chocolate chai icecream (no machine needed!)

October 9, 2009

It’s been a while since I had my last coffee. And by a while, I mean almost six years. Six long, dry years. Sure, I’ve had the occasional sip – a mixed up order where the C for chai was translated as a C for cappucino, but nothing substantial, and certainly nothing intentional.

The upside of it all comes in the form of better sleeping patterns, fewer stomach problems and headaches that don’t immobilize me like the used to… but the downside. Oh! The Downside!

Remember the days when the only viable option for a weight conscious, coffee-avoiding, dairy intolerant girl around coffee time was a bag of ground up vegetation dumped unceremoniously into a cup of hot water for $3.50? Well, that, or a soy babycino?

delicious easy ice cream using just three ingredients

a deliciously easy ice cream using just three ingredients

Worse still was the problem of finding an instant coffee substitute. Yes, tea in a bag was adept at warming the hands and providing a person with something to sip on, but I drink mine black-no-sugar, and it lacks a certain fragrant warmth that only coffee has.

Milo, ovaltine and horlicks were in short supply, and made me feel like bedtime.

It seemed all would be lost when I found chai.

indulge your senses pure chai (chocolate flavour)

indulge your senses pure chai (chocolate flavour)

Now I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t enamoured at first sip. It was too sweet. Too spicy. Too gritty. Too insipid. And oh, too hard to prepare in an office kitchenette.

Or so I thought.

Turns out all chais are not created equal (the one from the cafe across the street is certainly created better than most), and that there is one on the market that makes a decent mug.

I wouldn’t have it every day but it’s certainly a decent beverage for a brisk morning’s start. The family, on the other hand, won’t have it at all. And, with two tins of the chai in my possession (courtesy Rachel of Polarity Consultants) I needed to do something with it.

creamy chocolate chai ice cream

creamy chocolate chai ice cream

chocolate chai ice-cream

This ice-cream is perfect for the non-icecream-maker-owning persons of the world, such as myself. And, best of all, it only has three ingredients! Count ’em! One, two three. That’s it. The cream holds the airy bubbles in place so you won’t need to pull it out of the freezer to whip it every two hours, and the condensed milk gives it a lovely slippery texture. And the family? Well they didn’t like the chai I fed them as a beverage, but they’ve certainly made huge dents in my ice-cream!

You will need:

1 tin of sweetened condensed milk (375ml)
600ml thickened cream
2tbs Indulge Your Senses Chocolate Chai

beating the ice cream mixture

beating the ice cream mixture

How to make it:

1. Tip all of your ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer and beat for about five minutes. You’ll know its done when the mixture has almost doubled in volume and you can see a trail when you flick a spoonful of the mixture onto its surface.

2. Pour the mixture into an airtight container and put it in your freezer overnight, or for at least four hours. If you like, you can pull it out after a couple of hours and stir it so that it freezes evenly. Or not, it works almost as well.

3. Stick a spoon in and eat it. Or you could do what I did and chop up some tim tams to line your glass with. Yummo!

one scoop or two?

one scoop or two?