A cool, creamy, and exotic ice cream recipe that incorporates the sweet lychee fruit and matcha tea powder into a tropical tasting, yet surprisingly easy to make dessert.
For me, a meal doesn’t feel complete without a sweet ending to it. After a dinner that is heavy, rich, or spicy, I crave something light, cool, and sweet. This creamy matcha lychee ice cream recipe offers all of those elements and can be made with or without an ice cream machine.
I must admit that I’m an addict for a kitchen gadget. If there is something new, I gotta have it. So for me, an electric ice cream maker is a welcomed addition to my kitchen.
But if you have more restraint or just don’t want yet another small appliance on your kitchen counter, this easy recipe can also be made using things you already have in your cabinets.
Lychees are an Asian stone fruit with a soft, sweet flesh that tastes like a mashup of strawberries, pear, and grapes. The matcha green tea powder lends a grassy flavor that is surprisingly delicious paired with the sweetness of the lychees.
Creamy canned coconut milk enhances the exotic, somewhat tropical flavors, yet maintains the creamy richness that the heavy cream provides. Ice cream is all about mouthfeel, right? You want that rich, creamy sweetness on your tongue.
SUBSTITUTIONS FOR CREAMY MATCHA LYCHEE ICE CREAM
- This recipe can be made vegan by using full-fat canned coconut milk.
- For a richer flavor, use vanilla bean paste or scrape the beans from a fresh vanilla bean pod.
- Switch up the flavor a bit by substituting orange extract for the vanilla.
- Not a coconut fan? You can use 1 cup of whole milk, half & half, or heavy cream in place of the coconut milk.
This creamy matcha lychee ice cream is an easy, exotic dessert Cool, with the tropical flavors of matcha green tea and lychees.
- 1 can lychees in heavy syrup, drained (save syrup and use in a lychee martini. Try this one – delicious!)
- 1 cup full fat canned coconut milk, chilled
- 2 cups heavy cream, very cold
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Shaved or grated chocolate, as a garnish
- Drain the canned lychees. Save the lychee syrup for use in another recipe. Chop fruit into small pieces and set aside.
- In a bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, heavy cream and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved. Add in the matcha green tea powder and vanilla. Stir in the lychees. Chill this mixture for at least an hour.
- Pour chilled mixture into your ice cream maker, and process according to the ice cream maker’s directions until frozen.
- Scrape the ice cream into a freezer safe container, cover and freeze until ready to use.
- For serving, use ice cream scoop and scoop into dish. Sprinkle grated chocolate on top. Enjoy.
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Freeze
- Cuisine: Asian
Keywords: creamy matcha green tea lychee ice cream, ice cream recipes, easy desserts, Asian desserts
HOW TO MAKE CREAMY MATCHA LYCHEE ICE CREAM WITHOUT ICE CREAM MAKER
- You will need a large metal bowl, a larger bowl, and a whisk.
- Place the smaller bowl and whisk into your freezer for at least 30 minutes.
- Chill all liquid ingredients and the chopped lychee fruit until very cold.
- Nestle the smaller metal bowl down into the larger bowl that is half-filled with ice cubes.
- Stir all ingredients, except lychees, in the metal bowl until fully dissolved and the mixture is ice cold.
- Put the mixture in the freezer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, take out and whisk briskly. Return to the freezer.
- Continue to whisk and freeze until the mixture reaches the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. At this time, stir in the lychee fruit. Return to the freezer and continue to whisk every 30 minutes until frozen.
Matcha green tea is a Japanese tea that is crushed into a fine powder. Because it is eaten and not brewed, matcha has about 10 times the amount of nutrients, antioxidants, and amino acids than traditional green tea.
Buddist monks drank matcha tea before meditation ceremonies. The combination of L-theanine, an amino acid that is mood-boosting, and caffeine, enhanced their meditative state.