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July 16, 2007 / Tony

Tea ices

I bought an ice cream maker this weekend from Creative Kitchen

Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, and Sorbet Maker — 1.5 qt., Red

It is a Cuisinart brand (ICE-20R).  I bought it because I wanted to make the tea ices from my earlier post on the same subject.  I made the recipe with green tea in it since that is what I had on hand.  This is the recipe.

 Moroccan Tea Ice, from “Couscous and Other Good Food From Morocco,” by Paula Wolfert (Harper & Row, 1987)

4 servings

3 cups boiling water
1 tablespoon Chinese green tea
1/3 cup sugar
1 bunch fresh spearmint

1. Pour the boiling water over the tea, sugar and spearmint in a large glass bowl. Steep 3 minutes.

2. Strain out the tea leaves and mint. Cool to room temperature.

3. Pour the tea mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Alternately, pour the tea into a wide shallow dish, place in a freezer and allow it to freeze around the edges, 1 to 2 hours. Remove the dish from the freezer and scrape the ice with a fork from the outside edges to the center. Repeat this process every half an hour at least 3 times until the entire mixture has turned into small, sequin-like ice flakes.)

4. Spoon into small cups and serve.

I really liked it.  The ice was sweet but only just enough to make it sweet enough for a dessert.  The mint and green tea flavors shone through brilliantly and, surprisingly enough, deeply.  Usually with ice creations like this, one always feels like there is somewhat of a disconnect between the ice and whatever is flavoring it.  But with this recipe, there was a perfect synergy between the ice and all of the nice flavorings in it.  It was almost like eating a dream.  It was sophisticated, sweet, refreshing, and satisfying all at the same time.  I almost can’t recommend trying this enough.  Definitely worth the investment in an ice cream maker this weekend.

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  1. Katelyn / Jul 16 2007 11:20 am

    I love creative Kitchen! Glad to hear your tea ice worked out 🙂

  2. suburbanchef / Jul 16 2007 12:03 pm

    How long did it take for the ice to freeze with the mixer(how long from boiling tea until the spoon goes to mouth)?

  3. Tony / Jul 16 2007 12:13 pm

    I suppose you could do it in about 1 1/2 hours. It takes some time for the tea mixture to cool down to at least room temperature. Probably an hour in the fridge would be enough. When you begin to mix in the ice cream maker, it only takes about 15 minutes.

  4. Sue / Jul 17 2007 7:53 am

    great device. i think i should get one too…to make green tea ice gream too.. i am thinking of pearl jasmine from http://www.teacuppa.com…so i get green tea flavored with jasmine aroma..i wonder if it will work

  5. Jerry / Jul 17 2007 9:28 am

    I wonder if it would work with most green teas. I have tried to ice a few different flavored ones but never a plain green tea. I hear so much about the health properties of green tea I will have to try it.

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