Black tea gelato with blueberry swirl

Black tea gelato with a blueberry swirl topped with fresh blueberries

It’s been a while since I’ve been to the Union Square green market and during my absence, the south side of the park has exploded with summer berries, fruits, and veggies. One of my finds was a delightfully fragrant basket of small blueberries.

Blueberries are loaded with nutrients and phytochemicals that have been associated with lowering the risk of cancer, preventing Alzheimer’s, lowering blood pressure and preventing urinary tract infections. As good as they are for you, I’ve never been a huge fan except in baked goods and pancakes, but this basket looked so tasty I decided it’s high time I give this underutilized berry a chance to be something more than a mere afterthought.

Helen over at Tartelette made some blueberry swirl ice cream the other day which looked absolutely phenomenal, thus an idea was born. Not wanting to be unoriginal and wanting to preserve some of the healthiness of the blueberries (ok… now that’s a total lie because this is by no-stretch of the imagination healthy), I decided to go with a gelato base (which uses no egg yolks and less cream). L has been drinking this blueberry tea that always smells fantastic so that’s where the tea idea came from.

This is quite possibly the best churned frozen thing I’ve ever made. It’s not quite as simple as the custard-less varieties I’ve posted about here, here, and here, but since it doesn’t use egg yolks it’s somewhat simpler while being ultra creamy and velvety smooth. The combination of the creamy tea and tart floral blueberries was what really shone and made me wonder why no-one uses teas other than matcha for ice cream? I’m thinking combo’s like Earl Grey and lemon curd, or strawberry jasmine, or even mugicha (roasted barley) fudge would be sublime.

for gelato
1 3/4 C whole milk
1/4 C heavy cream
1/3 C sugar
2 Tbs corn starch
1 tablespoon of any black tea (in a teabag preferably)

for blueberry swirl
1/2 C blueberries
1 Tbs sugar
1 tsp corn starch

Pour 1 3/4 C whole milk into a 2 cup liquid measuring cup then add 1/4 cup of cream. Stir, then pour 1 1/2 C of the liquid into a small saucepan. Add the sugar to the sauce pan and heat over medium heat until you see wisps of steam rising (but it’s not boiling). Turn the heat off and steep the tea until the liquid is a creamy caramel color. Remove the tea bag(s) or strain the liquid if you used loose leaf tea.

Add the corn starch to the remaining 1/2 C of milk mixture and whisk to combine. Pour this into the saucepan and whisk to combine. Return to the stove and heat over medium heat stirring with a silicone spatula to make sure the milk doesn’t burn.

Once the mixture is the consistency of thin gravy, take it off the heat and put it in a bowl to cool to room temperature then put the bowl in the refrigerator to cool completely.

For the swirl just combine the blueberries, sugar and starch and mix together in a small saucepan over low heat. As the blueberries start to release their juices, stir vigorously to slightly crush the blueberries and to ensure the starch doesn’t clump. Turn up the heat to medium and cook, stirring until the sauce has thickened. Cool to room temperature then throw it in the fridge until you’re ready to use.

Follow your ice cream maker’s directions to freeze the gelato, then when it’s finished, swirl in the blueberry mixture with a spatula.

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com/ Manggy

    What a great unique touch, Marc– I was a little skeptical about the mouthfeel of the gelato since it barely has any cream, but the fact that it was the best frozen dessert you’ve made has intrigued me :)

    No blueberries here though (least not for cheap), so maybe I can re-make my blackberry ice cream using this, haha :)

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com manggy

    What a great unique touch, Marc– I was a little skeptical about the mouthfeel of the gelato since it barely has any cream, but the fact that it was the best frozen dessert you’ve made has intrigued me :)

    No blueberries here though (least not for cheap), so maybe I can re-make my blackberry ice cream using this, haha :)

  • http://www.sugarbar.org/ diva

    this is an awesome flavour. it looks and sounds so cool. but, not a fan of blueberries?! shame. i’m so pleased you made this though. when i finally find time to make gelato, this recipe will be the first! x

  • http://www.sugarbar.org diva

    this is an awesome flavour. it looks and sounds so cool. but, not a fan of blueberries?! shame. i’m so pleased you made this though. when i finally find time to make gelato, this recipe will be the first! x

  • http://www.figandcherry.com/ Christie @ fig&cherry

    Yum, yum! Looks great. Blueberry tea? I’d love to try that.

