Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream

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Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry MouseThis simple, 5-ingredient earl grey tea ice cream is one of my favorites. It’s subtly sweet and bergamot-scented–and goes great with apple pie or shortbread cookies. 

It’s the perfect complement to an elegant holiday meal.  

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

How to make ice cream using tea

Making ice cream with tea is so simple, and gives you a ton of options for flavoring. 

Simply infuse the cream with the tea you want before making. (Like I said, simple, right?)

To do this, warm the cream up on the stove, toss the tea in and let it sit covered for about an hour. Strain it, and then use the flavored cream to make your ice cream.

Easy, peasy.

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

You could do this with regular black tea, jasmine tea, green tea, matcha, etc. Use your imagination! 

You can also use either loose leaf tea or tea bags. Both would work. 

For this recipe, I used loose leaf earl grey tea. 

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

A quick note on using herbal teas. Some herbs will clabber cream (i.e. make it curdle), so be sure to look up the tea you’ll use before you infuse it.

For this earl grey tea ice cream, I used regular old Twinings. By all means, use your favorite brand. 

If you want to limit caffeine, def search out some good decaf tea. There are plenty of options out there. 

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Alrighty, let’s get churning!

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream

3 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup loose earl grey tea
5 egg yolks, beaten

Makes about 1 quart

Make the earl grey tea infused cream

Mix the heavy cream, sugar, and salt together in a medium-sized pot.

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Heat uncovered until just simmering.

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Toss in the tea and steep for 1 hour, covered, off the heat.

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

As the tea infuses, the cream mixture will take on a beautiful golden color.

And your kitchen should smell amazing!

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Strain the tea out and discard it.

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Now, you’re ready to make your earl grey tea ice cream!

Use the flavored mixture to make your earl grey tea ice cream

Put the flavored cream mixture back in a medium-sized pot. (I use the same pot.)

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Put the mixture on the stove over medium high heat to warm it back up.

Next, you need to temper in the egg yolks. That’s a fancy way of saying that you need to warm the egg yolks up slowly with the hot cream mixture so that they thicken–but don’t cook solid. 

Beat your egg yolks and put them in a large, heatproof bowl.

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Give your cream mixture a stir.

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

When it just starts to simmer, ladle the hot cream into your beaten egg yolks SLOWLY.

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

You want to whisk the egg yolks as you drizzle the hot cream mixture into them, which will help disperse the heat and warm the yolks up slowly. 

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Keep ladling and whisking until you’ve added most of the hot cream to the egg yolk bowl.

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Then, pour the egg yolk/cream mixture back into your pot.  

Cook the earl grey ice cream mixture to 170 degrees

Slap your trusty candy thermometer on the inside of the pot and stick it back on the stove over medium heat.

Don’t let the thermometer touch the bottom of the pot, or you can get a false reading.

Cook, whisking CONSTANTLY (this is part of how you prevent lumps), until the mixture reaches 170 degrees.

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

When the custard reaches 170 degrees, yank it off the heat.

(Don’t let it go higher. It will start to separate quickly and will get a really strong, egg-y flavor.)

This won’t take long, keep a good eye on it.

Pour the hot custard immediately through your strainer into a large heatproof bowl.

The strainer will catch any bits of cooked egg that may have formed.

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Chill completely in the fridge, about 4-6 hours.

(If you like, you can speed this up by setting your bowl in a larger bowl with ice water, then whisking to bring the temperature down.) 

Process your earl grey tea ice cream in your ice cream maker

When your mixture is cold, process it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

When it’s done, you’ll have something that’s thick but not frozen solid.

This is just about the best soft-serve you’ll ever have, so if you’re inclined, scoop a big bowl and go to town.

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Freeze your earl grey tea ice cream

Scoop your earl grey tea ice cream out into a freezer-safe container.

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Press some plastic wrap down on the surface to keep it airtight.

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Pop it into the freezer and freeze until solid, a few hours or overnight. 

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Scoop, serve, and enjoy!

And that’s it! You just made gloriously fragrant earl grey tea ice cream! 

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Scoop, serve, and enjoy!

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream

Yields 1 quart

This simple, 5-ingredient earl grey tea ice cream is one of my favorites. It's subtly sweet and bergamot-scented--and goes great with apple pie or shortbread cookies. 

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Ingredients

3 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup loose earl grey tea
5 egg yolks, beaten

Instructions

    Make the earl grey tea infused cream
  1. Mix the heavy cream, sugar, and salt together in a medium-sized pot. Heat uncovered until just simmering.
  2. Toss in the tea and steep for 1 hour, covered, off the heat. As the tea infuses, the cream mixture will take on a beautiful golden color.
  3. Strain the tea out and discard it.
  4. Use the flavored mixture to make your earl grey tea ice cream
  5. Put the mixture back into the pot and set it on the stove over medium high heat to warm it back up.
  6. Beat your egg yolks and put them in a large, heatproof bowl. Give your cream mixture a stir.
  7. When it just starts to simmer, ladle the hot cream into your beaten egg yolks SLOWLY. You want to whisk the egg yolks as you drizzle the hot cream mixture into them, which will help disperse the heat and warm the yolks up slowly. Keep ladling and whisking until you've added most of the hot cream to the egg yolk bowl.
  8. Then, pour the egg yolk/cream mixture back into your pot.  
  9. Cook the earl grey ice cream mixture to 170 degrees.
  10. Slap your trusty candy thermometer on the inside of the pot and stick it back on the stove over medium heat. (Don’t let the thermometer touch the bottom of the pot, or you can get a false reading.)
  11. Cook, whisking CONSTANTLY (this is part of how you prevent lumps), until the mixture reaches 170 degrees.
  12. When the custard reaches 170 degrees, yank it off the heat. (Don’t let it go higher. It will start to separate quickly and will get a really strong, egg-y flavor.)
  13. This won't take long, keep a good eye on it.
  14. Pour the hot custard immediately through your strainer into a large heatproof bowl. The strainer will catch any bits of cooked egg that may have formed.
  15. Chill completely in the fridge, about 4-6 hours. (If you like, you can speed this up by setting your bowl in a larger bowl with ice water, then whisking to bring the temperature down.) 
  16. Process and freeze your earl grey tea ice cream
  17. When your mixture is cold, process it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. When it’s done, you’ll have something that’s thick but not frozen solid.
  18. Scoop your earl grey tea ice cream out into a freezer-safe container.
  19. Press some plastic wrap down on the surface to keep it airtight.
  20. Pop it into the freezer and freeze until solid, a few hours or overnight. 
  21. Scoop, serve, and enjoy!
  22. And that's it! You just made gloriously fragrant earl grey tea ice cream! 
  23. Scoop, serve, and enjoy!
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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.

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