Green Tea Chai Ice Cream


It’s official. Of all the ice creams I’ve ever made, this might very well be my favorite. I cannot count how many times I had to lick the spoon clean.

It started when my friend Rajiv handed me a ziplock bag of green tea his mother brought him from India. “It’s very strong” he warned me. I brought it home and immediately made this. I’m trying really hard to save him some, but it’ll be gone by morning at this rate.

An added bonus: After I made the mixture and strained the ingredients, I steeped them again and again in hot water for a delicious afternoon chai. Oh so good. I literally cannot get enough.

Green Tea Chai Ice Cream
1 can coconut cream
6 cloves
8-10 whole black peppercorns
10 cardamom pods, smashed
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
3-5 inch fresh ginger, chopped and bruised
pinch of ground cinnamon
pinch turmeric
1/4 cup honey + 1 Tablespoon + more to taste
1 Tablespoon strong loose leaf green tea
1 cup almond milk

Bring the coconut cream, all of the spices, and the honey to a low boil. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the green tea, cover, and let steep for about 5-8 minutes. Add the almond milk. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and reserve for later use.

Taste for the spices you like. I tend to go heavy on the cardamom and ginger and very light on cinnamon and cloves.

Chill completely before following instructions for the ice cream maker.


About Salts Kitchen

I write. I eat. And I cook. I write about what I cook and eat. I love finding new foods, being inspired to make something I've never made, and most of all I love feeding other people things that they have never tried before. I like disproving myths about food and what it means to eat well, to eat healthy, often on a budget, and for some of us- to eat with a bunch of food allergies (and still eat well!).
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