Tonka Bean and Rice Milk Sherbet Milkshakes with Pistachio, Raspberry and Buttermilk Tea Cakes

The warm weather is back and I have been having an unusual urge to make creamy, thick and frothy milkshakes. I have never been one to order a milkshake at a restaurant. In fact, I think I might have only had two milkshakes in my entire life. Ok, maybe a couple more, but not many, that’s for sure. So this sudden craving caught me by surprise.

When I thought about flavors, I thought of the horchatas we used to drink as kids in the summer time. Then I remembered I had some tonka beans that Helen sent to me a few months ago and thought they would be perfect in a sherbet with a hint of cinnamon and rice milk.

We had the milkshakes in the afternoon with these pistachio, raspberry and buttermilk tea cakes. The sweetness and warmth of the cinnamon and the tonka bean are the perfect contrast to the slightly sour raspberries. For those of you who have never tasted a tonka bean, think of almonds, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves together. Very, very aromatic and it goes perfect with milk and custards. It is a very “homey” aroma to me.

In my opinion, the tea cakes are better the next day, after they have had a chance to sit in the refrigerator overnight. There is quite a bit of brown sugar in these making them retain a lot of moisture. I really hope you try them.

Tonka Bean and Cinnamon Horchata Sherbet

450 grams rice milk
125 grams sugar
2 grams sorbet stabilizer
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp grated tonka bean
200 grams heavy cream

In a medium saucepan, simmer the rice milk, tonka bean and cinnamon for about 15 minutes to infuse the milk. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar and the sorbet stabilizer really well. Bring the milk to a boil and add the sugar and stabilizer mixture. Whisk and let it come back to a boil so sugar dissolves.

Strain the milk mixture through a fine sieve into a clean bowl. Let this cool over an ice bath. When cooled, add the heavy cream and whisk to combine.

Let the mixture mature in the refrigerator overnight and churn in ice cream machine. Freeze.

Tonka Bean and Rice Milk Sherbet Milkshake

In a blender, combine about 2 scoops of the sherbet and a splash of whole milk and blend until smooth and frothy.

Pistachio, Raspberry and Buttermilk Tea Cakes

170 grams butter
150 grams light brown sugar
125 grams granulated sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
180 grams buttermilk
180 grams flour
4 grams baking powder
3 grams salt
25 grams pistachios, chopped
80 grams raspberries (I used frozen)

Cream together the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon zest and vanilla extract until light. Add the eggs one at a time. Scrape the bowl. Mix flour and salt and while mixing in low speed, add half of it into the bowl. Follow with half of the buttermilk. Add the rest of the flour and finish with the buttermilk. Scrape and mix until all combined.

Fold in pistachios and raspberries. Spray molds with cooking spray or and fill half way with batter. Bake at 350F until light golden brown.

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60 Responses to “Tonka Bean and Rice Milk Sherbet Milkshakes with Pistachio, Raspberry and Buttermilk Tea Cakes”

  1. Linda says:

    oh wow.. i was looking for a recipe for tea cakes and here it is. Do you think I could substitute pistachio for coconut?

  2. morgana says:

    Aquí me tienes, como siempre, babeando como una boba frente a tus fantásticas fotos.

    Este año en España el invierno está siendo implacable, parece que no vaya a acabarse nunca. ¿Cuándo podremos darnos el gusto de desear cosas fresquitas?

    Nunca había oído hablar de estas semillas, pero por la forma en que las describes tienen que ser muy peculiares y dejar un sabor delicioso en esos fantásticos batidos.

    Enhorabuena una vez más por tu trabajo. Un abrazo, Aran.

  3. Sophie says:

    OOOOh, Wow, this combination looks fantastic! MMMMmmmm…

  4. Adi says:

    Hi Aran,
    Do you know where I can find Tonka Beans? I tried looking online but was not very successful…

  5. Mobula says:

    Empiezas ya con los sorbetes y batidos veraniegos??? Todavía tengo en mente uno de limón con buttermilk también que hiciste el año pasado. antes de que termine el período de las rebajas me compro la maquina de helados, por otra cosa también, ya sabes,…

    Me quedo con todo sin saber que elegir, pero ahora me tocará buscar las habas toka por algún lado, si es que me encapricho de todo…

    Besos, besos,


  6. Laura says:

    I should seriously consider stopping visiting your blog. It is bad for my diet, as it is so full of tempations! But i will not, i love it too much :)

  7. MISSANILLOS says:

    Hola Aran,

    Una pregunta, tienes pasteleria en Amorebieta??

  8. la ninja says:

    Mmm… horchata!!!
    I’m craving it now, look what you’ve done!! (and it’s not even warm where I am, ha ha!)

    As per usual, fab recipe & piccies and the feeling it is easy to make all these edible gems you post… Haven’t even tried ‘cos I think the disappointment may be too great (when I attempt them, that is) so I’ll keep dreaming I’m somewhere else, warm and far away shores, milkshake/horchata in hand while I keep reading your pretty blog!

