I was recently introduced to this unparalleled ice cream flavor and it brought me back to my youth: Thai food in a strip mall on a weeknight. Which always included, without fail, overly salty garlic shrimp and an overly sugary Thai iced tea. I downed them like there were free refills until my parents realized the caffeine levels and shut that down. so here I am, older and wiser, turning this awesome drink into a still sweet (but less sweet) and still caffeinated (breakfast tea Affogato uhhhh.. yeah) treat.
Disclaimer: a quart of ice cream is like a light, weeknight dessert and lasts about 2 days in my presence. most homemade ice cream recipes are written for just 1 quart and Yes yes, I know that's for a few reasons. But. If you're going through the process of making ice cream, that's a lot of work to yield you only so many bites of glory. if you love ice cream enough to own a machine and make it from scratch, make more than a quart at a time! if you live in a small apartment, firstly i feel you, secondly, spare some inches elsewhere and get a 2 quart-er! or come over and use mine so I can eat your ice cream. peace, love & ample amounts of Ice cream.
Makes 2 quarts
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 4 cups whole milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup loose Thai tea leaves
- 4 egg yolks, whisked together
- 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1. Combine heavy cream, milk, salt and thai tea in a medium pot. Heat, stirring occasionally, until almost simmering. remove from heat and let steep for 10-15 minutes (at the most).
2. Using a fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag, strain the mixture to remove tea leaves (best to strain into another pot for the next step).
3. To make the custard, return the strained mixture to a low, gentle simmer. While whisking constantly, add the egg yolks. Then add the condensed milk and whisk until it thickens and feels homogenous, about 2-3 minutes.
4. Remove the custard from heat and let it chill completely. Once chilled, freeze according to your ice cream maker's directions.
-- Thai tea can be found at Asian grocery stores, but if you don't have one near you, I like this brand from Amazon
-- Be careful not to let the tea steep for too long, it will turn super bitter (I know because I made my friends eat bitter ice cream during my first test of this recipe)
-- If you don't have an ice cream maker, get one. They're so fun. This is mine.
-- Alright fine, if you don't want to buy an ice cream maker, you can still make this ice cream! Check out this great bon app article for ice cream making tips w/o a machine