London fog ice cream (no churn)

London fog ice cream is a beautiful ice cream flavour that combines Earl Grey tea and vanilla. Easy to make, this no churn London fog ice cream brings you the flavours of the London fog beverage in the fresh and creamy form of homemade ice cream. No ice cream machine required for this London fog no churn ice cream!

No churn London fog ice cream. Easy to make London fog no churn ice cream. Vanilla and Earl Grey tea flavoured homemade ice cream.

An ice cream machine is high on my list. I want to be able to make delicious gelato at home. The key to good ice cream is the use of the right ingredients and I can’t wait to try my hand at that art. Because let’s just say it – gelato is an art.

Yet, I still haven’t gotten around to buying myself such a machine. Been re-organizing the space in my kitchen and it’s not a good time (yet) to welcome a new kitchen appliance. We live in a rather small apartment and space is limited. The pressure cooker I got for Christmas has lived on the kitchen table for a handful of months before I was eventually able to find it a suitable storage place. The problem is, it’s not like I totally lack the space. It’s more like I am bad at occupying it.

While I am confident that sooner rather than later I will finally get my hands on an ice cream machine – while also ensuring it will have a designated storage space that is not my kitchen table – I have to rely on no churn ice cream recipes for the time being. Guess what, making homemade ice cream is actually pretty easy.

London fog ice cream served in a glass bowl.
Homemade London fog ice cream is definitely worth a try.

Closeup of London fog ice cream, portioned in a glass bowl.

London fog ice cream

So I recently ventured into making no churn ice cream. Funny enough, while I was pondering whether I should buy myself a churner or maybe organize the space in my kitchen first, I got challenged by a food blogging colleague, Nick from Blogtastic Food to create a no churn ice cream flavour. He had made a pretty awesome one and was challenging other bloggers to get bold and come up with even more awesome flavours.

London fog is a favourite beverage of mine. I love Earl Grey tea. With milk. And vanilla syrup. Seriusly, in the winter I could have a cup of London fog anytime. I have a hard time saying what it is that I love the most – the Earl Grey tea, the hot milk or the vanilla syrup. One thing’s for sure, together they’re a recipe for perfection. So now I had to come up with a no churn ice cream flavour and I wanted to make one I’d love. I am in such a big gelato mood that I wanted to prove myself I am perfectly able to make it at home. Even without an ice cream machine.

By the way, this is my London fog recipe.

No churn London fog ice cream being scooped out.
Homemade no churn ice cream is so creamy and delicious!

London fog no churn ice cream served in two glass bowls.

How to make no churn London fog ice cream

The basis to no churn ice cream making are pretty standard. All you need is whipped cream and (sweetened) condensed milk. It’s that simple. If you don’t have any other ingredients at hand, you’re good to go with those two. You don’t even need an electric mixer if you’re up for some exercise with a hand whisk. What you need, obviously, is a freezer. And a container – preferably one made of metal for better chilling. Square or rectangular cake pans (especially loaf pans) are great for this.

To make London fog ice cream you need to play with two key flavours: Earl Grey tea and vanilla. In this London fog ice cream recipe the Earl Grey tea is steeped directly in the cream, to release its full flavour right into one of the two key ingredients. As for the vanilla, in this London fog ice cream I have used real vanilla bean, whereas in the beverage I usually go with vanilla syrup.

Two bowls of London fog ice cream.London fog ice cream tub.

Earl grey flavoured cream

To make tea flavoured cream I chose to use loose leaf Earl Grey tea and cook it directly in the cream. The first time I came across tea-flavoured whipped cream I remember that teabags were being used. I chose to go with loose leaf, instead. Loose leaf tea is much stronger. With 2 tsp of loose leaf tea I was able to give quite an intense flavour to almost half a litre of cream.

Instead of steeping the tea in the hot cream, just like you would when making tea in hot water, I added the tea to the cold cream and brought it to a boil together. As the cream cooks and warms, the tea already starts releasing its flavour. I then removed the cream from the heat just before it reached boiling temperature. By then the tea had already released most of its flavour. I kept steeping it as I cooled my cream in an ice water bath, and once it cooled to room temperature I eventually strained it.

Cream needs to be chilled to fridge temperature for best results when making whipped cream. Once chilled, Earl Grey tea flavoured cream whips like regular cream. To make London fog ice cream you want to also add some vanilla bean to the cream before whipping. Then it’s all about folding in the condensed milk and placing your ice cream in the freezer to set (5-6 hours minimum). Enjoy your London fog ice cream!

Close up of London fog ice cream in a glass bowl, two balls.

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London fog ice cream (no churn)

London fog ice cream tastes just like the hot beverage it takes its name from: a milky Earl Grey tea infused with vanilla. Easy to make, it requires only a handful of ingredients and no ice cream machine. Make this no churn London fog ice cream at home and enjoy a sweet vanilla ice cream with a distinctive scent of Earl Grey tea.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 1 hour
Resting time 6 hours
Servings 4 people
Author Eva

Ingredients

  • 480 ml heavy cream
  • 395 g sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp loose leaf Earl Grey tea
  • 1/2 vanilla bean

Instructions

  1. Combine the heavy cream and loose leaf tea in a saucepan and set on medium heat. Stir from time to time, the tea will release its flavour and colour as the cream warms. Remove from the heat just before it reaches boiling temperature. Transfer the saucepan to an ice water bath to cool to room temperature. When the mixture has cooled down, strain the cream to remove tea leaves and place in the fridge/freezer to chill completely. If chilling it in the freezer, make sure to stir it and check that it cools homogeneously and does not begin to freeze on the surface and bottom.

