Vanilla Chai Ice Cream

Vanilla Chai Ice Cream with Banana Pecan Bread
Vanilla Chai Ice Cream with Banana Pecan Bread

What’s your coldest, Winter memory? I’ll answer first. It was a brain-freeze type of cold day. A thick pea coat covered layers of clothes and a wooly sweater. No one could tell I wore a few socks underneath a pair of bright yellow rain boots. The winds pierced through layers of clothes to chill my back. Fingers underneath my gloves froze numb. Large, billowy snowflakes floated swiftly to the ground. The snow was piled one to two feet deep, and there was slippery ice everywhere. Then a child is seen walking in my direction. She’s happily skipping in this frigid, cold weather, while licking an ice cream cone. The mother is walking behind the child. She sees a perplexed, astonished look on my face. She shrugs her shoulders to communicate, “I know, I know… my child is strange…right?” We warmly pass each other, smiling and giggling.

It seems strange to post a recipe about ice cream in the middle of this year’s unrelenting Winter season. A snow emergency is in progress as rain and hail are making special appearances as they prance and glide against the glass of the skylight in my apartment. Surprising sounds of thunder wake an evening sky and temperatures are in the single digits. Is anyone screaming for ice cream, right now?

Is it possible to crave a chill scoop of Vanilla Chai ice cream on top of a warm slice of Banana Pecan Bread? Can you imagine by the time the heat of Summer occurs, these days will be considered dreamy and refreshing? There’s this comfortable knowledge of watching this dreary, white weather from the inside of a cozy apartment. As mentioned before, it’s an emotional time right now, and it’s a coincidence I’m in the midst of another unforgettable cold Winter. For now, every spoonful is creamy and the spices are warm. It’s a cozy moment to savor. I’m indoors. Feeling blessed. Hopeful. And, screaming for Vanilla Chai Ice Cream. Stay warm, everyone.

Vanilla Chai Ice Cream

Vanilla Chai Ice Cream with Banana Pecan Bread

1 cup organic whole milk
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cardamom
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups organic heavy cream
2 tsp. (10 ml) vanilla extract

1. Warm the milk and spices in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk the eggs with the sugar in a separate bowl.

2. Slowly add warm milk by an eighth a cup to the egg mixture and continue to whisk.

3. Pour the milk and egg mixture back into the saucepan and heat slowly over medium-low heat until thickened. Stir mixture constantly until it’s similar to a liquid pudding. Do not let the mixture boil!

4. Place mixture in a sealed container and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.

5. Add chill egg and milk mixture to a bowl. Whisk in cream and vanilla to form the Vanilla Chai Ice Cream base.

6. Add base to your ice cream maker, and follow manufacturer’s directions.

7. Depending on the ice cream maker’s brand, if custard is similar to the texture of a slightly firm soft-serve ice cream, place custard in a sealed container in the freezer. Chill until firm.

8. Cheers!

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9 thoughts on “Vanilla Chai Ice Cream

  • February 2, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Dave, Thank you for catching my grammatical error. I’m relieved someone is throughly reading my site. The corrections have been made. Unfortunately, it’s on all the RSS feeds and promotions that can’t be revised. From the Perfect Food Blogger, Sanura at

  • February 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    “Increment” weather. That’s pretty funny.

  • January 29, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    How delicious this sounds, a cool ice cream with a warm flavor. You’ve got me hooked. I have a linky party going on at my blog called “Sweets for a Saturday” and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link this up.

  • January 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    This looks so good. I’m going to have to make both. You are an awesome photographer. share some photo tips. Pleeeeeeeeeeeease. LOL

  • January 28, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Wow! We are flying out to California to visit my newborn niece next week… I am totally going to make this for them (along with the walnut banana bread of course!) while we are out there! Thanks Sanura.

  • January 28, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I love this ice-cream, the flavor is so interesting and reminds me of a spice pudding in lebanese cuisine.

  • January 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    On a warm slice of pie sounds perfect!! I grew up in New England – it was just permanently cold and gorgeous!

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