Welcome one and all to the new and improved Scoop² website! No matter if you are one of my converted followers or brand new to my site, I am ecstatic you are here! In my grand scheme of ideas, I would launch into my new blog triumphantly, with the flavor to launch a thousand ships. We all know that as soon as I start to scheme grandly, it will never turn out that way. And so, without further ado, Erlenmeyer Tea Ice Cream…
This week has been the starts of the spring break crunch time. Everything seems to be due in the next two weeks before we all fly off to separate corners of the globe and forget everything we have learned. At least that’s what my professors seem to think.
Top that off with a cough that doesn’t seem to be going away and keeps me up at all hours of the night. Yes, you could say I am a little stressed at the moment. Just a hair.
My original plan for this ice cream was to be like a sweet iced tea flavor. Then that got changed to a traditional cup of tea flavor, which then changed to a cup of earl grey tea. And that’s where it stayed. This ice cream flavor was intended to taste like a cup of tea. Keep that in mind moving forward.
Since I enjoyed the texture and new process of the cornstarch and cream cheese (aka Jeni) method, I decided to give that another shot. I really enjoyed how challenging it was. While I might not be the biggest fan of solving mass transfer problems and making a thousand assumptions, but give me an ice cream idea and I’ll run with it.
I also thought that maybe I could throw in a hint of flair by making a lemon sauce swirl. It could break up the tea with a bit of zing.
And then, while I was shopping for the perfect earl grey tea, I came across these Scottish butter shortbread cookies. And they basically called to me and told me they belonged in this ice cream. They were bought without hesitation.
Speaking of mass transfer, I suppose I can’t ignore the blatant presence of it in this flavor. You see, mass transfer is essentially diffusion. And steeping a tea bag in hot water or milk is a typical example of that. The liquid seeps into the leaves of the tea and becomes flavored. Then this flavored milk has a higher tea concentration than that of the other milk. So it shares some of its flavor. After a long period of time, all the milk will be uniformly flavored with the tea. Ta-da! Mass transfer!
Experimental Apparatus and Procedure:
First, I had to locate supplies. Which is code word for I went shopping and claimed I was looking for tea in the clothes and shoes department.
Then I made the signature slurry and set it aside.
This time, I remembered to soften the cream cheese so I wasn’t trying to whisk a solid block.
Next, I heated the milk, cream, and sugar. Then I plopped in the tea bags. It was recommended that I leave them steeping for 5 minutes, but me, thinking I am smarter than a woman who has been making ice cream for as long as I’ve been alive (aka Jeni), left them in there for 20. More time for diffusion, duh! Note to self and internet: this was a mistake of epic proportions.
Then came the boiling process. Those 4 dreaded minutes of watching milk nearly bubble over and make a giant mess of your stove, all while hoping you aren’t screwing this up.
Whisk into the cream cheese and call it a day. I left it in the fridge and wandered off to my desk to tackle a never dwindling pile of work.
When I went to churn it, I gave it a little taste. Eh, I thought, I didn’t really care for it. Must be because I am sick and my taste buds are off. But oddly, those shortbread cookies tasted exceptionally delicious.
If you’ve been reading this, I’ve not been too subtle that I don’t really care for how this flavor turned out. And it boils down to one very crucial error: it steeped for way too long! This ice cream ended up tasting like tea leaves, rather than a smooth and creamy cup of tea.
Maybe there was another error too. I prefer English breakfast tea over earl grey any day. If I was to make another tea flavored ice cream, it would most definitely be a more simple breakfast tea.
The texture of it is wonderful, just as expected. And the cookies inside softened perfectly but didn’t get mushy. As for the lemon sauce swirl? Well I made it and then at the last second it tasted much too strong, so I added about 1 mL to the entire pint.
I am not one to shy away from risky and “weird” ice cream flavors. In fact, I seek them out. But in this case, I should’ve just went with the tried and true tea my grandmother has been drinking for at least 20 years.
Every single time I go to my mommom’s house, tea is served with every meal. The kettle is always at some stage of boiling on the stove, and she will let you have the pretty mug. She has always drank the classic black tea and has never searched for anything more. And since it has been recently brought to my attention that me and my grandmother practically share a brain, I should have listened to her.
This flavor was a test of my patience. I would try a spoonful each and every day just to see if I found it more palatable. The answer is no. If there are some die-hard tea ice cream lovers out there, maybe this could be your dream flavor!
First fun fact of my brandy new site! Let’s take a trip down memory lane and zoom in on a little Alanna, aged 5. It was Christmas of the year 2000, and my sister and I had just gotten matching Millennial Barbie dolls. They were collectible ones. The type that could be worth millions in a couple decades. We were strictly informed they were for our eyes only, not to play with. Because my parents didn’t trust me for a millisecond (I was the devil as a child), they put mine on a high shelf in my room so I could admire it. While my family was cooking away, preparing for Christmas Day dinner, I was in my room. And I “heard” my Barbie doll calling to me. She wanted to come out of the box and play! So I scaled up my bookshelf, grabbed her, and we marched into the kitchen. To this day, my family still laughs at me and my Millennial Barbie doll. I’ll have you know, she was my favorite and I played with her so much her head fell off.
Well, there you have it. My very first new blog post. It feels exciting to be moving up. Please please subscribe! Each week you will get an email about my new post, written by yours truly. See you all soon! Scoop ya later!
P.S. I thought I’d start leaving some of my favorite quotes at the end of the post. Enjoy!