This refreshing, light cream is the second dish I have made with matcha, Japanese powdered green tea. It has become my staple throughout the Summer and since hot days are soon over in Europe, I thought it was high time I posted it. I based my recipe on the Joël Robuchon’s cream (in “Le meilleur etle plus simpledeRobuchon“), the same one I used while preparing Light Coffee and Cardamom Cream.
As an avowed – though still inexperienced – matcha desserts fan I find this cream extraordinary. It is a distant cousin of Matcha Crème Brûlée, but without the crunch and with a bit less calories. As always, matcha adds elegant bitterness and makes the cream particularly cooling. This is most of all a dessert, but it can also be served between the meals as a palate “refreshener”, recently fashionable in many restaurants.
Beware! This recipe is far from being perfect. In spite of double straining, a part of matcha powder accumulates on the bottom of the dish, creating a darker thin line. This doesn’t alter really the taste, but is quite annoying… If anyone has an idea how to avoid it, please let me know! (Strangely I have never had this problem with Matcha Crème Brûlée).
Preparation: 1 hour + at least 2 – 3 hours in the fridge
3 or 4 individual baking dishes
Ingredients (makes 4 small or 3 medium creams):
400 ml (about 14 fl oz) milk (I used skimmed)
4 egg yolks
4 tablespoons sugar (or sweetener)
2 flat tablespoons matcha + some more to sprinkle on top before serving
Pour the milk into a pan.
Slowly bring the milk to boil.
Heat the oven to 140°C.
Combine the yolks, the sugar and the matcha.
Strain the warm milk into the bowl with egg yolks and mix everything with a spoon.
Wash the pan.
Pour the cream mixture into the pan.
Heat the mixture for about 10 minutes (without boiling), constantly stirring.
Strain it and put aside.
Boil a big amount of water.
Prepare a baking dish at least as high as the individual cream dishes and big enough to contain all the creams.
Strain the cream mixture once more into the individual dishes.
Place them in the big baking dish.
Fill the big dish with boiling water so that half of the creams is covered.
Cover the creams tightly with aluminium foil and put (very carefully!) into the oven.
(This step is very important to avoid a thick “skin” forming on the top of the creams.)
Bake for about 25 minutes (the creams are ready when only the centre is slightly trembling, but the rest is set).
Let them chill and put into the fridge for several hours.
Serve very cold sprinkled with sieved matcha just before serving.