Kpoping Cooking; Green Tea Ice Cream

Green Tea Ice Cream is a very popular summer snack in Korea. It might not be the sweetest, but it definitely up in the ranks right next to red bean. Even though it’s beginning to grow cold, today I’ll share with you the recipe on how to make your own Green Tea Ice Cream.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 tablespoons of green tea powder. (matcha)
  • 2/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 cups of half-and-half milk

Instructions with ice cream maker:

  1. Whisk the green tea powder, sugar, and yolk together.
  2. Warm up 1 cup of your half-and-half milk, and slowly add it to the mixture while whisking vigorously.
  3. Heat the entire mixture while slowly pouring the remainder of the half-and-half over a low heat.
  4. When the mixture has become thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and is beginning to foam, turn off the heat.
  5. Let the mixture cool completely, then let it chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  6. Churn for about 20 minutes in your ice cream maker (according to manufacture instructions).
  7. Move the ice cream into an airtight container and freeze for at least 3 hours before serving.

Instructions without ice cream maker:

  1. Whisk the green tea powder, sugar, and yolk together.
  2. Warm up 1 cup of your half-and-half milk, and slowly add it to the mixture while whisking vigorously.
  3. Heat the entire mixture while slowly pouring the remainder of the half-and-half over a low heat.
  4. When the mixture has become thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and is beginning to foam, turn off the heat.
  5. Let the mixture cool completely, then let it chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

**Right here is where I add my improv. Basically this is how I make ice cream.

  1. Fill a metal bowl with water and ice. Make sure this bowl is bigger than your bowl of ice cream.
  2. Let your ice cream bowl float inside the ice cold water
  3. Let it sit for 2-3 hours or until the top of the ice cream has white (kind of like a freezing over affect, not really sure how to explain it.).
  4. I just eat it after doing this.

Just in case you’re wondering, this is what green tea powder looks like.

 

So, if it’s in a package similar to this, you’ve probably got the right thing.


Just keep swimming until next time~!

~Ducky V

Kpoping Cooking; Choco Pie

Hello! I’m back.  WOOOOOOOOT. Anyway, today I shall share with you the recipe to Choco Pie, a Korean snack that looks like this:

I think it’s basically the Korean equivalence to a moon pie. And here is how you can make it!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups graham flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ( 7.5 oz jar ) marshmallow creme ( shown below )
  • 15 oz of chocolate; semi sweet
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Instructions:

1.  Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. Combine well.

2.  Cut the butter into cubes and beat with an electric mixer until nice and fluffy.

3.  Add sugar and vanilla extract to the butter and beat until mixed finely.

4.  Add the graham flour and dark brown sugar, then beat until the mixture becomes crumbly.

5.  Add the molasses, then milk until the dough becomes stiff.

6.  Chill the dough for an hour.

7.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

8.  Roll the dough out to a good thickness ( 1/4 or less ) on a lightly dusted surface.

9.  Cut out circles with a cookie cutter ( take any leftover dough, roll it back out, and cut out more circles. ). Make sure you have an even number of circles.

10.  Cook for about 15 minutes, or until edges are slightly brown.

11.  Let cool completely.

12.  Divide your cookie circles into two groups. Pick a group. Cover one side of each of those cookies with your marshmallow creme. Then place the other group on top of those; thus creating a sandwich.

13.  Put the marshmallow cookie sandwiches in the freezer for 30 minutes.

14.  Using a double boiler ( or a metal mixing bowl over a pot of barely simmering water. ) melt the chocolate with the oil while occasionally stirring.

15.  Carefully dip each sandwich in the chocolate until completely covered.

16.  Move the freshly dipped pies to a cooling rack with parchment paper or a tray underneath to catch the drippings.

17.  After 20 minutes move the pies to a pan lined with parchment paper and let them set until the coating is firm. *This may take several hours.

18.  YOU’RE DONE! If you wish to store them, do so in an air tight container.

Kpoping Cooking: Pocky

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I’m sure you’ve heard of Pocky. If not its a Japanese snack that is very popular in Asia. Korea even has a *holiday for giving it out. So, today I will teach you how to make Pocky!

