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Make Milk Tea Sherbet

Sometimes after a hot summer day, the exact thing you need is a nice cup of ice-cream. It’s cold, sweet, and really just hits the spot. So, why not combine your favorite winter drink and summer treat and make tea ice cream? Whether with an icecream maker or with a ziplock bag, like that science project in middle school, you can easily add tea to the mix and make a wonderful treat. One such recipe allows you to make milk tea sherbet with black tea.   Here is how to make it.
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup light (clear) corn syrup
  • 1 cup filtered or bottled water
  • 6 tablespoons black tea (about 12 teabags)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups half and half, cold
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Combine corn syrup and water in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in tea leaves, cover, and steep until syrup is dark, flavorful, and slightly bitter, about 10 minutes.
  2. Slowly pour tea syrup through a very fine mesh strainer (such as a tea strainer) into an airtight container. Stir in sugar to dissolve, then half and half and salt to taste. Milk tea should taste strong, and both sweeter and saltier than you would drink on its own. Chill in refrigerator until very cold, 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Churn in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions, then transfer to airtight container and chill in freezer until firm, at least 4 hours.

and there you have it – black tea icecream – you could even have it with Sweet Tea on those hot summer days.  It could even be made with different types of tea – you could go for green tea, fruit, or any manner of flower tea.



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