Friday, June 30, 2017

Ice Cream Tea Party, When Chai is Not Enough...Plus A Giveaway!

   The one thing I love on a cold winters night here in Sonoma is a nice hot cup of chai. I always make my own as most of the store bought stuff is far too sweet for my taste. I want control of my spices and sweets. When Summer rolls around and the hot weather is upon us, there's always iced chai but somehow I'm always too lazy to make it. Enter Adagio Teas......

   I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by the folks at Adagio asking me if I'd like to sample some of their teas. I love tea, and always have a lot of it in the cupboard, but what I really like to do beyond drinking it, is to cook and bake with it, such as these Earl Grey Macarons with Meyer Lemon filling I made for CocoaPlanet last year...GlutenFree of course as all macarons are, but also Vegan all the way.
   Anyway, I was extremely impressed with the tea choices at Adagio...the teas are Direct Trade, and beautifully described as to flavors scent etc. There are full instructions as to how to brew it, and what the cost is per cup (I, being a canny shopper love that!) and who's growing it. Everything anyone needs to know, plus the varieties they offer are extensive. If it's a specific tea you want, chances Adagio has it.

   After checking out everything, I chose some of my favorites to work with and I started with Darjeeling Sungma Summer Tea. Since it was about a zillion degrees here in Sonoma the day my tea arrived, there was only one thing I wanted to do with it first and that was to make ice cream!

   So, I'm saying up front, this recipe is for an ice cream maker. If you don't have one I'd say try and find one. I got my first one used for 25 bucks and it was the best investment on my money I ever had. It's still working and I have added other brand new ones since then. I kind of have a thing for ice cream machines, as ice cream is one of the fastest, easiest kid- pleasing desserts out there. 5 minutes in the machine, an hour in the freezer and you are good to go. So just putting this out there...for this recipe one needs a machine. It's very simple and only uses a few here we go.

Darjeeling Ice Cream

Here's What You Need:

2 cups of whipping cream
2 cups of whole milk
3/4 cup of sugar
10 whole cardamom pods, cracked
4  whole cloves
2 slices of peeled fresh ginger
6 peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
5 Adagio Teas Darjeeling Sungma Summer Tea Bags

Here's What To Do:

Mix the whipping cream and milk together with the sugar, ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves, and cracked cardamom pods
When it's well mixed put it on a medium flame and heat it up.
DO NOT BOIL it, just get it nice and hot below the boiling point.
Take it off the flame and add in the Adagio Darjeeling Sungma Summer Tea Bags.
Put a lid on the pot, and let everything steep for about 10 minutes.

Remove the tea bags, and strain all the spices out.
Place the mixture in the fridge for a few hours or overnight to chill thoroughly, then when it's cold enough, put it into your ice cream machine and follow ice cream making instructions.
When you take it out of the machine, put it into a freezer container and let it chill in the freezer for an hour or two till it firms up.

   When I served it, I couldn't resist baking a few madeleines to go along with it on the link for the recipe for those.

 Now here's the Giveaway...

   Adagio Tea and The Colors of Indian Cooking are giving away 5 pouches of Darjeeling Sungma Summer Tea to 5 winners. All you have to do to be entered to follow @AdagioTeas  and @kathygori on Twitter and leave me a comment here about it. The Contest is open now and we'll announce the winners on July if you'd like to try this amazing tea, and get creative with it..let me know!


  1. This ice cream looks delicious! I've never tried this tea from Adagio & would love to. I'm following you both on twitter. ☺️

  2. I followed both @johnhutchens1. I copied this recipe for my wife. She loves tea and seems to use it in everything she cooks. She will love a tea ice cream.

  3. Followed both! I've used Earl Grey to make truffles before but have never cooked with Darjeeling. These are all great ideas! :)

  4. I follow you both as @1froglegs



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