  • http://www.figandcherry.com/ Christie @ fig&cherry

    Yum, yum! Looks great. Blueberry tea? I’d love to try that.

  • http://www.tartelette.blogspot.com/ Tartelette

    Love it Marc! Great take on gelato, and tell L. “right on” because I love blueberry tea :)
    I am on the next plane with my spoon!

  • http://www.tartelette.blogspot.com Tartelette

    Love it Marc! Great take on gelato, and tell L. “right on” because I love blueberry tea :)
    I am on the next plane with my spoon!

  • http://canarygirl.com/ canarygirl

    Oh my heavens, this looks and sounds amazing! I am totally loving your ideas for teas and fruits mixed into gelatos! Strawberry jasmine? Good lord…someone better help me. lol

  • http://canarygirl.com canarygirl

    Oh my heavens, this looks and sounds amazing! I am totally loving your ideas for teas and fruits mixed into gelatos! Strawberry jasmine? Good lord…someone better help me. lol

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    Now thats a creative flavour Marc…beautiful combination. I also love the other suggested ideas…keep ‘em coming!

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    Now thats a creative flavour Marc…beautiful combination. I also love the other suggested ideas…keep ‘em coming!

  • http://www.cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com/ Aran

    hmm… “healthy” gelato!

  • http://www.cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com Aran

    hmm… “healthy” gelato!

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com/ Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Yes! Sounds amazingly delicious. I’d been toying with an idea in the same vein as this, I’ll have to get on and actually make it now. Ah, blueberries, is there nothing they can’t do? ;)

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Yes! Sounds amazingly delicious. I’d been toying with an idea in the same vein as this, I’ll have to get on and actually make it now. Ah, blueberries, is there nothing they can’t do? ;)

  • http://www.culinarydisaster.com/wordpress Jeff

    drool…looks awesome and have to say you read my mind. I have been wanting to do a blood orange gelato but was having a difficult time finding a good base.

  • http://www.culinarydisaster.com/wordpress Jeff

    drool…looks awesome and have to say you read my mind. I have been wanting to do a blood orange gelato but was having a difficult time finding a good base.

  • http://www.zoebakes.com/ Zoë François

    This looks like a must have today as the temperature climbs to 95 degrees. Excellent idea and so beautiful!

  • http://www.zoebakes.com Zoë François

    This looks like a must have today as the temperature climbs to 95 degrees. Excellent idea and so beautiful!

  • http://newlywedcooking.blogspot.com/ sharon

    Ahh, I feel cooled off already. What could be better than gelato on a hot day?

  • http://newlywedcooking.blogspot.com sharon

    Ahh, I feel cooled off already. What could be better than gelato on a hot day?

  • http://asoutherngrace.blogspot.com/ grace

    how beautiful. this is something that’s perfect for a hot summer day, but i’d eat it even if the temperature was well below zero. bravo!

  • http://asoutherngrace.blogspot.com grace

    how beautiful. this is something that’s perfect for a hot summer day, but i’d eat it even if the temperature was well below zero. bravo!

  • http://www.canelakitchen.blogspot.com/ Gloria

    Marc this gelatto look really amazing and yummy!!! Love blueberries! Gloria

  • http://www.canelakitchen.blogspot.com Gloria

    Marc this gelatto look really amazing and yummy!!! Love blueberries! Gloria

  • http://www.noblepig.com/ noble pig

    This just sounds like something I could 14 gallons of.

  • http://www.noblepig.com/ noble pig

    This just sounds like something I could 14 gallons of.

  • growitgreen

    I love gelato, but it is difficult to find a shop that makes it in my small town in S.C. so, I have to make it myself when I get a craving. I appreciate all of the recipes I can get my hands on. Check out this “cool” article about gelato at http://www.foodista.com

  • growitgreen

    I love gelato, but it is difficult to find a shop that makes it in my small town in S.C. so, I have to make it myself when I get a craving. I appreciate all of the recipes I can get my hands on. Check out this “cool” article about gelato at http://www.foodista.com

  • http://whiteonricecouple.com/ White On Rice Couple

    Wow, this is pretty awesome combo of tea, gelato and blueberries. It’s so global and delicious!

  • http://whiteonricecouple.com White On Rice Couple

    Wow, this is pretty awesome combo of tea, gelato and blueberries. It’s so global and delicious!

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