Ingredients:

1 cup of chocolate chips
1/3 cup of milk
1 egg white
1 cup of flour
1/8 cup of sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. of baking powder
1/4 cup of butter

*preheat your oven to 300 degrees F or 149 degrees C

  1. Put the flour, sugar, and baking soda into a large mixing bowl and mix them.
  2. Add your milk, egg white, and butter into the bowl and mix until well combined. Then, form a ball with the dough.
  3. Spread flour onto a flat surface, place the dough on top of it, then flatten with a rolling pin.
  4. Take a pizza cutter (or knife) and cut the dough into thin slices/strips.
  5. Since Pocky is cylinder-like, take the strips and roll them lengthwise with your hands on the flat surface until they become long cylinder sticks. Imagine playing with Play-Doh or clay to help you.
  6. Cut your long Pocky sticks down to halves or thirds depending on preference.
  7. Bake your Pocky for 25 minutes.
  8. Just before your Pocky is done baking, put your chocolate chips in a bowl and melt it in the microwave with a bit of vegetable oil for ease of application.
  9. When your Pocky is done, remove it from the oven. If your chocolate is no longer warm, reheat it. Then, while holding the bowl of melted chocolate at an angle, roll the Pocky sticks (individually) in the chocolate. If you’re having trouble, use a spatula.
  10. ENJOY~!!!

-Since I REALLY like Hershey’s Cookies N Cream chocolate, I used that on mine. That being said, don’t be afraid to use different a chocolates or add in sprinkles or nuts.

-Also, I’ve never tried it, but if you’re REALLY desperate and don’t feel like making Pocky, you might be able to use Pringles Honey Sticks as a cheat.

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-Lastly, you might wanna try out the Pocky Game. If you’re not scared.~

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*Pepero(Pocky) Day is November 11th, and is mostly celebrated by young couples and people. They celebrate by exchanging Pepero(Pocky) sticks, other candies, and romantic gifts.
-Wikipedia

Just keep swimming until next time!~

~Ducky V

Kpoping Cooking: Banana Milk

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If you’re a big Taemin fan, this recipe is perfect for you. I’m sure you’ve heard in numerous fact books, fanfics, interviews, and whatnot about Taemin’s ever-growing sugary, milky addiction. So, today I will share a quick and easy recipe on how to make your own banana milk.

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Materials:
Banana(s)
Milk (one pint for each regular sized banana)
Vanilla Extract
Sugar
Ground Cinnamon
Blender

1. First, peel your banana and cut it into nice thin slices.
2. Prepare your blender and add your banana slices along with your milk.
3. Blend until the there are no banana chunks left.
4. Remove the banana milk and serve.
5. Add sugar, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon according to your personal tastes. (If you are serving others as well, let them add the sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract to their own glasses.)

I hope you enjoy your banana milk! Tell me how yours ends up! Just keep swimming until next time~!

-Ducky V

P.S. I just wanted to show you what came up while I was looking for pictures of Taemin with banana milk.

Kpoping Cooking: Ramune Popsicles

*This recipe can be conformed to your preferences.

So you should know I’m a Ramune freak I seriously love the stuff. I also love sour candy. If you don’t know what Ramune is, it’s a Japanese soda that looks like this:

 

If you are familiar with the Sprite soda popsicle recipe, this should be nothing new.

1. Club Soda Ramune Popsicle Recipe (Keep in mind all the materials are based on how many you’re planning on making)

Materials:

2-3 Ramune: Club Soda Flavor

1-2 Large Sour Skittles Packages

2-3 Sour Patch Kids Packages

Popsicle Molds (Depending on how many you’re making)

1. First, you’re going to want to pop open your Ramune bottles and fill the popsicle molds 3/4 full.

2. Second, open your sour skittles, sour patch kids, and whatever else. Fill the popsicle molds with them until the Ramune has surfaced to the top.

3. Third, freeze the mixture for an hour or two.

4. Lastly, run the popsicle mold under hot water to loosen the popsicles, and enjoy!

 

Keep in mind that you could easily change this recipe. For example, you could use Strawberry Ramune, and fill it with only strawberry flavored Skittles and Sour Patch Kids. Or you could use jelly beans, gummy bears, or whatever you wish.

Well, that was the first entry into Kpoping Cooking! I really hope you enjoy. Just keep swimming until next time.

-Ducky V