Earl Grey Tea Infused Chocolate Ice Cream

After making three batches of Italian buttercream last week, I had quite a few egg yolks left over. With cream and milk also in my refrigerator, homemade ice cream was the obvious choice, but I was a little hesitant…

For three months, I was in charge of making desserts for the restaurant at culinary school. I made banana ice cream and cherry ice cream every week! After this experience, I never wanted to make it again! With all the ingredients perfectly lined up, I took it as a sign and felt like I had to once again return to my role as ice cream maker.

I start by making a simple ice cream base (milk, cream, and sugar), then add coco powder and infuse the mixture with earl grey tea. The tea adds a light and refreshing citrus flavor that brings out the chocolate.

There is nothing like homemade ice cream. Unlike the artificial store-bought brands, homemade ice cream uses simple ingredients to create a smooth, creamy texture with a fresh taste. I find it is also much richer than store-bought, so just a small amount suffices.

I’m glad I made ice cream again! I had forgotten how easy and delicious it is! I entered this recipe in food52’s recipe contest for the best chocolate and spice recipe…fingers crossed!

Earl Grey Tea Infused Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe


  • 2 cups cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar (split into 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coco powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 earl grey tea bags
  • 10 egg yolks
  • pinch of kosher salt


1. Place the cream, milk, 1/2 cup of the sugar, unsweetened coco powder, vanilla extract, and earl grey tea bags into a large saucepan. Heat slowly for 10-15 minutes, keeping it just under a simmer.

2. Meanwhile, place the egg yolks, 1/2 cup of the sugar, and pinch of salt in a bowl. Whisk until the egg yolks have thickened and are slightly lighter in color.

3. Remove the tea bags from the milk mixture. Whisk 1/3 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture to temper it. Then, slowly whisk the egg mixture into the milk mixture. Stir custard over low heat until thickened and coats the back of a spoon.

4. Immediately pour custard into a bowl set in an ice water bath. Stir occasionally until cooled. Refrigerate until very cold, or overnight. Freeze in an ice cream machine and place in a covered container in the freezer.

Makes 1 quart of ice cream

Ice cream base from Thomas Keller’s French Laundry Cookbook

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10 Responses to Earl Grey Tea Infused Chocolate Ice Cream

  1. Susan says:

    Looks amazing my dear friend. Next time we hang out we need to cook something!

    • Sage Recipes says:

      Yes – we will cook something! Another sushi night perhaps? I would have brought you some ice cream, but it would have melted! ;(

  2. this is soooooo creamy… wow!

    • Sage Recipes says:

      Hi Katie! Yes, this is the creamiest ice cream EVER! I always use this base and add whatever flavorings I am in the mood for!

  3. Amanda Hope says:

    Is an ice cream maker 100% necessary? (This looks positively scrumptious, by the way…)

  4. Kristin says:

    I followed your easy recipe to closely, but somehow my didn’t turn out. I threw it in the freezer to get it really cold before putting it in the ice cream maker, but it wouldn’t freeze. Sadly, it was still liquid (but icy around the edges) in the air tight container after leaving it in the freezer overnight. :( Checked on it about 8 hours later and it finally started to solidify, but its just all icy. Where did I go wrong? Im dying to make this–yours looks so creamy!

    • Sage Recipes says:

      Hi Kristin! Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t work for you! Ice cream becomes icy if it’s not completely frozen before it is placed in the freezer. I don’t think your ice cream machine container or the custard were cold enough. Try placing the ice cream machine container in the freezer for at least 24 hours prior to using and chill the custard in the refrigerator overnight before churning. This should make it creamy and delicious!

  5. Caitlin says:

    Absolutely the BEST chocolate ice cream i’ve ever had!!

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