It’s very rare that I post a recipe I don’t love, but this is one of those times.  However, in this case it is only a matter of personal preference and the fact that I don’t like tea.  If you like green tea, you will love this ice cream.  I made this at Ben’s request because he is nuts about green tea ice cream.  He often orders it when we visit our favorite ice cream joint in our hometown (Jiffy Treet – woot!) and he has been asking me to try it ever since I started making my own ice cream.  Unfortunately matcha is not an everyday ingredient and I was unable to find it in any stores in our area.  Eventually I decided to just order some online.  (Indy peeps – do you know where to buy matcha locally?)  So, after a few years of asking and asking, Ben finally got the ice cream he was hoping for.  According to him this version puts the other to shame.  He tells me the tea flavor is much stronger and the texture is creamier.  I couldn’t eat more than a bite or two of this ice cream, but I think that worked out just perfect for Ben because he had this batch of ice cream all to himself.

Thanks to everyone who entered the ice cream related giveaways last week.  You people are pretty excited about ice cream, and I love you for it!  Without further ado…
The Crate and Barrel ice cream bowls and spoons go to:
Jodi who said, “My family wants me to try mint chocolate chip next. This peach recipe sounds good to me. Just recently I made your strawberry ice cream and it was a big hit. I’d like to be eligible for all three prizes.”
Carol who said, “Coconut chip would be the first flavor I try! Eligible for all three.”

The Perfect Scoop goes to:
Katie who said, “I’m excited about peach season, so peach! I already have an ice cream maker and have plenty of bowls, but I would love a copy of “Perfect Scoop”.
Dana who said, “I LOVE Peanut Butter and Chocolate ANYTHING, so I might take a crack at that. Butter Pecan is my husbands first choice on ice cream, so I might put my wants aside and try the pecan first. I really don’t know! I’d really love to win any of the prizes! It’s really hard to choose! Thanks for all the great recipes Annie! It is the best part of my morning trying to guess what you might post and when i can fit it into my week to make it. I really enjoy the blog!”

And the grand prize, an ice cream maker, goes to:
Ann who said, “I LOVE ICE CREAM! But I have never made in at home because I don’t have an ice cream maker! (Hint, hint.) I think that the first flavor I would make if I had a maker would have to be vanilla. I know that sounds boring, but I’m a really basic girl- and you can’t beat the taste of pure vanilla! I would love to be in the drawing for all three gifts since I am an ice cream novice.”

Stay tuned next Friday for the last recipe in honor of National Ice Cream Month.  We’re going out with a bang!


1 cup whole milk
¾ cup sugar
Pinch of salt
2 cups heavy cream
4 tsp. matcha (green tea powder)
6 large egg yolks


  • 01

    Combine the milk, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan.  Heat over medium heat until warmed through.  Meanwhile pour the heavy cream into a large bowl and whisk in the matcha.  Set a fine mesh sieve over the bowl.

  • 02

    In a separate medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth.  Whisking constantly, slowly pour the warmed milk mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks.  Return the entire mixture to the saucepan and continue to cook, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom of the pan, until the mixture thickens slightly (it will register 170-175˚ F on an instant read thermometer).   Immediately remove from the heat and pour the mixture through the mesh strainer into the bowl with the cream mixture.  Whisk the mixture vigorously to dissolve the green tea powder.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator.

  • 03

    Once the mixture is thoroughly chilled, transfer it to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


  • Cannot wait to try this!

  • Lovely ice cream. I have tried it only in a tasted so good.

  • At least you won’t be tempted to overindulge when you make this ice cream. :)

    I like tea, but I have to say, I’ve never wished I could have tea-flavored ice cream!

  • Oh I am and Indy person and forgot to answer! Teavana and also Tea Cozy:) I buy blueberry matcha there which I plan on making this with.

  • Our pallets agree here. My kids love green tea frappuchinos from Starbucks but the green tea absolutly stays in my mouth. Its almost bitter to me. I do try to drink green tea a lot because I have a few auto-immune diseases, but all I can work up to is an ice-tea blend. There aren’t many things I don’t like besides that and red bell pepper but I’ve never developed a taste for it…

  • Heather S.

