The magazine says, "These little creams are easy to make...and very scrumptious. I've used matcha green tea powder, which is finely ground and has the most gorgeous emerald-green color.
Belinda Jeffery, Delicious Magazine, Volume 7 / Issue 4
600 ml (about 20 ounces) pure (thin) cream
2 tsp matcha (green tea powder)
180 g (6.35 ounces) caster sugar
pared zest of 1 lime
5 gold-strength gelatine leaves
1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
thick cream and shaved dark chocolate to serve
Place 2 Tbsp pure cream in a small bowl and whisk in the green powder until smooth. Pour into a large saucepan, then whisk in the sugar, lime zest and remaining cream until well combined. Gently warm over low heat, stirring for 3-5 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Gently heat the cream for a further 2-3 minutes, without stirring, until it is just below boiling point.
Meanwhile, soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for 5 minutes to soften. Squeeze to remove excess water, then add the leaves to the hot cream mixture and stir for a further minute until gelatine has dissolved.
Remove from the heat and gently whisk in the milk and vanilla. Strain through a fine sieve into a jug, then divide among 6 small glasses or ceramic dishes (delicate Asian tea cups look lovely).
Transfer to the fridge and leave the creams to set for at least 3 hours. To serve, dollop each cup with thick cream and garnish with shaved chocolate.
Notes/Results: Creamy and very tasty, these were a perfect dessert. I wasn't exactly sure how best to convert sheet gelatin to powdered, but I found some sheets in the gourmet section of a local store so I didn't have to. I used heavy cream for the topping, and unable to find thin or light cream, I just used some heavy cream (2/3), mixed with half & half (1/3) and it seemed to work just fine. I served these in my Japanese tea cups and rather than topping them with shaved dark chocolate, I used some little variegated curls I had on hand. These were really delicious--especially if you love green tea as much as I do. I will make these again.
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