So I posted back in August about my Earl Grey flavored ice cream
. I had a party this weekend after Thanksgiving and decided that the holiday was the perfect time to experiment with another ice cream flavor that I've been wanting to try: masala chai.
My base ice cream recipe is this one: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/serious-vanilla-ice-cream-recipe/index.html
This time, I altered it in the following ways to make the chai-flavored ice cream:
1. Remove the two Tablespoons of sugar mentioned in the recipe, but don't replace them with peach preserves. There is no need to replace that sugar.
2. After the batter has reached 170 degrees as noted in the recipe, remove it from the heat source and immediately drop 3 bags of chai in. I used Tazo organic chai.
I let the tea steep in the warm batter for about an hour, squeezing the tea bags between two spoons twice during that time. Squeezing is essential to get the tea flavor out into the cream base.
I kept the vanilla bean as a flavoring, because I figured it would complement the chai.
The results were excellent. To me the flavor was like a very spicy gingerbread. I should note that I'm not normally a fan of chai - I mostly made this because I knew my partner would like it. But the very nature of adding tea to so much sugar and cream is that the flavor does change quite dramatically even though at the base of it, you can still taste the chai. So while normally masala chai is a bit more spiced than I like, in the ice cream it was perfect.
At the party a few people noted that it tastes a bit like root beer. One specifically said that it reminded her of a root beer float. I disagree, but mostly because I don't like root beer.
This seems to be an issue of making tea-flavored ice cream - not everyone thinks it tastes like tea. When I made Earl Grey ice cream, some people who tried it said it tasted like Froot Loops. It didn't taste that way to me, but the citrus bergamot flavor definitely rose to the top, which I guess is what they interpreted as Froot Loop-ish.