Matcha and Adzuki Bean Ice Lollies
With the recent hot weather and our love for Japanese food, Sam and I decided to create Matcha and Adzuki Bean Ice Lollies as they reminded us of our travels to Japan. I guess you could call this our little slice of Japan at home in England.
We decided to create an ice lolly with matcha and adzuki beans as this a very popular flavour combination in Japan. Not being able to find anything similar back home here in the UK, we were desperate to make our own so here is the recipe for our matcha and adzuki bean ice lollies!
Makes 12 lollies
1 cup adzuki beans
condensed milk – 1/2 cup for aduki beans, one tablespoon for matcha
6 cups of cold water
300ml hot water
8 heaped teaspoons matcha powder
150g white chocolate
- Soak the adzuki beans in water overnight~
- Drain the adzuki beans, then put the beans and 6 cups of cold water into a pan. Bring the adzuki beans to boil and simmer for one and a half hours. Do a taste test to make sure the adzuki beans melt in your mouth, this is how you tell they are done.
- Stir the condensed milk into the adzuki bean mixture and let it cool.
- Pour the adzuki bean mixture into your ice lolly moulds until they are half filled and pop in the freezer until they are frozen. This normally takes around 3 hours.
- Once the adzuki bean layer has completely frozen, it’s time to make the matcha layer. Combine the matcha powder with 300ml hot water in a bowl and stir until well mixed. Add one tablespoon of condensed milk and stir well. Let it cool. You can speed up the cooling process by putting the bowl of matcha mixture into an ice water bath.
- Take the ice lolly moulds with the frozen adzuki bean layer out the freezer and pour the matcha mixture in the remaining part of the moulds. Again, this layer will take about 3 hours to completely freeze.
- Once both layers have frozen, it’s time to melt the white chocolate. Break the white chocolate into squares and put in a microwavable bowl. Microwave the chocolate at 30 second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted. Once melted, put the molten chocolate in a piping bag. Take your ice lollies out of the moulds and pipe the chocolate across the ice lollies. If you don’t have a piping bag, you can use a sandwich bag and cut one of the bottom corners to pipe the chocolate through.
- Enjoy your amazing creations!