I’ve decided that I have too much tea, and that baking and cooking are the best way to reduce my stash in a reasonable amount of time. I’ve been successful with tea-infused english toffee, and ice cream was next up! There are tons of recipes out there, but I went with my tried and true custard-base instead. Steeped the cream/milk mixture with about 2 tablespoons of EGC for ~20 minutes, strained, and then did the whole temper the eggs, stir for forever until it thickens jazz.
The worst thing about ice cream is how darn long it takes. After making the base you have to chill it for 3 hours, then put it in the ice cream maker then freeze for 3+ hours so it firms up. I tasted the base during all the steps, but it’s really hard to tell how the final product is going to be. Well, it’s finally done, and it is AH-MA-ZING. Earl Grey ice cream is nice and all, but using an EGC boosted it to a whole other level of amazing. Combine it with a rich, creamy custard base and dear lord, I could eat it all tonight.
I realized last night that since joining Steepster a few months ago, I haven’t decupboarded a single tea. Kind of a horrifying thought, since I keep ordering more. I’m determined to cull at least a few of them, and this seems as good a place as any to start since I only had about an ounce to start with! I’ve been quite taken with cold brewed Earl Greys recently, but haven’t tried it with an EGC so into the fridge this went!
One sip and I was in love. It’s so good! I think I need to up the rating, I’ve really enjoyed this one a lot. It’s good hot, cold, and in ice cream! So sweet and creamy, the vanilla and bergamot combine to make something that tastes like a luxurious dessert. Sadly, tragedy struck and I knocked over the cup. ;~; So about half ended up on the floor, sob. My cat did seem to enjoy it, which is weird because he never tries “human drinks.” This tea is so great it even wins over kitties!
Of course with only one teaspoon of the leaves left and half of this brew on the floor, I instantly thought “I need to buy more!” But really, do I need THREE earl grey creams? Especially since I have 8oz of the Upton one and 4oz of the white, which is very voluminous. I went to their site anyway and ended up placing a teeny order… that didn’t include this tea. Somehow that counts as self-control to me, sigh.