Matcha (Green Tea) 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
2 tablespoons mochi
1 teaspoon matcha

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!

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  • 6 years ago

    Oh that sound so delicious! Beautiful photography too 🙂

  • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
    6 years ago

    Thanks so much, Hannah!

  • Michele
    6 years ago

    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?

  • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
    6 years ago

    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!

  • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
    6 years ago

    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:

  • Pauline
    6 years ago

    Oh wow! this looks wonderfully delicious!

  • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
    6 years ago

    Thanks, Pauline! It was!

  • notesontea
    6 years ago

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

  • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
    6 years ago

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

  • aaa
    5 years ago

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

  • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
    5 years ago

    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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