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matcha white chocolate ice cream

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matcha ice cream

More ice cream; this time it’s the creamiest, softest ice cream as claimed by Heston Blumenthal, published a good many years ago in one of the weekend supplements.

Surprise, surprise, it’s eggless. Very simple in fact, if you overlook the precise temperature measurements and the length of chilling time. A mix of cream and milk plus sugar or another sweetening agent (like white chocolate in this instance) and if you have a good churning machine, a great result, I expect. 

matcha white chocolate ice cream

The fact, I suspect, is that not many of us own proper state-of-the-art Gaggia or Sage (as advertised by Mr B). We either look for no-churn or resignedly dump the clunky bucket in the freezer, forget about it and retrieve a month later. We pour our mix in presto, lest the machine warm up too much, the paddle swirls away – and gets stuck about 5 minutes later. The ice cream clings in solid stalagmites to the sides and neither brute force nor pleading can prise it off, let alone churn further and soften.

matcha white chocolate ice cream

I was making the ice cream below in two version: the original vanilla, using my last precious pod (don’t even start it with essence) and the matcha white chocolate. The vanilla went first and did precisely what’s described above. I didn’t give up – I attacked it with hand mixer, stick blender, ice pick and black magic. The first two tools managed to blitz it respectably.

The matcha went next, half-heartedly as I was sure nothing good would come out of it, considering the vanilla struggle and the not-so-frozen any more bucket. Well, well, was I in for a surprise. Smooth, creamy, churned to perfection, frozen but soft, there was no fault with this concoction.

matcha white chocolate ice cream

The trick is very simple: freeze your bucket but let it stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before you start churning. The sides will still be freezing the mix but not so abruptly; and the paddle will turn far more happily and far longer. No rush, that’s the secret. Who would have thought?

matcha white chocolate ice cream

Servings: about 2 pintsTime: 30 minutes plus chilling and churning

INGREDIENTS

  • For the matcha white chocolate ice cream:
  • 180g whole milk
  • 420g double cream
  • 100g white chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. matcha powder
  • For the vanilla ice cream:
  • 180g whole milk
  • 86g caster sugar
  • 420g double cream
  • 1 whole vanilla pod
matcha white chocolate


METHOD

In a small saucepan bring the milk and cream slowly to 90C. If you don’t have a thermometer, take it off the heat just before it boils.

matcha white chocolate ice cream

Break the white chocolate into small pieces and place it in a microwavable bowl. Microwave on low power for about 2 minutes or until it softens but does not yet melt. Stir the matcha powder into the chocolate and stir the mix into the hot milk. Strain through a sieve, cool it down and chill in the fridge as long as possible up to 24 hours.

matcha white chocolate ice cream

The vanilla version: split the pod and scrape off the seeds. Place them together with the pods in a saucepan with the milk, cream and sugar. Bring it slowly to 90C, as with the white chocolate mix and cool down completely. Strain it only after chilling to maximise vanilla steeping.

vanilla ice cream

Churn in the ice cream maker according to the appliance instructions. If the machine is struggling, take out the paddle and break the ice cream with a hand mixer with dough hooks or blender attachment.

Scrape the ice cream into a tub and freeze for at least two hours before serving. Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before scooping.

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