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Banana tempura with green tea ice cream

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Banana tempura with green tea ice cream
Banana tempura with green tea ice cream
Ice Cream
⅓ cup (10 g) Japanese green tea leaves
2 cups (500 ml) milk
6 egg yolks
½ cup (125 g) caster sugar
2 cups (500 ml) cream
Banana Tempura
oil, for deep-frying
1 egg
¾ cup (185 ml) iced water
⅔ cup (85 g) tempura flour
4 small bananas, split in half lengthways and cut in half crossways
caster sugar, to sprinkle
warmed honey, to serve (optional)


1. Combine the tea leaves and the milk in a saucepan and bring to simmering point over low heat. Do not rush this step-the longer the milk takes to come to a simmer, the better the flavour. Set aside for 5 minutes before straining the liquid into a bowl.

2. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl until thick and pale, then add the infused milk. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, making sure that the base of the bowl is not touching the water. Stir the custard until it is thick enough to coat the back of spoon, then remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly before adding the cream.

3. Pour the mixture into a metal fray and freeze for 1½-2 hours, or until just frozen around the edges. Transfer the mixture to a chilled bowl, beat with electric beaters until thick and creamy, then return to the metal tray. Repeat the freezing and beating twice more. Transfer to a storage container, cover the surface with baking paper and freeze overnight. Alternatively, freeze in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

4. Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or heavy-based saucepan until a cube of bread browns in 20 seconds. Mix together the egg and water in a bowl, then stir in the tempura flour. Do not whisk the batter-it must be lumpy.

5. Dip the banana quarters into the batter and deep-fry a few at a time for about 2 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with caster sugar. Serve four pieces of banana with a scoop of ice cream. Drizzle with warmed honey.

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