I have just returned from my trip to Southeast Asia and it was an AMAZING trip! While traveling I enjoyed amazing Thai, Malay and Indian food and “endured” a few fabulous $10 couples massages in Thailand with my hubby! All in all it was a very relaxing and enlightening trip. However, it was also one of the hottest and most humid trips I have ever been on and I found the one thing besides ice cold water that sounded good every single day of the trip was Ice Cream. Of course Ice Cream sounds good to me most every day no matter what the climate! In Particular, as relating to Asia, a scoop or two of Chai or Coconut Ice Cream after some spicy Asian food is not only refreshing but can be a nice pallet cleanser after a flavorful meal.
This post is my own personal Chai Ice Cream Mix and I find it to be quite a yummy combination of spices! This ice cream can also be made dairy free using Almond Milk and Soy Creamer, or Lactaid dairy free milk. This recipe is also very very easy as you don’t have to cook anything before freezing. I take out a bit of the fat and richness by using 1% milk instead of whole milk and also sometimes use fat free half and half as well to make it more of an icy consistency. That makes it almost fat free while still being fantastically delicious. You simply mix the ingredients and freeze. It has a very strong cardamom flavor which I love, but feel free to add more of any spice you would like to feature and decrease the cardamom. Next time I am going to substitute coconut milk for half of the 1% milk to make a Coconut Chai….YUM!
CHAI ICE CREAM
- 1 tsp Cardamom
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1/8 tsp ginger
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- tiny dash of ground pepper (optional)
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 1 Tbls Vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup 1% milk (use whole milk for a richer more creamy texture)
- 1 1/2 cup half and half (use heavy whipping cream for a richer more creamy texture)
First step is to whisk the Sugar into the 1%milk until dissolved, and then add your spices to this mixture and whisk again.
Now add in the Half and Half and the Vanilla and whisk again until all dissolved and well mixed together.
I use a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker where I have to freeze the canister beforehand and do not need to use Rock Salt and Ice to make ice cream. So I simply remove the canister from the freezer and start the rotation and slowly add the ice cream mix into the mixer and set the time for 23 minutes.
NOW….THE MAGIC HAPPENS!
Once the ice cream is done (and you will PROBABLY need to taste it to make sure…haha), it will be a very soft consistency. It is good like this, but I prefer it a little harder so I cover it with foil and put in the freezer for a couple hours. It can freeze in there for a few days if you like. Feel free to put it in a different container at this point if you would like, but I find it remains the perfect consistency if left in the original freezing container.
Feel free to serve this ice cream alone or to garnish it with something crunchy and yummy! I have served this with Molasses Ginger cookies, or Ginger Snaps, but this time served it with some Coconut Cashew balls I got in Thailand. They were very very yummy with it. Let me know what you think if you try it!
Happy Chai spICE Creaming!
Oh, and I have a feeling this will be the first of many cold slushy posts I make in the next few months. Tis the Season!