Homemade Ice Cream: Earl Grey
This is it! Our final homemade ice cream recipe! I hope you love tea, because the recipe we have for you today tastes just like earl grey! The recipe might seem a little work-intensive, but I promise you it is so worth it. This one was the office favourite! We tried the Earl Grey Lavender Ice Cream recipe from this blog, but because we couldn’t find any earl grey lavender tea, we just made it earl grey.
Here’s what you need:
- 2 cups of whipping cream
- 2 cups of whole milk (if you can’t quite find whole milk, just get as close as you can and it should be fine)
- ¼ cup of loose leaf earl grey tea (and a big tea ball or strainer)
- 4 egg yolks (you can separate the yolk from the white by cracking the egg and then pouring it from one shell half to the other repeatedly)
- 1/3 cup of sugar
- Optional: food colouring! Otherwise it will just look brown, like tea. We tried to use a little food colouring, but it didn’t really work for us. Oh well!
First, pour the cream and milk into a medium saucepan and bring it to a gentle simmer over medium-high heat. Remove it from the heat, put your tea into a large tea ball, and let it steep in the hot milk mixture for about 4 minutes. Remove the tea, and let the dairy cool.
While things are cooling down, whisk your egg yolks and sugar together in a large bowl. Then, very gradually, whisk in the warm cream mixture. Make sure you don’t go too fast, and that the dairy isn’t too hot, or the eggs will start to cook! We don’t want that.
Pour all of this back into your saucepan and cook it over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens.
Remove it from heat and allow it to cool down to room temperature. If you’re going to use food colouring, this is the time to do it!
Pour your mixture into an ice cream machine and follow the directions, then freeze it for a couple hours before serving! If you don’t have an ice cream machine, you can try just freezing it in a container. We used the machine and froze it overnight and that worked well for us!
There you have it! Delicious tea ice cream! I bet you could try this same recipe with any kind of tea. If you try it, let us know how it went, and what tea you used!