scented: cardamom green tea frozen yogurt

by Chen

hmm…cardamom, a type of spice that usually appears in the dessert and tea and curry recipes.

It was actually on the pricey side, but I just got curious.

I thought it should be similar to one of my favorite spices, cinnamon. Cardamon, however, smelled very different–lemony and fruity and a little pungent while cinnamon was honestly warm.

So, it might go well with spring/summer dishes, including sweet goods and light meat. Which one should I try first? My new ice cream machine answered for me.

A note from the day after: If you are to try this recipe, PLEASE use higher fat content milk and yogurt. The non-fat version crystallizes. Now I have an over-sized ice cube.

cardamom green tea frozen yogurt
“Fat-free” makes this frozen yogurt likely to crystallize in the freezer after several hours even with gelatin added. Therefore, if that happens, let the frozen yogurt stand at room temperature for a while (at least 20 minutes) until it starts to soften. Gently stir before serving if needed.

1 cup cold non-fat milk
1/2 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 green tea bags
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 tbsp honey
2 cups non-fat vanilla greek yogurt (or 2 cups plain greek yogurt + 1 tsp vanilla + 3 tbsp sugar)

Pour the milk in a nonstick sauce pan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold milk and let it stand for 1 minute. Place the tea bags in the mixture and add 1/2 tsp cardamom. Gently heat the mixture over low heat and stir often.

When the gelatin is dissolved and the milk comes to a simmer, turn off the heat. Cover and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. Discard the tea bags and let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Whisk together milk mixture, honey, and yogurt until well combined (use a blender for better result). Cover and refrigerate overnight or until chilled. The mixture will be thick.

Freeze in the ice cream machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.