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Chai Tea Ice Cream Sweetened with Honey {Bengal Spice Tea}

This Chai Tea Ice Cream is made with my absolute favourite tea: Bengal Spice Tea by Celestial Seasonings and is sweetened with honey. Bengal Spice is completely delicious and has been a favourite of mine for a decade.

Rich with the flavours of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, black pepper and vanilla, Bengal Spice tea is caffeine-free and lightly sweetened with carob.

In my opinion, this is the most perfect fall tea and I drink it faithfully in the colder months. Bengal Spice is warming, spicy, full-bodied and slightly sweet.

I wanted to capture the essence of this cozy drink in a bite of healthy homemade ice cream. You can’t go wrong blending the worlds of tea and ice cream. 

I found a Cuisinart ice cream maker at a garage sale (still in the box!) around 5 years ago for only $5 and that started my journey of making homemade ice cream.

Making homemade ice cream is so satisfying and feels like a real achievement. I also love knowing every single ingredient that went into my ice cream. Store-bought ice cream can have a lot of stabilizers, preservatives and other questionable additives.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bengal Spice Tea

What Makes Bengal Spice Tea Sweet? 

Bengal Spice Tea is lightly sweetened with roasted carob. The level of sweetness is very subtle.

What is Carob?

Carob comes from pods from the carob tree. It is naturally sweet, caffeine-free, and used as a healthy substitute for chocolate. Some people substitute carob chips for chocolate chips in their baked goods. Could be worth a try!

Is Bengal Spice Tea Caffeine Free?

Yes, Bengal Spice tea is caffeine-free. It’s Celestial Seasonings caffeine-free interpretation of Chai tea.

Learn How to Make Chai Tea Homemade Ice Cream

  1. Using a heavy bottomed saucepan such as a Dutch oven, gently warm the milk, cream and honey over medium-low heat.
  2. Stir until honey is all melted. Add 3 tea bags of Bengal Spice Tea or your favourite brand of Chai tea. Remove from heat and allow the tea bags to steep in the cream mixture. Taste occasionally and remove the tea bags when your base has reached the desired level of flavour.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks separately in a small bowl. Very gradually, begin to whisk ½ cup of the warm (not hot) milk and cream mixture into the egg yolks to bring them up to temperature. (It’s important to do this step very slowly to ensure you don’t accidentally cook the egg yolks.)
  4. Pour the tempered yolk mixture into the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring continually for about 5-10 minutes until the mixture thickens enough that it coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Pour the custard through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl to remove any lumps.
  6. Place the bowl in the fridge to cool for several hours or place the bowl over an ice bath and stir until the custard is cold. You want to ensure the custard is cold before pouring it into the ice cream machine.
  7. Pour the cold custard into the ice cream maker and churn the ice cream for 10-20 minutes until it resembles soft serve ice cream.
  8. Transfer the ice cream into a freezer safe container and freeze for a minimum of 4 hours.

Tips for Making Chai Tea Ice Cream

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Chai Tea Ice Cream {Bengal Spice Tea} Recipe

Bengal Spice Tea Ice Cream

Enjoy rich flavours of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, black pepper and vanilla in this healthy homemade chai tea ice cream.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Chill Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 209 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, 36%
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 3 tea bags Bengal Spice Tea or your favourite brand of chai tea
  • small pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Ensure the freezer drum component of your ice cream maker has been in the freezer for a minimum of 24 hours.
  • Using a heavy bottomed saucepan such as a Dutch oven, gently warm the milk, cream and honey over medium-low heat.
  • Stir until honey is all melted. Add 3 tea bags of Bengal Spice Tea or your favourite brand of Chai tea. Remove from heat and allow the tea bags to steep in the cream mixture. Taste occasionally and remove the tea bags when your base has reached the desired level of flavour.
  • Whisk the egg yolks separately in a small bowl. Very gradually, begin to whisk ½ cup of the warm (not hot) milk and cream mixture into the egg yolks to bring them up to temperature. (It’s important to do this step very slowly to ensure you don’t accidentally cook the egg yolks.)
  • Pour the tempered yolk mixture into the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring continually for about 5-10 minutes until the mixture thickens enough that it coats the back of a spoon.
  • Pour the custard through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl to remove any lumps.
  • Place the bowl in the fridge to cool for several hours or place the bowl over an ice bath and stir until the custard is cold. You want to ensure the custard is cold before pouring it into the ice cream machine.
  • Pour the cold custard into the ice cream maker and churn the ice cream for 10-20 minutes until it resembles soft serve ice cream.
  • Transfer the ice cream into a freezer safe container and freeze for a minimum of 4 hours.
  • When ready to serve, take the ice cream out of the freezer 10 minutes prior to serving to make scooping easier. Enjoy!

Notes

In my opinion, the most difficult step of making ice cream is tempering the egg yolks before incorporating them into the warm cream mixture. Do this step really slowly to guarantee success.
Keyword bengal spice, chai, chai tea, dessert, dessert recipes, ice cream

‘Til next time,

Christy

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Hi! I’m Christy, a happy wife and mother to three boys, a nutritionist, a food lover and a Canadian. Creating and experimenting in the kitchen is my idea of an afternoon well spent. To me, a clean kitchen is an empty canvas of possibility and that means my kitchen never stays clean for long. My dream is that one or more of the recipes I share here will inspire you, perhaps even becoming a cherished family favourite.

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