Vanilla Ice Cream with Earl Grey Syrup

Vanilla Ice Cream with Earl Grey Simple Syrup | www.purplehousecafe.com

Before I had my little girl, I was a natural-birthing, extended-breastfeeding, baby wearing, attachment parenting, co-sleeping, cloth diapering parent.

And then I had an pitocin-induced labour with no pain medication, which was both, in my opinion, quite heroic, and completely unplanned.  I used disposable diapers for a few weeks before switching to cloth, and I couldn’t figure out my baby sling for the life of me.

That changed too, and I got comfortable with carrying my girl everywhere, thrice weekly loads of laundry, and co-sleeping.

Then along came Dora.

The Explorer, that is.

Because along with the confusion and sleeplessness of new motherhood came the realization that nothing is as black and white as being a natural-birthing, extended-breastfeeding, baby wearing, attachment parenting, co-sleeping and cloth diapering parent.  Because once in a while, I just want to curl up on the couch and zone out while Ada stares, rapt, at the computer screen while an episode of Dora plays.  

Vanilla Ice Cream with Earl Grey Simple Syrup | www.purplehousecafe.com

She snuggles in a little closer when Swiper the Fox comes along to take whatever treasure Dora and her pal Boots have found, and though I never planned for Ada to ever see the glow of a television screen in her childhood years, I don’t feel the least bit concerned about the small ways we’ve stepped out of the black and white and into the grey.

Note:  this recipe started out as an attempt to make a tea affogato.  It didn’t work (read: watery ice cream).  Then I tried to pour the warm syrup over the ice cream, like a hot tea sundae (??), but ultimately, it was best chilled and drizzled over the ice cream.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Earl Grey Syrup
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 2 heaping teaspoons quality Earl Grey loose leaf tea
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring just to a boil over medium heat, and then remove from the heat, allowing the tea to steep for approximately five minutes. Strain the syrup, pour into an air-tight container and refrigerate.
  2. Scoop vanilla ice cream into a bowl and pour desired amount of syrup over it. Enjoy.
Notes
  1. This recipe is easily halved for a smaller amount of simple syrup.
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