Vanilla Bean Ice Cream {for a special tea party}

A few weeks ago, my friend Dorothy posted the cauuuuutest tea party she’d hosted for her daughter (including a to-die-for white chocolate cheesecake dip).  I have to admit, I was a little bit envious that I didn’t have a little girl to host a tea party for.  I mean, let’s face it: as the mother of a four-year old boy, we don’t have many tea parties around my joint.

So, imagine my excitement when Donsuemor contacted me about hosting a tea party of my own!  You know what that means, right?  A total excuse to host a tea party for Doodle–whoot!  There’s no reason boys can’t attend tea parties, right?  Plus, what kid doesn’t love cookies?

For the tea party, Donsuemor sent me a variety of madeleines to serve, along with some Davidson’s Organic Tea.  I had visions of a cute little boy tea party, complete with mini quiche cups and fruit skewers, all worked out in my head.  Doodle and I would enjoy our “fine dining” at his Handy Manny table, with seats added for his current best pals: Super Mario and Mickey Mouse.

But when the time came, Doodle was a little more interested in heading out to the backyard with Daddy than he was in sipping tea with me.  “Sorry, mom,” he called back over his shoulder.  “Will you bring my cookies out on a plate?”

So instead, I snipped a few fresh hydrangea blooms from my bush, stuck them in a make-shift vase, and loaded up our madeleines on a plate–eating them on our outside patio rather than inside, as I’d planned.  And, once Doodle discovered  cookies were part of the deal, he wasn’t interested in eating anything else.

Donsuemor sent us four different madeleines to try: traditional, chocolate, chocolate-dipped, and lemon.  Doodle and I enjoyed ours on the outside patio, and he had the best time sampling each of the cookies.

I can’t deny it; I did, too.

I was actually very surprised at just how yummy these little cookies were.  Each cookie tasted like it was freshly baked; I’d sort of expected them to be a bit dry–but that wasn’t the case at all!  These were the perfect little cookies for our tea party on the fly!

Doodle said his favorite was the chocolate-dipped, while I was partial towards the chocolate.  But if we’re being honest, I finished all of the cookies left on his plate after he ran off to play with the Tall Boy, ’cause they were all pretty darn tasty.  It’s totally awesome that these cookies came individually wrapped–it makes it a little harder for me to swipe a cookie unnoticed this way.

And while Doodle isn’t into tea, the Tall Boy and I drink it frequently.  Although the Tall Boy typically prefers a “plain” tea, I’m in love with flavored tea.  For our party, I made Bing Cherry Almond, which tasted  Not only that, but my kitchen smelled fabulous during brewing, and the wonderful scent filled the room for the entire afternoon.

I initially made some warm tea to go along with the cookies.  However, since it’s already in the 90’s here, I brewed some additional tea and served it iced later in the afternoon.  Heaven!

Also, since it’s typically our tradition to make ice cream over Memorial Day weekend, I made homemade vanilla bean ice cream–which was perfect with the chocolate madeleines on the side.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream {for a special tea party}
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Heat the milk and the and sugar in a saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the milk; add the bean pod to the milk. Cover, remove from heat, and let infuse for one hour.
  2. To make the ice cream, place a 2-quart bowl in a larger bowl partially filled with ice and water. Pour the cream into the bowl.
  3. In another bowl, stir together the egg yolks. Rewarm the milk and gradually pour some of the milk into the yolks to temper, whisking constantly. Add the warmed milk and eggs back into the saucepan.
  4. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the custart thickens enough to coat the back of a spatula.
  5. Pour the custard into the heavy cream. Stir over the ice until cool, and add the vanilla extract. Refrigerate; overnight is best.
  6. Remove the vanilla bean and freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.


For more information on Donsuemor, visit their website. Or, you can like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. To purchase their yummy madeleines and little cakes, you can shop online.

I’m linked up at these great parties this week: Crazy Sweet Tuesdays, Trick or Treat Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Cast Party Wednesday, Whip it Up Wednesdays, Eat, Pray {Read}, Love, Sweet Treats Thursday, Mrs. Fox’s Sweets, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, Itsy Bitsy Paper, Crumbs and Chaos,  I’m Lovin’ It Fridays, and Weekend Potluck!

Donsuemor provided me with the madeleines and the tea for my party.  However, all opinions expressed are my own, ’cause that’s how I roll.  True story.


  1. Hayley

    Ooooh, homemade vanilla bean ice cream–yummo! Hey, at least you tried with the boy tea party. Even if it didn’t work out, you got free yummy cookies and tea out of it… though I do feel kinda bad Mickey and Mario missed out 🙂 that cherry almond tea sounds SO good with the chocolate or lemon cookies.
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  2. Kim

    Yum! Homemade ice cream is a birthday tradition around here. But we rarely make vanilla.
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  3. Donsuemor

    Can’t believe you made ice cream! How amazing is that? So glad you enjoyed the products.
    Thank you so much, & please keep in touch.



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