Matcha, a finely ground powder of green tea leaves, is a signature ingredient in Japanese cuisine – and something that’s trending in the Philippines. Just look at how diners and patrons love matcha lattes and matcha-infused desserts. The powder has a bittersweet taste (seriously – it’s literally bitter and sweet) and has fast become a foodie favorite.
Diners also love matcha because its health benefits. Matcha powder is rich in anti-oxidizing polyphenols that boost the metabolism, protect against heart disease, calm you down and slow your ageing.
Matcha is typically found in tea, which is easy to add to your restaurant menu. But kick things up a notch and incorporate matcha into some desserts. If you have an ice–cream machine in your kitchen, why not try making fresh matcha ice cream. Just add 80g of high-quality matcha powder for every 1 liter of vanilla ice cream.
Here are more mouth-watering matcha-based ice-cream desserts that are perfect for summer.
The banana split is a retro dessert that spells summer anywhere in the world. For a twist, swap out the usual suspects of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate with a scoop or two of matcha ice cream. Add bananas, whipped cream, peanuts, cherries and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. Serve in a traditional boat-shaped bowl.
Expand your menu offerings with some match ice-cream milkshakes. Aim for a creamier texture by focusing on the right ice-cream-to-milk ratio, which is 3 scoops of matcha to every ¼ cup of milk. Mix well in a blender, serve with whipped cream and garnish with sprinkles, nuts and a cherry.
Rethink this traditional Filipino dessert by replacing ube ice cream with matcha. Halo-halo, which means mixed in Filipino, is typically made of crushed ice, evaporated milk, sweetened beans, flan, tapioca, coconut strips, bananas, and sweet potatoes. Chefs might also add macapuno bits and gelatin made with Carte D’Or Crystal Clear Unflavored Gulaman. Serve the ingredients all together in a bowl and let your customers do the mixing.
There are tons of ideas you can explore with Matcha ice cream. One of the examples is Tokio Sundae, which uses soft-serve ice cream. Create a solid base by adding date syrup, granola, wafer biscuits, and matcha brownie bits. Swirl in the ice cream, add white mochi, pounded glutinous rice and Azuki red bean paste. Drizzle with date syrup and serve.
Matcha ice cream is also a good match with any baked pastry, such as fresh cookies, cupcakes or cakes. Just add a scoop of matcha ice cream on top.
Working with matcha ice cream isn’t difficult, so feel free to improvise and create a lot of different desserts that become the perfect solution when trying to beat the summer heat.