15, 2012, 2:53 pm

    I love green tea matcha ice cream! Yum!

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie November 19, 2012, 7:45 am

    Matcha ice cream is one of my favorite ways of cooling down during the summer. Yours looks perfect! I remember seeing the recipe on Nami’s site and wanting to try it. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Jenn and Seth November 20, 2012, 5:22 pm

    i love matcha! your ice cream looks wonderful!

  • Julia {The Roasted Root} November 26, 2012, 5:18 pm

    Since I was a kid, one of my favorite parts about going out for Chinese food was the green tea ice cream. Your recipe looks great and I’m looking forward to trying it! Just need to pick up matcha and I’ll be on my way to continual green tea ice cream bliss!

  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness November 27, 2012, 6:10 am

    I always like green tea ice cream, but never tried to made it at home. Your recipe looks good! I think it is about time to make some.

  • Chris February 11, 2013, 1:18 pm

    What brands of matcha are good?

    • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake February 13, 2013, 7:48 pm

      I’m not too sure myself, most of the ones I’ve used seemed fine since it’s just for cooking. If you’re using it to drink tea, then the brand would start to matter.


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