Thursday, November 02, 2006
Mint Coca Leaf Ice Cream
According to wikipedia you can use coca leaf for flavor as long as you don't use any of the alkaloids. So, that is what I'm doing. . . just using the flavor. . . which tastes like green tea.
I found the the mate/tea in Sunset Park, the source of many things good in Brooklyn.
Here is the recipe:
Mint Coca Tea Ice Cream
1.5 cup light cream
3 tbsp coca tea or crushed dried coca leaf
.5 cup of chopped fresh mint leaf
2 egg yolks
.5 cup granulated sugar
1. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, bring cream to a simmer. Remove from heat. Stir in tea and mint leaves and let stand for 10 minutes.
2. In a bowl, whisk egg yolks with sugar until thickened and pale yellow. Gradually whisk in cream mixture.
3. Return entire mixture to the saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Be careful not to let it boll. Strain into a clean large bowl. Let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate until cold.
4. Transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
It is good. Basically the same thing as green tea ice cream, but has a slightly alfalfa smell to it.
I'm going eat the whole thing tonight and see if it has any effect whatsoever. Doubtful.