    Yum! I’m super excited to give this a try (if I can find matcha locally)!

  • The idea of green tea ice cream does not appeal to me. But when I threw my own birthday party at a Chinese restaurant a few years ago, we had red bean ice cream. Loved it.

  • Oh we are obsessed with green tea and I will definitely have to try this ice cream! Thanks for posting this!

  • When I went to Japan, I’m pretty sure I had green tea ice cream every single day. I loved it, but had completely forgotten about it. I’m actually not a huge fan of green tea, but I really love the ice cream. Now I really want to make this! Such a pretty picture, too!

  • Sounds refreshing! Love green tea.

  • Alice

    I am the same way! I cannot stand tea (which doesn’t always go over well in Texas at parties, etc.) and my husband loves, loves green tea and most iced teas. I think I’ll take one for the team and make this for him this weekend – think of all the brownie points we’re getting!

  • love love love green tea, and this ice cream looks amazing!

  • Mary R

    It’s been a couple years since I moved from Indy to Oregon, but Asia Mart on 86th used to carry at least some matcha that I deemed cooking-grade worthy (alas, not so much for the drinking). The Whole Foods supermarkets out here carry matcha…maybe so in Indy, too?

  • Sarah

    If you guys have a Jamba Juice near you, tell your husband to try their green tea smoothie. It’s amazing for us green tea lovers (and slightly healthier than ice cream). I don’t have one by me unfortunately, but every time I go visit my mom I make sure to stop by Jamba for a green tea smoothie!

  • Annie

    See, I called both stores thinking for sure they would but neither one carried it. Oh well, now I’ ve got some!

  • Annie – I think you can get matcha at most Asian groceries in town (I saw it at Sakura Mart a while ago, but that’s not really in your area!). But, sounds like online is just as easy! I’ve always wanted to try making something with matcha but I wasn’t sure what — this ice cream looks like a good place to start!

    Hope all is well :)

  • Sophia

    Earl Grey ice cream (with or without plums or prunes) is also very nice.

  • I also love green tea ice cream, but I don’t have an ice cream maker! I also buy matcha at whole foods; it’s a great flavoring for macarons or mochi.

  • I wish I could get matcha! I LOVE green tea ice cream! It’s incredible tempura! YUM

  • I don’t live in Indy but I would think that a tea house or shop would carry it. I went to one recently in my area and was amazed at the extensive amount of tea products and tea leaves that they carried. I have never had green tea ice cream but it sounds refreshing, so I think I’ll have to give it a try (and thanks for sharing the recipe even though you are not a huge fan!).

  • Michael and I are in the same boat. He loves green tea and I don’t even really like the smell! He would definitely love for me to make this for him. The things we’ll do for love, right?

  • Jen

    I think Trader Joe’s generally has matcha powder. I’ve bought it there in the past.

  • I love ordering this in sushi restaurants! So yummy!

  • nicole

    Annie- try an Asian market for matcha…I would they would have it. I too love green tea
    and am always looking for it anyplace I can get it.

  • I’ve had a small container on my pantry shelf so long I can’t remember when I got it! My daughters and I love green tea ice cream, but I just never got around to making it. You’ve given me the push I needed–that and the 90-degree weather we’ve been having!

  • Andrea

    I believe they *might* sell it at our local Barnes & Noble, in the cafe. I love the green tea frappuccinos, so I’m guessing I would dig this ice cream too!

  • I’ve been curious about this recipe in David’s book, and actually have it turned open in my cookbook stand on my counter top because the color of it is so pretty. Yours is even more beautiful! I’ll probably try it someday, but there are others that top my to-make list over this. :) I bet Ben was excited to have it all to himself!

  • Annie

    Thanks Nikki! The color was super ugly when the custard was first made and I was thinking it was going to be non-bloggable but it deepened into a pretty green in the freezer. Whew!

  • I have matcha in my pantry right now, and my husband and I LOVE green tea ice cream. I’m definitely going to have to try this!

  • S

    This looks great! I love green tea and since I live in Japan, matcha should be easy to find. Let me know if you want me to send you some!

