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Green Tea and Buddha’s Hand Ice Cream

Try this delightful dessert, full of flavour!


  • ½ cup of milk

  • Another ½ cup of milk

  • 2 cups of cream (not thickened cream)

  • 1 egg beaten

  • ¾ cup of sugar

  • 10 tsp of green tea leaf

  • 1 Buddha’s hand – use a green one as it is more intense than one that has gone yellow


  • 1.

    Heat ½ cup of milk in a pan and when quite warm add the green tea and let it steep for a minute or two still over the heat. The tea will soak up most of the milk so pour in the other ½ cup of milk after the tea has steeped for the first minute.

  • 2.

    Pour the milk and tea through a fine sieve so that the milk goes in to another pot then gently push the tea leaves with the back of a spoon to get all the milk out of the leaves.

  • 3.

    Discard the leaves.

  • 4.

    At this point the milk will taste very bitter but don’t worry. Return milk to the heat and add in the cream, beaten egg and sugar.

  • 5.

    All the fragrance and flavour comes from the skin of the Buddha’s hand there is no flavour in the white pith. So using a vegetable peeler peel thin strips of the green skin off the Buddha’s hand – I peeled as much off the fruit as I could get at – and add this to the milk mixture.

  • 6.

    Heat the milk and stir so as to dissolve the sugar.

  • 7.

    Allow the skin to steep in the milk for at least 10 minutes.

  • 8.

    Remove pan from the heat and remove the skin peelings.

  • 9.

    Transfer the mixture to a shallow bowl and place in the freezer to chill down.

  • 10.

    Once cold enough put in your ice cream machine and churn until you arrive at the desired consistency.

  • 11.

    Depending on your machine this could take between 30 minutes to an hour.

  • 12.

    Put the ice cream in a bowl or container and leave in the freezer until you are ready to serve.


Tip: Keep in mind ice cream made like this will melt very quickly so it is often better to serve in a martini type glass with a little fruit on the top as garnish if you wish. If you leave the ice cream in the freezer for a couple of days it will become harder.

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