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Japonica Ice Cream Sundaes

Serves 4

Prep Time
1 hr

Freeze Time
3 hrs

Total Time
4 hrs

For this gorgeous combination of green tea ice cream and ripe red plums poached in sweet sake, be sure to use fresh matcha (Japanese powdered green tea) and keep it tightly covered in the fridge--it oxidizes very quickly.

su-Japonica Ice Cream Sundaes

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Karen Shinto
 4 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
 2 tablespoons matcha*
 1/2 cup plus 1 1/2 tsp. sugar
 1/2 cup nigori sake*
 3 quarter-size slices fresh ginger, lightly crushed
 4 ripe red plums, pitted and cut into 1-in.-thick chunks
 1/4 cup cold whipping cream
 1 tablespoon finely chopped candied ginger
 1 cup crushed sesame candy, such as Loucks Sesame Snaps
Step 1

Stir ice cream and matcha together in a bowl. Freeze until firm, 3 to 4 hours.

Step 2

Combine 1/2 cup sugar, the sake, ginger, and 1/3 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Add plums and simmer over medium heat, covered, until fruit begins to soften, about 5 minutes.

Step 3

Transfer plums with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Discard skins and ginger. Return liquid to stove; boil until reduced to 1/2 cup, 7 to 10 minutes. Pour over plums and chill until cool, about 20 minutes.

Step 4

Whisk cream with remaining sugar in a bowl. Fold in candied ginger.

Step 5

Spoon a third of plums and sesame snaps into 4 sundae glasses. Top with a scoop of ice cream. Repeat layering and top with remaining plums. Dollop with whipped cream and sprinkle with remaining sesame snaps.

Step 6

*Find matcha at well-stocked grocery stores and at; find fruity nigori sake at liquor stores.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Serves 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 580Calories from Fat 37
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g37%

Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 79mg27%
Sodium 127mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 76g26%

Dietary Fiber 6.8g28%
Protein 10g20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.