Apricot Earl Grey Ice Cream

From: arielle@taronga.com (Stephanie da Silva)

Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1993 07:27:35 GMT

1 cup dried apricots (about 6 ounces)
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons Earl Grey tea leaves
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Pinch of salt
4 egg yolks
1 tablespoon apricot brandy or orange liqueur

In a small heavy saucepan, combine the apricots, 2 tablespoons of the 
sugar and 2/3 cup water.  Bring to a boil over moderate heat.  Reduce 
the heat to moderately low and simmer, uncovered, until the apricots 
are tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

Transfer the apricots and any remaining liquid to a food processor and 
puree until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice.
Set aside.

In a heavy medium saucepan, combine the milk and tea leaves.  Warm over
low heat until the milk is hot.  Remove from the heat and let steep for 
5 minutes.  Strain the milk through a fine-meshed strainer.

Return the milk to the saucepan and add the heavy cream, remaining 1/3 
cup sugar and salt.  Cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently with
a wooden spoon, until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture
is hot, 5 to 6 minutes.  Remove from the heat.

In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until blended.  Gradually whisk
in one-third of the hot cream in a thin stream, then whisk the mixture
back into the remaining cream in the saucepan.

Cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until the custard
lightly coats the back of the spoon, 5 to 7 minutes; do not let boil.

Immediately remove from the heat and strain the custard into a medium 
bowl.  Set the bowl in a larger bowl of ice and water.  Let the custard
cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.  Whisk in the reserved
apricot puree and the brandy until blended.  Cover and refrigerate
until cold, at least 6 hours or overnight.

Pour the custard into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the
manufacturer's instructions.


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