Tea and ice cream collide in this Vanilla Chai Ice Cream! With hints of vanilla, black tea, cardamom, black pepper and cinnamon in a cool and creamy ice cream. The hardest decision is scoop? Or cone?Decisions, decisions.
This summer I made my first-ever egg yolk based ice cream and it was delicious. Usually I go the easy way and make eggless ice cream, because honestly it’s easier. But since my taste buds have now experience the indulgence that is “real” ice cream I’m not sure I can go back. Sure it’s a little more time consuming and there are a few more dishes to wash but what else is new? My love for the texture, smooth and richness of an yolk based ice cream surpasses all of the extra work it may take. It even scoops better. I mean…
Just look at it.
The flavor of the day today is this Vanilla Chai Ice Cream. I’ve been on a chai kick for the last few years and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. Remember last year when I made Chai Pumpkin Pie and then right before Christmas I made this Masala Chai Tea both using my Homemade Chai Spice? Since then, I wrote down a few more recipe ideas showing my love for chai. Now I can check off Vanilla Chai Ice Cream off of the list.
I love tea. Not more than coffee but I love a good cup of tea when I’m not feeling well or with my daughter Haileigh. I have a cupboard shelf dedicated to all different kinds of tea. My favorite chai tea is this one by Tazo. I haven’t tried them all, so if you know of a good chai tea feel free to leave me a comment below the post. I’m always on the hunt.
For this ice cream, You’ll need 2 cups each half & half and heavy whipping cream, 6 chai tea bags, 4 egg yolks, 3/4 cup super fine sugar and real vanilla extract.
First add the half & half and cream to a saucepan and heat on medium-high heat until hot. NOT boiling. I test it often by dribbling a little off of the whisk on to my finger.
One the cream mixture is hot, I add in the six chai tea bags.
Allow the bags to steep for 30 to 40 minutes.
Squeeze any of the cream out of the teabags before discarding them. Then, just like before, reheat the cream mixture until hot again. It should still be warm so it shouldn’t take too long to get it hot again. If there’s a milk “skin” on the top of the cream, don’t worry about it. Just stir as it reheats.
Meanwhile, separate the whites from 4 egg yolks, adding the yolks and 3/4 cup of superfine sugar to a heat-safe bowl.
Whisk to combine and until the mixture is pale yellow in color.
Once the chai cream mixture is hot, add a few splashes of it while whisking the eggs to “temper” them. Add a few more splashes while whisking and then slowly pour the rest of the chai cream in with the eggs. By tempering the eggs, it will keep the eggs from scrambling.
Pour the chai ice cream base back into the sauce pan and heat on medium until it thickens.
It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, and when you drag your finger through it, it shouldn’t fill back in.
Next, add in a teaspoon of real vanilla extract…
…and strain the ice cream base through a mesh strainer to catch any milk or egg impurities. Trust me, there will be some.
Poof! That’s it. Well not it-it but you’ve made a vanilla chai ice cream base and it should be a cream light brown and smell like a warm hug.
Now, just cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours or until completely cool.
Following your ice cream manufacturers instructions, pour the ice cream base into the ice cream maker and process until thick.
Pour the ice cream into a freezer-safe container, smooth it out and freeze for 4 hours or overnight until solid.
Scoop and serve. It’s that simple.
We scooped and served this vanilla chai ice cream into chocolate waffle cones, but it’s just as delicious served simply in a bowl.
Enjoy! And if you give this Vanilla Chai Ice Cream recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
Vanilla Chai Ice Cream
- 2 cup half & half
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 6 chai tea bags
- 4 large egg yolks
- 3/4 cup ultra fine sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Heat the half & half and heavy cream in a medium sauce pan until hot. Do not boil. Remove off of the heat and steep 6 chai tea bags for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove the tea bags and reheat until hot. Again, do not boil.
- Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until smooth and pale yellow.
- While whisking, slowly pour in the hot chai cream mixture to temper the eggs. Transfer the egg/cream mixture back into the saucepan and heat on medium until thickened. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, and when you drag your finger through it, it shouldn't fill back in.
- Next pour the thickened ice cream base through a mesh strainer that is set into a new clean bowl (this is to catch any egg and milk impurities).
- Stir in the vanilla and allow it to cool for 30 minutes before refrigerating for 4 hours or overnight.
- Once the vanilla chai ice cream base has chilled completely, following the manufacturers instructions, pour the ice cream base into the ice cream maker and churn until thick. Pour the thickened ice cream into a freezer-safe container and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
- Serve scoops in ice cream cones or into bowls.
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OK, it’s 2 million bazillion degrees in Portland right now so I”ve been googling ice cream recipes, when I came across your site. I love Chi Tea AND ice cream, so it looks like I’ll be face planting into your recipe in no time!
Seriously though, this ice cream looks delicious.
Thank you, Christina! I hope you love it as much as we do!
This recipe was AMAZING! It’s the most creamy ice cream I’ve ever had and the chai flavors are beautiful. Honestly, I’m not even a tea person but chai is my best friend’s favorite flavor so I made it for her, but this chai has definitely won me over. How long will homemade ice cream stay good in the freezer?
I’m so happy to hear it, Ashley-Rose! Thank you for taking the time to make this recipe and leaving a comment!
I made this yesterday and it is amazing! The kind of ice cream that you want to savor and then get seconds. Creamy and delicious.
I’m so glad, Tina! Thank you for taking the time to make this recipe and leaving a comment!❤️
What a decadent treat! I made this sugar-free with Swerve Confectioners sugar instead of regular sugar (1:1 replacement). It’s excellent, thank you for sharing!