  2. When the tea-flavoured cream has cooled to fridge temperature, cut the vanilla bean pod in half and scrape the beans down into the cream. Whip the cream using an electric mixer. The cream needs to be whipped to hard peaks, making sure not to overbeat it.

  3. Pour the condensed milk into the whipped cream and fold it in. Pour the ice cream mixture into a container and place it in the freezer. Allow about 5-6 hours in the freezer to set before serving.

Homemade no churn London fog ice cream. Delicious homemade ice cream that requires no ice cream machine. Scented of Earl Grey tea and vanilla like the London fog hot beverage.

26 Comments

  1. Elaine Benoit June 25, 2019 at 15:48

    I’m going to surprise my hubby with your London fog ice cream. He loves earl grey tea but I can guarantee he’s never had it in an ice cream. I can’t wait to make this for him. (And for me.)

    Reply
    1. Eva July 7, 2019 at 16:09

      I hope you’ll both love it!

      Reply
  2. Veena Azmanov June 26, 2019 at 03:23

    Creamy, delicious and unique flavor.

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    1. Eva July 7, 2019 at 16:09

      Thank you!

      Reply
  3. Leslie June 26, 2019 at 15:45

    Homemade ice cream is truly the best! I’ve never had London Fog before so I’ll have to give it a try!

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    1. Eva July 7, 2019 at 16:09

      Either as the hot beverage or as the ice cream from this recipe, I’ll always recommend London Fog!

      Reply
  4. Aleta June 27, 2019 at 03:37

    Whoa, what a beautiful combination! This sounds incredibly delicious, I can’t wait to grab some cream so I can make this easy ice cream at home!

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    1. Eva July 7, 2019 at 16:10

      Thank you Aleta!

      Reply
  5. Michelle June 28, 2019 at 07:46

    This is such a lovely idea! I love Earl Grey tea but have never tried it in ice cream. Definitely have to try this!

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    1. Eva July 7, 2019 at 16:10

      If you love Earl Grey you’re gonna love it in ice cream form!

      Reply
  6. Kathryn June 28, 2019 at 14:39

    I’m been wanting to make no-churn ice cream since the weather got warmer. This sounds like a great recipe to try. Love the flavor combo!!

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    1. Eva July 7, 2019 at 16:10

      I’m a total novice when it comes to no churn ice cream but I’m already addicted!

      Reply
  7. Rebecca Blackwell June 28, 2019 at 22:53

    London Fog Ice Cream??? Holy smokes! This looks amazing. I’ve actually never made a no churn ice cream but I’m going to try this. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe an all the useful tips in the post!

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    1. Eva July 7, 2019 at 16:11

      You are very welcome, Rebecca!

      Reply
  8. Marisa F. Stewart June 30, 2019 at 13:15

    What a delicious looking ice cream. I’ve never thought about the addition of Earl Grey tea to make a frozen dessert. Sounds wonderful. And don’t you just want to hug and kiss the person who thought up no churn? I do!! And I wouldn’t worry about buying an ice cream machine when you can make delicious ice cream like this. Your photos tempt me to jump right in and grab that scoop.

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    1. Eva July 7, 2019 at 16:12

      Aww thank you Marisa! Yeah, I had never tried no churn as I was skeptical but seeing the result I was immediately hooked. Such a fantastic recipe and you can adapt it to create so many flavours!

      Reply
  9. Veronika's Kitchen June 30, 2019 at 18:23

    Ha-ha! I looove the name “London Fog” ice cream! It looks so yummy and I bet it tastes amazing! Definitely need to try this new flavor!)

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    1. Eva July 7, 2019 at 16:12

      Hope you’ll enjoy your portion of London Fog 🙂

      Reply
  10. Kelly Anthony June 30, 2019 at 21:28

    What a great way to have your favorite hot drink all summer long. This will make the perfect afternoon treat when the days are hot and steamy.

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    1. Eva July 7, 2019 at 16:13

      Yeah, no need to wait for colder days to enjoy a favourite flavour combination!

      Reply
  11. Analida Braeger June 30, 2019 at 22:31

    I have never heard of a no churn ice cream before but it sounds delicious, I usually start my day with earl grey so Im sure Id love this

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    1. Eva July 7, 2019 at 16:13

      Thank you Analida. You definitely have to try this if you love your daily dose of Earl Grey!

      Reply
  12. Amanda Mason June 30, 2019 at 23:04

    I love Early Gray tea and I would have never thought to put it in an ice cream! But now I can’t wait to try this recipe! The texture looks absolutely amazing! Loving this!

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    1. Eva July 7, 2019 at 16:14

      I was honestly surprised that no churn homemade ice cream can be so creamy! I’m in love with this recipe.

      Reply
  13. Des July 1, 2019 at 02:46

    This is all I can think of! I am needing this to snack on right now.

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    1. Eva July 7, 2019 at 16:14

      Thank you Des!

      Reply

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