Triple Green Tea Affogatos start with store-bought green tea ice cream. As green tea becomes more popular, I was surprised to find this flavor being sold in my local (non-Asian) grocery store the other day.
If you can't find it, plain old vanilla or even chocolate will also work well.
Like espresso, Hojicha needs to be brewed strong when being used in an affogato. To do this, be fairly heavy-handed when measuring out the tea.
Hojicha has a lower caffeine content than other green teas do, which makes this dessert perfect for serving in the evenings or when you're trying to wind down after a long day. The exception is if you choose to finish the scoops with some sprinkles of Pyramid Sencha leaves. After this finishing touch, that standard cup of espresso can take a permanent back seat!
Triple Green Tea Affogato
green tea ice cream
Hojicha Loose Tea
Pyramid Sencha, for garnish
1. Steep the tea in a ratio of 2 Tbsp loose leaf tea to 1 cup of water for 1-2 minutes longer than suggested. Strain out the tea leaves.
2. Scoop the ice cream into the bowls or teacups. To allow your ice cream to keep its shape for a few moments longer, try waiting for the tea to cool a bit before pouring it atop the scoops. When ready to serve, pour the slightly cooled Hojicha atop the ice cream.
3. Finish with a sprinkle of Pyramid Sencha leaves and enjoy!