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Matcha Affogato

Instead of the traditional shot of hot espresso being poured over vanilla ice cream, I created this recipe using Asian flavors with matcha, red bean paste and mochi. I cool down the matcha a bit so it's warm—not hot—before pouring on top of the gelato to prevent ice chips from forming.

Makes 2 cups 

2 scoops vanilla gelato or ice cream
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons red bean paste (like this one)
2 tablespoons mochi
1 teaspoon matcha (like this one

1. Boil water and remove from heat. Whisk or stir in matcha. Let cool.
2. Scoop gelato into two cups. Top each with 1 tablespoon of red bean paste and mochi.
3. Serve matcha on the side and pour some into each cup. Enjoy! 

Love matcha? Check out these other recipes: Matcha Hot Chocolate, Matcha Popsicles, Mini Matcha Madeleines, Matcha Truffles

Reader Comments (11)

Oh that sound so delicious! Beautiful photography too :)

02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

Thanks so much, Hannah!

What a splendid idea. I live the espresso kind, now I'll have to try this. You have given me enough recipes that need matcha, which I love, that now I have an excuse to get some more matcha AND finally buy a matcha "whisk". :) any one you'd recommend in particular?

02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

Thanks, Michele! I wish I had a matcha whisk recommendation for you, but I've never used one so I'm not the best person to ask. I'll look into it and get back to you though!

Michele, it seems the best thing to do is to spend the money on high quality matcha and spend less on the tools, especially when you're starting out. Here's a good starter kit:

Oh wow! this looks wonderfully delicious!

02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

Thanks, Pauline! It was!

You're on a matcha roll! I heart affogato so can't wait to try this version.

02.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenternotesontea

Hi notesontea, I am on a matcha roll! The combination in this affogato is fantastic. I already went through two pints of vanilla gelato.

Hi, do you have any recipes on how to make the mochi? Are they bought from the supermarket? Thanks!

01.29.2014 | Unregistered Commenteraaa

Hi aaa, I got the mochi on Amazon (see link in post) since I wasn't able to find it at a Japanese market near me. Sorry, I don't have a recipe for it.

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