A few weeks ago when I saw Garden Betty’s recipe post for Chai Tea Ice Cream I immediately saved the recipe to my desktop because I knew I was going to make it asap.
I’ve had an ice cream maker for a few years and periodically pull it out to make something ice cold and delicious.
The first recipe I made when I got it was a Double Chocolate Gelato.
With the next recipe I went all out and came up with something that was a bit farfetched but tasted so refreshing and good I couldn’t believe it.
I made this Blackberry and Lemon Basil gelato recipe. Not only did it taste good but the color was a vibrant purple from the blackberries. It is one of my favorite food photos to this day.
I like to experiment. It makes me feel like a mad scientist of the kitchen sometimes but it is so much fun and can yield some truly delicious recipes.
I think up until now my favorite ice cream experiment was my Crème Fraiche Ice Cream I made last year for National Ice Cream month.
The Crème Fraiche ice cream was so creamy and decadent I didn’t think I would ever find another frozen treat recipe that could knock it out of my #1 ice cream flavor list.
This vanilla chai tea gelato is running neck and neck with it. I haven’t had a bowl just yet. I did lick the spoon and scoop what was left in the ice cream maker barrel though. I will have to be patient and wait until tomorrow when I finally get to churn it.
I like to let my gelato base chill for a long time. The colder it is when it goes into the ice cream maker the less time it needs to churn.
I ended up leaving the custard base chilling overnight. With my schedule the day I made it I just knew it would be too late for me to photograph it by the time it was chilled enough to go into the ice cream maker. It worked out pretty good this way because it took all of ten minutes for it to churn into the frozen delight I knew it would be.
Gather and prepare your chai tea spices
This is what the chilled custard will look like after it has been chilling over night. It is very thick.
I just poured the gelato custard into the ice cream maker.