Tea sorbet

Choose black China tea: either Lapsang Suchong or Keemam, both of which are available from good supermarkets and specialist food shops. Do not use Indian or other teas: they are too strong.


serves 8
10 1/2 teaspoons China tea
150 g (5 oz) sugar
600 ml (1 pint) boiling water
juice of 2 lemons
4 egg whites


1. Put the tea into a large heatproof bowl with the sugar. Pour over the boiling water and stir until the sugar has dissolved, then cover and leave to stand for 1 hour.

2. Strain the tea through a very fine sieve into a jug. Stir in the lemon juice, then pour into a 1 litre (2 pint) metal loaf tin or other freezerproof container. Cover tightly with foil and freeze in the freezer (or freezing compartment of refrigerator turned to its coldest setting) for 2 1/2 hours, or until half-frozen and slushy.

3. Remove from the freezer, turn into a bowl and mash with a fork to break up the ice crystals, then whisk briefly until smooth. Return to container, cover and freeze for a further 2 hours, or until firm.

4. In a clean, dry bowl, whisk egg whites until standing in soft peaks.

5. Remove the tea ice from freezer, turn into a large bowl and break up with a fork as before, mashing well. Whisk the ice until smooth, then slowly whisk in the egg whites. Return the mixture to the container, cover and freeze for a further 4 hours, until firm.

6. To serve: remove from the freezer and soften at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. Scoop or spoon into small serving dishes. Serve at once.

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Are you actually using raw egg whites in this recipe?!
posted by D @ 11:35PM, 3/09/09
Anyone who works with food should know that raw eggs are potential carriers of salmonella and there should always be a pasteurization step when using eggs in recipes (unless the eggs are already pasteurized, of course).
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