  • Claire

    You are so talented! Your pictures just keep getting more beautiful with all of the different accents (whether it be dishes, backgrounds, etc.) you incorporate. Your pictures just feel natural! There are so many food blogs out there that are just competitive brag fests (in my opinion), and your blog truly comes from the heart! Thank you for sharing with so many of us. :)

  • Annie

    Claire, thank you so much for your kind words. Unfortunately I agree about the competitive nature of much of the blogging world, but I just try to do my own thing and do the best I can. I’m glad you are enjoying it :)

  • Congrats to the winners!
    I’ve never even been tempted to make green tea ice cream! But so many people seem to love it. This looks like a nice recipe, but after your comments, I think I’ll pass and make black cherry! :)

  • Peggy

    Annie, I know you have found your matcha, but that got me thinking. Have you ever been to Jungle Jim’s Food Market in Cincinnati? I know it is a few hours from you, but it would be worth it. It was actually written up in the Smithsonian magazine. If not, I will email you more info about it. I always go there when I am in Cincinnati. Andrew would love it also!

  • That looks amazing. I received a copy of The Perfect Scoop for my birthday and have been on an ice cream bender ever since. This one is definetely one my list!

  • Tea does not strike me as a flavor I would think of using for ice cream, although I do adore coffee ice cream. I am very curious how this would taste! looks like pastachio, tastes like tea. Interesting.

  • I love green tea ice cream and I was so happy to see this recipe show up in my Google reader. I’ve made it before with tea bags (I didn’t have time to order matcha powder).

    Surprised to hear you don’t enjoy it, but as long as your hubby liked it I’m sure it’s worth the effort!

    My favorite brand at the stores is Haagen Daz for green tea ice cream.

  • Shannon Hauck

    I just made your peach ice cream and I have a question for you. Does your ice cream ever leave a waxy film on your spoon or in your mouth? I have the Kithcenaid ice cream attachment also, and I have tried many different recipes, and each time I seem to have this problem. I read that it might be that I churn it too long but I did the peach ice cream in only 10 minutes. I don’t know what else could be going on!

  • Annie

    That doesn’t normally happen to me, but I did notice it very slightly with the peach ice cream. I actually think it is due to the peaches…but if it’s happening to you with other flavors, I’m not sure what the cause might be. Hmm.

  • Another Annie

    I know comments have been disabled on the Peach Ice Cream post because of the giveaways, but I just wanted to say that I made it today and it is the first homemade ice cream that I have truly enjoyed better than store bought flavors! I have had my machine for about 8 months, and look forward to trying your similar Strawberry Ice Cream recipe next, with high expectations.

  • I didn’t like green tea ice cream when I was younger, but for the past couple years, my taste buds have changed (puberty…?) I’ve tried making green tea ice cream before and I loved it!

  • megan

    Three cheers for Jiffy Treet- I had many fond memories there! I hate tea, but perhaps the creaminess would convert me.

  • I loves greedn tea! combain in ice cream sounds delicious & healthy! Tq for sharing :)

  • Another Annie

    I almost always have this problem… but not with the peach ice cream! I assumed the film had something to do with the custard bases I was attempting, which would explain why I had no trouble with the peach ice cream (no custard). Interesting to see that others are noticing this, and maybe it isn’t a custard issue…

  • I love green tea ice cream and making it is on my list. I bought matcha at the big Asian grocery near me– the only problem was picking out which kind of matcha– hmm, culinary grade, ceremonial grade– there were close to a dozen kinds. If I didn’t live in a place with Asian groceries, I’d probably do like you and order it online.

  • Beth

    Annie – I love this ice cream recipe. I made it yesterday & it was the first recipe I made w/my new ice cream maker. Nobody else liked it though, because they aren’t green tea fans! Thank you for posting this recipe even though you weren’t a fan of it yourself! :0)

  • Lisa

    best ever green tea ice cream. thanks!

  • Yii-Huei Phang

    I made this the other day, and the results turned out amazing! Very creamy, and with a good flavour of green tea.

  • Em

    I dont have heavy whipping cream. What can I replace it with?

  • annieseats

    You will need the heavy cream. It can be purchased at any grocery store. Enjoy!

  • julina

    What else can the green tea be used for??
    I have it but can’t think of any ways to use it