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Thursday
Jan052012

Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream

Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream

It's the time of year for New Year's resolutions. If you're like I am, five days into the new year and I've already tossed my resolutions to the wayside. I almost tried to follow them. I had a bad cold, my couch felt oh so lovely, and the cupboards were stuffed with leftover Christmas candy. It was too easy to pretend I hadn't made them in the first place. Excuses, as opposed to resolutions, are surprisingly easy to make.

Last year, after studiously making my resolutions, I actually followed them. I did eat healthier over the past year, choosing apple slices over potato chips and finding a way to keep my food groups more balanced. I took a photography class, but I think I taught myself more in the end. I found my place working in a bakery (and I certainly didn't stop baking). After reflections over last year's resolutions, I give myself an A+.

This year, however, not so much.

Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream

I always feel that if I don't start following my new resolutions exactly on the first day of the new year, I never will. And sadly, more often than not, this is true. Last year is the only year I've successfully managed to both follow and keep my resolutions. Perhaps it's not too late to make a set of January 5th resolutions?

This year I resolve to eat healthier. Not just swap apple slices in for potato chips, but choose healthier grains (quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat pasta) over their white, bleached counterparts. I want to eat less salt and less processed foods without losing any of the flavor. I want to want to choose the healthier option instead of begrudgingly accept it.

Also, I hope to keep some room in that new diet for dessert. No diet is complete without dessert.

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I want to learn how to cook. This resolution may sound silly to you (after all, I do run a food blog), but the truth is that I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to using the stove top instead of the oven. I can't cook meat properly (dry chicken anyone?), sauces are a foreign concept to me, and I am absolutely useless when it comes to using spices. Except for a few delicious favorites, most of what I invent in the kitchen isn't worth revisiting. If I'm going to keep my resolution to eat healthier, learning to cook comes hand in hand.

Since I do believe we are all allowed a "fun" resolution, this year I would like to learn French. Though I lived in Quebec for 6 months, I never quite picked up the language, instead reverting to English whenever possible. As a result, the French language has become a bit elusive for me. French is something I wanted to learn ever since I've moved back home, but haven't had the time until now. How else am I going to understand the French cookbooks I bought?

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To start off the new year, I thought a new and more unusual recipe would be fitting. Though green tea ice cream is popular in Japan and parts of Asia, it's uncommon in the United States. I paired my green tea ice cream with a bit of coconut to make it more familiar and topped it with toasted almonds to round out the flavors. It's different, it's exciting, and I am in love with the pure, green tea color.

Green tea powder (or matcha powder) can be tricky to find unless you know where to look. Living in the heart of the Midwest, it took me a solid year to track it down. Asian supermarkets will be your best bet and health food stores often carry it. I found my green tea powder at a local tea shop. Like always, if all these options fail, matcha powder is always available on the internet. Green tea powder is great for baking, making green tea lattes, or brewing a simple, but elegant cup of tea.

Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream

Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream is fresh, tasting vividly of green tea with just a hint of coconut. The recipe is easy to follow (simply blend all the ingredients together in a blender), but it does require an ice cream maker to give the ice cream that sought after, smooth quality. I topped my ice cream with toasted almonds and I strongly recommend you do the same. Toasted almonds and green tea complement each other in a very unexpected, but delicious way.

One Year Ago: Banana Cinnamon Muffins and Vanilla Pear Milk

Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream

Yields 1 quart

14 ounces coconut milk
1 cup heavy cream
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons matcha powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Toasted almonds, garnish

In a large blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

Freeze mixture in ice cream maker, following the manufacturer's instructions. When the ice cream has finished churning, it will be relatively soft. Store the ice cream in an airtight plastic container in the freezer. Allow to freeze for at least 2-3 hours before serving. Top with toasted almonds, if desired.

Reader Comments (13)

You know it is much easier to cook savory over sweets. If the food taste bland, you can easily fix it with a touch of herbs, a bit of salt and pour a bit of sauce. This is what I have written on my recent blog post. If you really want to commit to cook savoury dishes, a good start is to know your mother sauces and cooking techniques (braised, roasted, sauté, simmer, deglaze, etc...). Always use broth instead of water. Consider salt as a friend not a foe, it brigtens the flavour. Same reason as in baking. Just knowing the basics, you have gone a long way.

I hope you are keeping your promise of learning French, everyone you know in MTL will keep an eye on it :)

Happy New Year! I'm still proud of you of your success.
This looks amazing! I've been wanting to make matcha ice cream for a loooong time now, but I always put off buying matcha because it's so expensive. So worth it though because I bet the flavor of your ice cream is so good. And it looks beautiful!
This sounds interesting. I tried green tea ice cream once, and didn't like it. Not to mention my sister lost a tooth when taking her first bite, haha.

I too want to eat healthier, and eat less processed stuff, but I'm in love with my granola bars. Learning how to actually cook would be nice too. I've been trying to get into more dinner type foods, and surprisingly enough, I find the actual cooking magazine interesting.

Happy New Year! And good luck with your new resolutions :)
01.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecca
Beautiful! Reminds me of the Green Tea Ice Cream from the Chinese Ice Cream Factory in Chinatown, NYC
01.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTammy
I just got an ice cream maker, and this recipe looks great!
01.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
This recipe looks great! My husband and I lived in Japan for a short time and learned to love matcha, including in ice cream. They even sold matcha ice cream at Baskin Robbins, as well as in convenience stores in the form of ice cream bars. I'm looking forward to trying it again, thanks to your recipe and inspiration! (While in Japan, I also tried squid ice cream, though I wouldn't recommend it!)

Like you, I want to learn to cook better, but I haven't figured out the best way to start. So far I've just been picking random recipes and trying them. Maybe I'll come up with a more structured way of learning techniques this year.
01.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristie
Your resolutions are great! I am HORRIBLE at keeping resolutions, except I wish I could.. I also want to eat healthier and work out more, which hopefully isn't impossible while in culinary school. Green tea ice cream is great! Now I just need an ice cream machine...
My husband LOVES Green Tea Ice Cream! I must give your recipe a try :)
I drink green tea everyday, it is such a refreshing and wonderful tea, this ice cream sounds fantastic and with coconut even more delicious
01.7.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbeti
I've been wanting to make Green Tea ice cream ever since I got my ice cream maker for my birthday back in July and a copy of The Perfect Scoop. Yum. Good luck with all your resolutions - I can't believe you're not an incredible cook reading this blog but I guess baking and cooking are quite different :-)
01.7.2012 | Unregistered Commenterthelittleloaf
I have been obsessed with coconut-almond green tea for a few months now, so your post really resonates with me!
01.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLe Wolf
Congratulations on all your accomplishments!

I've been looking into buying some matcha tea powder, but honestly I had no idea where to start. Thanks for sharing the one you bought with us.

After seeing this recipe, which looks absolutely delicious, I think my new year's resolution should be to buy an ice cream maker!
01.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFresh and Foodie
beautiful photos! i definitely want to try this recipe! (once i get an ice cream maker...)
04.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynna

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