Ice cream season!
Summer has started and the heat is on! We all probably have air conditioning and fans strategically installed and placed at our offices, however there is one more way to cool down, a tastier way; the ice cream way!
This amazing frozen food product is probably one of the most popular sweets in the world – if not the most. It comes in different flavours, colours and with different contents. We all have our favourite one and we probably think, we know everything about it, but do we? Have you ever guessed where its roots came from?
It all started in 5th century BC, when Hippocrates used to prescribe the special medicine – snow mixed with honey and fruit – to his patients, “As it livens the life-juices and increases the well-being.” A little bit later in 4th century BC, a mixture of rose water and vermicelli flavoured with saffron and fruits was very popular amongst royalty in Persia and the Chinese experimented with a frozen mixture of rice and milk around 200 BC. Fruit sorbets were extremely popular in the 16th century in India, France and Italy. At the beginning it was only the rich and privileged who could afford to taste this melting miracle. However, by the nineteenth century – thank you Carl von Linde, inventor of the deep freezer – it became popular, inexpensive and accessible also for ordinary people and from there it has spread and travelled around the whole world.
So what does attract us to ice cream so much? Sweet? Cold? Melting texture? We all love to combine it with desserts, but sometimes it can be absolutely perfect on its own. During my trip to South Korea last year I tasted the most extraordinary one and I must say I absolutely loved it! Matcha ice cream (which is basically green tea ice cream) totally got me with its subtle bitterness and light sweetness with the full flavour of green tea.
I even tried it at home from a very simple recipe and results were just perfect! I would like to share this adventurous version of ice cream with you all – please DO try it at home. All you need is:
- 240 ml whole milk
- 240 ml whipping cream
- 20 g matcha powder
- 100 g caster sugar
- a pinch of salt
- Whisk together milk, whipping cream, sugar and a pinch of salt.
- Start cooking the mixture on a medium heat, add matcha powder and cook until mixture starts to foam and is very hot, but not boiling.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl sitting in an ice bath.
- When the mixture is cold, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 2-3 hours.
Try it and we’re sure that you won’t regret it! Trust us, we’re a professional London caterer, who offers office catering and office deliveries for any events, office meetings, breakfasts and working lunches.