Screaming for Ice Cream?

At Compassion Tea, we’re always looking for ways to highlight and utilize our delicious teas in new and creative ways. It may be an inspired mixing of flavors or an inclusion of tea in a recipe. It may be a home-remedy or a DIY beauty product like our friend Kellie at Le Zoe Musings created.
When a new idea crops up, we take it to our tasting kitchen and go for it. Recently, Wendy found a recipe for an Earl Grey Gelato. It is summer after all, at least for a few more weeks, and homemade gelato is right up our alley! Of course, we had to try it.

Earl Grey and Lavender Sage Rooibos teas add a gentle flavoring to homemade gelato.

Earl Grey and Lavender Sage Rooibos teas add a gentle flavoring to homemade gelato.

The Earl Grey was deliciously refreshing, but then we got wild. We tried Blueberry Black and added a blueberry fruit swirl to that. YUM!

Blueberry Black tea gelato with a fruit swirl is blueberry happiness!

Blueberry Black tea gelato with a fruit swirl is blueberry happiness!

Lavender Sage Rooibos had a subtle flavor of lavender that always takes me back to a boating holiday in the Greek Isles several years ago. Nothing like sun-baked hills of wild sage and lavender greeting you after a day at sea. Then, true inspiration struck. What about our Caramel Rooibos? The Compassion Tea directors team was at my house over the weekend and we served Caramel Rooibos Gelato over a peach cake. If we hadn’t already gorged on salmon and salad, we probably would have all had seconds and thirds! It was fabulous! The taste of the tea really comes through… decadent and delicious! We’re pretty sure there are more flavors for us to try… like Coconut Delight perhaps! And you can make your own too. Here’s how!

1 ¾ cup whole milk
¼ cup heavy cream
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp corn starch
1 ½ to 2 tbsp of loose tea or 2 to 3 tea bags

(This recipe makes a modest 4 servings. I double the recipe for more deliciousness and because my ice cream maker can hold more. Check your ice cream maker specifications before doubling.)

Pour 1 ¼ cup whole milk and ¼ cup of cream into a saucepan. Add sugar and heat over medium heat until near boiling. Remove from heat, add tea leaves, and steep for 6 or so minutes. Strain out the tea leaves or remove tea bags. (When you use a rooibos tea, you will need to strain out the leaves several times.)

Straining the tea out of the creamy mixture

Straining the tea out of the creamy mixture

Add corn starch to remaining ½ cup of milk and whisk to combine. Pour this into saucepan, stir to combine, and return to heat. Stir over medium heat with wooden spoon to make sure it doesn’t burn. Continue until mixture is consistency of thin gravy.

Flecks of Earl Grey tea are flavoring this gelato mixture.

Flecks of Earl Grey tea are flavoring this gelato mixture.

Transfer to a bowl to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until completely cool. Pour into ice cream maker and follow directions. Dig in and enjoy!

And, if you try a tea gelato and want to share, please email your experience to Linda@compassiontea.com.
(adapted from http://www.theteaspot.com)

Homemade tea-flavored gelato is the perfect treat for the dog days of summer!

Homemade tea-flavored gelato is the perfect treat for the dog days of summer!

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