Aug 042010

When it comes to ice cream making, i gotta wave the white flag.

I truly cannot make it even though i’ve an ice cream maker!

1 time, 2 times, 3 times… FAIL completely but i didn’t give up. Then i went on to try Fro-Yo for the first time and holy molly, it was awesome and totally successful! From there, i kinda suspected why all the ice cream i churned previously failed. Fast forward and there i was, onto fro-yo making attempt II –> again, failed!! I almost couldn’t believe it. I so wanted to scream out loud i tell ya..

So very frustrating, especially when i thought i got it!

I even called off an ice cream birthday party with the girlfriends simply because there is absolutely no way i could churn out the nice real stufff… I sorta believe i was doomed for life, in ice cream making that is.

Until one day last week, i tried again.

This time, i decided to refrigerate the ice cream mixture overnight before churning it the next morning… based on my previous (failed) experiences.

Imagine my delight when i saw the ice-cream-like-texture after 15 minutes!

I was literally jumping with joy!! :D

When the sister’s friends decided to come visit at the very last minute and unshamedly (yes, they are very thick skinned but i like!) asked for food, i was faced with baker’s block. I had no idea what to bake at 10pm at night! It was stressful alright.

Then i remembered my green tea ice cream. GREAT!!

However, i don’t wanna serve it the usual way. I wanted something more special. I want it sandwiched in between 2 very fudgy chocolate cookies but to my dismay, i don’t have anymore Dutch cocoa powder to bake up a storm!

Alas, i had no choice but to buy double chocolate Chipsmore cookies from the nearest grocery store early next morning. That was when i realized sandwiching ice cream is really not the most-fun task in this tropical weather of ours, especially when you want it to look downright pretty and gorgeous.

Of course, photographing the end result was even worst than i’d imagined and i did just that at my balcony at 10am when the sun was shining right in. The sandwiches were already perspiring before i could even click!

Green Tea Ice Cream
from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

1 cup whole milk
150g sugar (i’d cut this down to 130g)
pinch of salt
2 cups heavy cream
4 tsp matcha (i actually replaced this with 10tbsp green tea leaves!)
6 large egg yolks

Warm milk, sugar, and salt in mediumowder. Set mesh strainer on top. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks together and slowly pour in the warmed milk mixture, whisking constantly. Pour the contents back into the pan and stir over medium heat with a heatproof spatula.

Continue to stir until mixture thickens and coats the spatula. Remove from heat and pour the custard through the strThis time, i decided to refrigerate the ice cream mixture overainer, stirring it into the cream. Whisk vigorously to dissolve the green tea powder. Stir until cool over an ice bath. Chill mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  15 Responses to “Green tea ice cream sandwiched! – David Lebovitz”

  1. I think I’m in love with your gorgeous icecreams! Well done!

  2. LOL! Yes, my dear, you have to put custard mixture in the fridge overnight then can churn! cannot be impatient and churn right away.. :D But i think your ice-cream sandwich looks great imo! Our hot tropical weather is no good for any cold food or pastry or cakes la.. only good for!

  3. Wow congrats! Your ice cream looks delish! I was wondering what the green tea bits were and found out you actually out in leaves instead of powder. It’s really interesting, how’s the taste like? :)

  4. Good on you! The sandwiches look so pretty :) And yes, this weather is horrid for photographing anything cold!

  5. Good for you for persevering. Against all odds, you created beautiful ice cream sandwiches that you definitely should be proud of.

  6. john + ovenhaven + carolyn : thank you! you are all too kind and generous with compliments despite the truth! Hahaha!

    faithy : i never knew! last time i actually churned them even without refrigerating!

    allie : the taste… hmm.. exactly like green tea ice cream using green tea powder but just a tad milder. don’t try it unless u like having lotsa tiny bits in your ice cream! i used almost 10tbsp of the leaves!

  7. Wow you really persevered to get a delicious and pretty treat. I’m expected to bring treats everywhere I go, too. But I guess it’s my own fault for always doing it to set up that expectation. Glad you kept trying because these look so tasty.

  8. xiaolu : i know exactly how u feel! Can be very stressful sometimes :(

  9. My friend just got me a set of ice-cream sandwich molds and immediately thought of you…and this post of yours. I’ll have to try it out and let you know if it comes out pretty or not ok? If come out pretty, then you can oogle over that molds and then buy..LOL!

  10. Amazing! Love the ice-cream and the photos look stunning!

  11. Oh dear… Singapore heat and humidity really isn’t good for photographing ice-cream, is it! Nevertheless, your photos look really awesome! Somehow the slight drippiness at the sides of the ice-cream sandwiches just makes me wanna reach out and lick it!

  12. Just saw this post! I am one of the (if not the only one) sister’s friend that asked for food! And I got this! YAY :) Gobbled it as soon as I finish the breakfast (pancakes!!) at their place.

    Thick-skin or not, guess, what, I’m gonna ask for MORE!! *drools*
    LOL. I might be heading down to Singapore again for training in Sept… Sept 15 – 17! Mark it down. HAhahahhaha. Who knows, I might extend my stay for the weekends again.

    Harap-harap I’m allowed in the house! heheh

  13. faithy : awww… thank you! yes please, update me! i love ice cream, sandwiched!

    anh : thanks! :)

    honey : *smile* u’re too nice! yes, Singapore’s weather is absolutely terrible for photographing ice cream!

    mayz : ahem! hahahahaaa.. heard fromm shino, u’re welcome anytime! i rather thick-skinned + honest ppl than orang yang pura-pura lor! hahahahaha ;)

  14. I love matcha. I love almost anything with green tea in it. Lovely ice cream sandwich.

  15. Mei Teng : same! i cannot resist green tea-anything ;)

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