A few years ago one of my dear friends, "Mon Frite," introduced me to the wonderful world of homemade ice cream, a hobby she shares with her Dad. Almost every time she heads home to visit, she makes his favorite Maple ice cream. When she shared the simplicity of the process it seemed almost kismet that I should combine my love for ice cream with my love for baking. To help get me started, Mon Frite recommended I purchase an ice cream maker and suggested a recipe book or two to use as a reference.
Ice Cream is literally a frozen, sweetened cream (made from a combination of cream and milk with sweeteners and flavoring). Once you master the sweet cream base, everything else is easy, and the most fun part begins: experimentation, mixing and matching ingredients, and truly exploring the craft of ice cream magic.
The following recipe and ingredients were inspired by using Ben & Jerry's Sweet Cream Base.
Honey Vanilla Chamomile Ice Cream
2 c. 1/2 and 1/2
5-6 Honey Vanilla Chamomile tea bags (I used Celestial Seasoning)
2 T of honey
1 c. sweetened and condensed milk, cold
- Open can of sweetened and condensed milk and transfer to measuring cup. Set aside to chill in refrigerator.
- Pour half-and-half into double boiler and heat; whisk in honey and bring to simmer.
- Remove from heat and add tea bags; allow tea to steep for at least one hour.
- After hour is complete, remove tea bags and add in sweetened condensed milk to tea mixture. Whisk until blended.
- Transfer the mixture to your ice cream maker and freeze following manufacturer instructions.