Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream

ice-cream-earl-grey-tea-flavor-white-ceramic-bowl-wooden-background-61753350Rich black tea leaves and aromatic bergamot help balance the sweetness of this ice cream.

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream

4 Earl Grey tea bags

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, warm cream until it is steaming and bubbles appear around edges. Turn off heat. Add Earl Grey tea bags and steep for 30 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Chill the cream until very cold, at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
  • When ready to mix the ice cream, combine vanilla and sweetened condensed milk in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whip tea-infused cream until soft peaks form.
  • Stir about 1/3 of whipped cream into condensed milk mixture to lighten it. Then, very gently fold in remaining whipped cream, stirring as little as possible.
  • Gently transfer mixture to an air-tight container and freeze until solid, about 6 hours.  Serve.
  • Freeze any leftovers.

 

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Graham Crackers Pie Crust

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ½ cups finely crushed regular or cinnamon graham crackers (24 squares)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 9-inch pie plate

How to:

  1. Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter or margarine, and cinnamon until well blended . Press mixture into an 8 or 9 inch pie plate.
  2. Bake at 375º F (190º C) for 7 minutes.
  3. Let it cool. If recipe calls for unbaked pie shell, just chill for about 1 hour.
  4. Fill as directed in pie recipe.

Matcha Cheesecake

Ingredients

2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon matcha tea powder

2 eggs

1 prepared 9-inch graham cracker crust

Lemon zest curls for garnish (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, and matcha tea powder. Beat on medium-high until fluffy and well blended. Reduce speed to medium and add eggs, one at a time, beating just until blended.
  2. Pour filling into crust and bake until edges are set but there is still a slight wobble in the middle, about 40 minutes.
  3. Let cool completely at room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
  4. Garnish with lemon zest and serve. Refrigerate leftovers.

Filipino Adobo

Ingredients

3 – 4 lbs. whole chicken, cut into serving pieces
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced and divided
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon peppercorns
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
1 cup water
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
Cooked jasmine rice, for serving
Thinly sliced scallions, for serving
  • In a bowl, combine chicken parts, soy sauce, 3 cloves garlic, bay leaves, vinegar, and peppercorns. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
  • Remove chicken, reserving the marinade. In a large skillet, heat oil and sauté onions and remaining garlic until onions are opaque and fragrant. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned. Pour in reserved marinade juices, water and sugar; bring to a boil uncovered for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through (safe internal temperature of 165ºF) and sauce thickens to a rich, brown color.
  • Let cool, discard bay leaves and serve over a bed of jasmine rice. Garnish with thinly sliced scallions. Refrigerate leftovers.