How to make ice cream with earl grey tea flavor (no eggs needed!)
Get ready for homemade Earl Grey ice cream that’s aromatic, creamy and oh-so-refreshing!
This homemade tea ice cream is about to become your new favorite frozen delight.
And the best part?
Making this ice cream is as simple as making regular homemade ice, just using Earl Grey tea infused whipping cream.
Stick around as we spill all the secrets to crafting this incredibly delicious ice cream recipe with only four easy-to-find ingredients.
Your taste buds will thank you!
What you’ll need to make Earl Grey Ice Cream
- For a vegan version, use plant-based cream and milk alternatives.
- If desired, you may use other tea types: any tea that pairs well with milk is a fantastic choice.
Some examples include Breakfast Blends, black tea, or hojicha (roasted green tea).
- Feel free to use sugar alternatives if you prefer a low-carb version of this ice cream recipe.
Personally, I opt for a mix of xylitol and erythritol in equal proportions.
- Ice cream maker: while you can also make ice cream without a machine (look under “tips”), I love using my simple ice cream maker because doesn’t even need pre-freezing the container.
- Fillable tea bags (in case you are using loose tea leaves)
Making tea ice cream is as simple as infusing tea into the cream you use for your frozen treat.
I got this awesome idea from Lu Ann from The Cup of Life.
Once your cream is tea-flavored, it’s time to turn it into ice cream.
There are loads of homemade ice cream recipes out there, so you can pick the one that vibes with you.
I’m gonna show you how to do it with an ice cream maker since I have one now.
But don’t worry, I’ll also share a link for making ice cream without a machine.
And hey, if you’ve got a go-to ice cream recipe, go for it!
Just swap regular cream with the tea-infused kind for that amazing tea taste in your ice cream.
Time needed: 4 hours
How to make Early Grey ice cream at home
- Infuse whipping cream
Cold brew the Earl Grey tea in whipping cream: put the tea bags in whipping cream and leave in the fridge for at least 8 hours or overnight.
- Reduce the milk
Heat the milk with the sugar (or sugar alternative) over medium heat until the mixture reduces by about half.
Then, set aside this evaporated milk to cool.
- Combine everything together and freeze
Remove the tea from the whipping cream.
Then combine with the reduced and sweetened milk to prepare the ice cream by following the instructions provided with your ice cream maker.
For most machines, this involves putting the mixture in the machine’s container and allowing the machine to mix and freeze.
If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can find some helpful tips below under the “Tips” section.
- I suggest going for tea bags in this recipe.
Straining whipping cream can get messy, and it’s a bit tough to clean out all the fat from the strainer.
If you happen to have loose leaf tea, just pop it into a fillable tea bag for the infusion.
- If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can whip up ice cream using one of these three methods.
I personally used method 3 before I got my ice maker!
And that’s all.
Have fun decorating with your favorite toppings!
Earl Grey Ice Cream Recipe
- ⅚ Cup Whipping Cream 200 ml
- 2 Teabags Earl Grey Tea Or 2 full teaspoons of loose tea
- ⅚ Cup Milk 200 ml
- 100 Gr. Sugar Look under notes for alternatives
- Cold steep the tea in whipping cream overnight (or for at least 8-10 hours).
- Heat the milk with the sugar over medium heat.Evaporate the milk so it reduces to about the half amount.Then set aside and let cool for around 30 minutes.
- Remove tea solids from the whipping cream, then combine with the homemade condensed milk. Let freeze in an ice cream maker.If you don’t have an ice maker, check for alternatives under notes.
- For a sugar free version, combining equal parts of xylitol and erythritol works great. For example, you could use 50 gr. xylitol and 50 gr. erythritol.
- This recipe is on the slightly less sweet side.
But I personally still use a little less sweetener (only 40 gr. xylitol and 40 gr. erythritol).
Feel free to adapt the sugar to your liking!
- You may experiment using other types of tea, like regular black tea. Any tea that goes well with milk is a good option.
- If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can make your ice following one of these methods.
I used method three before buying my ice cream machine.