Thai Tea Ice Cream Recipe made with sweetened condensed milk

It appears I’ve posted 3 ice cream recipes in the last month, 2 this week alone. You don’t mind, do you? ‘Tis the season, after all. Although, I say that, knowing full well that some of y’all aren’t exactly experiencing ice cream weather yet (it snowed at my parents’ place in Colorado. In May. And you wonder why I moved…)

But even snow is no excuse not to enjoy some ice cream! (Let’s be honest, is there any suitable excuse?)

Homemade Thai Tea Ice Cream Recipe

This bold ice cream (bold in both color and flavor) is inspired by the refreshing iced beverage from Thailand, a fragrant Ceylon black tea blend sweetened with sweetened condensed milk. In addition to replicating the flavor of the drink perfectly, sweetened condensed milk also gives the ice cream an ultra-creamy consistency (much like the Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream recipe I posted a few weeks back, in fact, these recipes are nearly identical if you simply swap the tea for coffee). But unlike the Vietnamese coffee ice cream (which used decaf beans), this one is fully caffeinated. It’s the pick me up you didn’t know you needed.

Thai Tea Ice Cream using the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker attachment

Thai tea mix is a blend of Ceylon black or green tea with added flavorings and coloring. I used Panthai brand, which can be found in many Asian markets or online. If you can’t find it, or prefer to avoid the clearly artificial bright orange coloring, you can use strong black tea here, but you’ll basically end up with black tea ice cream. Good, but you can’t really call it Thai tea without the vibrant orange color or distinctive flavor.

How to make Thai Tea Ice Cream

When making homemade ice cream, I usually give myself at least 3 days from start to finish, though the active time is less than 60 minutes in total.

Make the ice cream base one day, then chill it overnight before churning (the colder the better). While an ice bath works to cool the ice cream quickly, I’ve found an overnight chill results in a creamier consistency with less air and smaller ice crystals. I’d recommend it if you can spare the time!

Churn the chilled ice cream base in your ice cream maker (have I told you lately how much I love my KitchenAid® ice cream attachment?) Once it is the consistency of soft serve, transfer to an ice cream container and then freeze overnight (or at least a few hours if you can bear it) to let the ice cream firm up to the scoopable consistency we typically expect when it comes to ice cream.

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Thai Tea Ice Cream

Thai Tea Ice Cream

Yield: 1 quart

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 24 hours

Bold in flavor and color: this Thai tea ice cream is made with sweetened condensed milk for an authentic flavor and ultra-creamy texture.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup Thai Tea mix (available at Asian markets or online; substitute black tea if you can’t find Thai Tea mix)
  • pinch salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pour heavy cream into a zip-top bag and place in a bowl filled with ice water. This will serve as an ice bath to quickly cool the ice cream base.
  2. In a saucepan, combine milk, sweetened condensed milk, thai tea mix, and salt. Cook gently over medium heat, stirring regularly, until mixture just starts to steam. Remove from heat; cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve (to remove more sediment, line the sieve with a double layer of cheesecloth).
  3. Return milk mixture to medium-low heat until it just starts to steam.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks in a bowl. Slowly spoon in some of the warm cream mixture, 1/4 cup or so at a time, whisking vigorously. Continue to spoon in a little warm cream at a time until about half of the cream mixture has been incorporated and yolk mixture is warm to the touch. You want to do this gradually; doing so will temper the egg yolks rather than cook them.

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3 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. Now, I do love a good Thai Tea!! I’ve already shared this with a friend if they’re feeling adventurous! :) Now to make it non-dairy or a gelato so I can actually try it myself…. great idea for a flavour!

  2. I often have Thai tea at break time. And ice-cream is one of my favorite snacks, I love all flavors, but I have never tried Thai tea Ice-cream. I guess it is a great idea for a flavor. I can’t wait to try it.

  3. I love Thai tea! I can’t wait to try this. When I was in Thailand, they used Lipton Yellow Label (I think). It’s not as common here, but maybe easier than finding Thai tea mix? But I’m sure Amazon sells both! :D

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