It’s been about a month since we got the KitchenAid stand mixer ice cream maker attachment. Sure it comes with directions, but really it’s about trial and error. Try one recipe, see if you like it. Try another recipe, see if you like that one more. And what type of trial and error could be better than this?!

The greatest part, I think, is the multitude of different kinds of frozen treats we can make. So far we’ve made traditional vanilla ice cream, two batches of black plum sorbet, pistachio gelato and now chai tea custard


We both love chai tea. Strong, dark tea infused with aromatic spices and rich, creamy milk. So soothing. Why not enjoy these flavors in some other form, especially when the days are hot and ripe for cold desserts? Why not indeed…

Technically, the recipe calls it ice cream; this is most certainly custard, and a sumptuous one at that. Heavy with the sweet and spicy flavors of clove, cardamom, star anise, cinnamon, pepper, allspice, nutmeg, Darjeeling tea and cream. It’s the creamiest we’ve made so far. Also the most labor-intensive, but worth the extra effort.

DSC01928Caffeine alert: 1/4 c strong black tea doesn’t seem like much — it’ll heighten your senses, literally. Next time we buy decaf.

Shameless plug alert: My recipe was accepted to the Quick Weeknight Meals Contest on TheKitchn. Please vote for me here and thanks!