Sweet Tea Gelato Recipe

Black tea infuses in an Italian classic.


3 cup whole milk
Peel from 1 lemon (reserve the lemon)
1⁄4 generous cup loose black tea, preferably White Heron
2 1⁄2 cup heavy cream
3⁄4 cup plus 2 tsp sugar
2 1⁄2 tbsp honey
1⁄3 cup plus 1 tbsp powdered milk
1⁄2 tsp, generous, xanthan gum
3⁄4 tsp kosher salt
1 large egg
1 egg yolk


Step 1: In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, lemon peel and black tea leaves. Place the saucepan over medium-low heat, cover it and bring the liquid to a simmer. When the liquid begins to bubble, turn off the heat and let it sit for 20 minutes.

Step 2: Strain the milk mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl and discard the tea leaves and lemon peel.

Step 3: In a saucepan, combine the tea-infused milk with the cream and bring the liquid to a simmer over medium heat. Turn heat to low and add the sugar, honey, powdered milk, xanthan gum and salt, whisking gently to combine. Turn off the heat.

Step 4: In a large bowl, lightly beat the egg and yolk. Temper them by whisking in a spoonful of the hot cream mixture. Add the eggs to the saucepan and whisk to blend.

Step 5: Set the pan over low heat and slowly bring the mixture up to 173°F, stirring the bottom of the pan often with a rubber spatula. Remove the pan from the heat.

Step 6: Using an immersion blender, preferably, or a hand mixer, blend the mixture for 1 minute. Then transfer it to a container and refrigerate until it’s chilled all the way through, at least a couple of hours.

Step 7: Remove the chilled mixture from the refrigerator and whisk in the juice of half the reserved lemon. Strain it through a fine-mesh sieve, pour it into an ice cream maker, and follow the instructions on the machine. Makes 1 quart.

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Reprinted from Roberta’s Cookbook Copyright (c) 2013 by Carlo Mirarchi, Brandon Hoy, Chris Parachini and Katherine Wheelock. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.