Sencha and Matcha Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sencha green tea powder
- 2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder
- 2 large egg yolks

Special Equipment Needed:
- Ice cream maker
- Saucepan
- Whisk
- Fine mesh strainer

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream, sugar, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is steaming and just beginning to simmer.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour in about 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture, whisking constantly. Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon.

3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Stir in the sencha and matcha green tea powders until completely dissolved.

4. Place the bowl in an ice bath and let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

5. Once chilled, pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

6. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Temperature: Medium heat
Serving Size: 4-6

Nutritional Information: Calories: 250, Fat: 14g, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 6g

Substitutions for Ingredients Coconut milk can be used in place of the whole milk and heavy cream.

Variations: Add 1/4 cup of chopped toasted almonds or walnuts for a crunchy texture.

Tips and Tricks: Make sure to chill the mixture completely before churning in the ice cream maker.

Storage Instructions: Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Reheating Instructions: Not applicable.

Presentation Ideas: Serve in a waffle cone or in a bowl with fresh berries and a dollop of whipped cream.

Garnishes: Toasted nuts, fresh berries, whipped cream, or a drizzle of honey.

Pairings: Serve with a cup of hot green tea or a glass of sparkling sake.

Suggested Side Dishes: Fresh fruit salad or a green salad.

Troubleshooting Advice: If the ice cream is too soft, place the container in the freezer for an additional hour.

Food Safety Advice: Make sure to cook the custard mixture until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon.

Food History: Green tea has been consumed in Japan for centuries and is believed to have many health benefits.

Flavor Profiles: Sweet, creamy, and subtly earthy.

Serving Suggestions: Serve as a dessert or as a refreshing snack.

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Region: Japanese

Taste: Sweet, Creamy, Nutty, Earthy, Grassy