Jasmine Green Tea Ice Cream from Jeni Britton Bauer


[Photograph: Kelsey McClellan]

Jasmine-scented green tea infuses cream with the heady aroma of jasmine and the tannic, mouth gripping attributes of green tea. It's a very refreshing flavor for summer and makes a beautiful dessert all on its own in a pretty bowl, or as an accompaniment to a fresh apricot or cherry crisp (or just fresh apricots or cherries.)

A scoop is also delicious with white chocolate, especially Shawn Askinosie's version. This is real white chocolate, and if you haven't had it, then you haven't had anything like it. It's almost the color of an extremely pale milk chocolate, alluding to its authentic cacao origins. He also does a version with pistachios, which would be a perfect pairing with this ice cream. I'd just break off a shard and stick it right in the bowl with the jasmine green tea ice cream.

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