When the weather gets cold, I love to make tea… or at least tea ice cream! That serves the same purpose, right?
It’s no secret that I love the combination of vanilla and earl grey, also known as the ‘London Fog’ flavor combo. While I tend to be a purist about my London Fog lattes and treats (see last summer’s London fog truffles), it’s not unusual to see lavender included in some variations. Guest blogger Stephanie actually made a batch of earl grey lavender tea cupcakes two summers ago (I can’t believe how long ago that seems), which she raved about, despite also being a purist with keeping her Starbucks London Fog lattes lavender-free.
Now I know what you are thinking: Charlotte, you LOVE lavender, why are you pretending that adding it to earl grey is such a big deal. Totally fair. But until this week, I loved both of those flavors on their own. Not anymore.
The rich bergamot flavor from the black tea combined with the floral flavors of the lavender make for an unforgettable combination. If you prefer your ice cream super smooth, skip the chocolate chips. If like me however you like a little texture and crunch, pile the chocolate on!
- 2 Cups heavy cream
- 1 Cup milk
- ¾ Cups sugar
- 4 Egg yolks
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 6 Bags of lavender earl grey tea
- 1 Cup chocolate chips
- Combine heavy cream and milk in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a light simmer. Meanwhile, vigorously whisk together the sugar and egg yolks. When the milk is simmering, temper about ⅓ of it into the egg and sugar. Pour egg, sugar and milk mixture back with the rest of the milk mixture and heat on low until it reaches a temperature of 160 degrees. Whisk constantly - no one wants scrambled eggs.
- Once the custard reaches 160 degrees, pour it into a new bowl. Add in the tablespoon of vanilla as well as the tea bags. Refrigerate until completely cool (8 hours or overnight). Once cool, churn according to manufacturer’s instructions. In the last few minutes, add in the chocolate chips.
- Return to freezer to harden up more or enjoy immediately.