Creamy, indulgent milk tea ice cream with honeycomb and brioche crumb.
Where do ideas come from? Are they born out of a practical need, a means to fix a problem. Or are they more ethereal, an energy source all of their own choosing us when we are open to accepting and nurturing them, as writer Elizabeth Gilbert describes in her book ‘Big Magic‘ which is an excellent read by the way. Although I love this concept and hope this is true, I am a little sceptical. I believe ideas are the end point, the joining of lots of little snippets of information, words, pictures, experiences we consume over a period of time whether that’s over our whole lives or just a few hours. So quite often we genuinely don’t know where the idea came from.
Its the same for recipe development. I truly believe there is probably no 100% original recipe. It is virtually impossible to avoid consuming outside influences, unless we have been isolated on a desert island for most of our life. Anyway this tangent started because i sat down to write this post and thought why did i decide to make this ice cream, where did the idea come from. Its obviously not original, tea ice cream, honeycomb and brioche crumb have all been made before. Yet I cannot pinpoint a specific thing that triggered the idea. Sometimes I think I have a starting point for a recipe, either a colour palette I want to use, an ingredient, a flavour combination, the desire to just make ice cream or cake, a happy accident or maybe just a word. Anyway however it came to be I’m very happy it did because this milk tea ice cream is heavenly.
The ice cream is very creamy and quite rich but there is just enough tannin from the tea to cut through the creaminess a little. The addition of the honeycomb and brioche crumb is so good. The honeycomb adding a crunchy texture and hit of caramel. The brioche crumb softens slightly to add a chewy almost cookie dough like texture which I absolutely loved. I still have a little of this ice cream left but I’am savouring it. This time last year I made a delicious lychee and hibiscus ice cream which you can check out here.
What do you think about ideas, where do yours start from?
Have a lovely week everyone, thanks for reading. x