    Gracias :)

  9. Aran says:

    Linda- definitely, but make sure you use unsweetened coconut.

    Morgana- ya se que estais teniendo un invierno horrible. A ver si para semana santa empieza a verse un poco mas de primavera. las semillas estan son bastante desconocidas aqui tambien. Me las envio una amiga.

    Adi- I’m not sure where you can purchase them. My friend Helen sent them to me. I will have to check with her and then I will get back to you.

    Ana- Es que aqui ya hace calor!

    missanillos- bueno, no es mia pero si de mi familia. Es la tienda que abrio mi abuelo hace 60 annos y donde trabajan mis tios, primos, tias y hasta hace poco mi madre. La conoces?

    La Ninja- try the tea cakes. so easy!

    Thanks everyone!

  10. b comme bon says:

    Toujours autant de douceur… et de délicatesse… même si ici il neige ce milkshake fait très envie… hier j’ai fait les mêmes petits gâteaux mais avec des cerises amarena…

  11. I had horchata in Spain once and loved it! Your pictures are making me drool!

  12. ooo goregous, I’ve never had tonka beans but am hoping to get my hands on some in Paris in a couple of weeks!!

  13. Ayse says:

    as always beautiful pictures and beautiful recipes.
    I believe tonka beans are banned in USA and UK b/c they contain some kind of toxic. I think it’s the same deal with absinthe.

  14. Aran says:

    Ayse- you are right. i was just reading about it and it is banned because it contains coumarin which in large doses can be toxic. I didn’t know that. I only used a small amount here, which is plenty because it’s so fragrant.So I guess all of those in the US won’t be able to buy any. Sorry.

  15. Ooooh, I love that you have something posted that contains an ingredient that is banned! You wild woman! I think it takes a lot of tonka beans to get a toxic effect, though! The milkshakes look crazy good!

  16. VeggieGirl says:

    STUNNING!! Love that you used ricemilk :-D

  17. Botacook says:

    What a treat! This is magnificent. I love visiting your blog, because beyond the lovely recipes and wonderful photos, I have the feeling to smell and feel a spring breeze, and that’s pleasant :)

  18. I love the addictive flavor of tonka beans! Both the milkshake and sherbet sound fantastic! Your pictures are marvelous…



  19. Tartelette says:

    Welcome spring! These are so refreshing!

    My mom sent me those tonka beans from France. However, one can find them on ebay pretty easily. Tonka beans are not toxic but they contain coumarin which is active ingredient found in a common blood thinner called Coumadin. Ingested in great quantities it could pose problem for people taking the medication. But, in most recipes using Tonka beans, both in Europe and in the US a very small amount is used so unless you eat the entire batch of tea cakes at once while taking Coumadin, it is safe to eat. Like everything in life (except for love and chocolate), moderation is key.

  20. yes Aran…now those buttermilk cakes are something I’d really like to try. Do you have tsp measures? I’d never be able to weigh stuff like 4gms on my rickety old scale. Never heard of tonka beans, but your milkshakes have given me an instant high! they are wicked…yum yum!

  21. Chelsea says:

    I’ve been fantasizing about tonka beans for over a year now. I had them as a flavoring in a salad that I had at Bar Tartine in SF. I found some online sources but never actually made the purchase. Now I think I definitely should!

  22. Zerogluten says:

    El batido me parece una receta maravillosa. A mi me pasa lo mismo que a tí. Pocas veces tomo batidos en la calle. En un establecimiento muy famoso en Sevilla Ochoa, porque son artesanales y diferentes, si no solo los caseros. El tuyo me lo apunto para hacerlo, pero sin haba tonka, no por la prohibición, es que hace tiempo que la busco y solo la he encontrado en grandes cantidades y a un precio prohibitivo.
    Por cierto, el anis estrellado también está prohibido y se sigue pudiendo comprar en herboristerias y pequeños comercios. Sin embargo en grandes superficies es imposible encontrarlo. Lo digo a modo de curiosidad, porque yo lo tengo y lo uso, jeje.
    Besitos sin gluten

  23. Rita says:

    Aran, your pictures are always so inspiring! I love horchata, but never heard of tonka beans before. Can I ask you a question…on the sherbet picture, what is behind it? Looks like some kind of pitcher? I am just curious, I can’t make out what it is and it’s killing me! Hahaha…

  24. Bri says:

    How do you get such a light and clean image? It’s amazing! I always try my best, but my images are always dark…:( No matter what i use – camera light, or daylight.

  25. Those milkshakes actually sound really healthy, and would make a nice guilt-free treat. Lovely photo.

  26. Nichole says:

    Lovely! Tonka beans, I learn something new each day. They are now in my must-try-soon binder.

  27. leaca says:

    I have said this before…we should be neighbors. How do you feel about freezing your bum off up north???


  28. ChichaJo says:

    Everything sounds delicious! I love horchata! Fell in love with it over one trip to Barcelona :)

  29. Christy says:

    Yummy!! The weather here’s warming up again as well; funny thing is, it’s summer here! I never drink much milkshake either but only because they all taste so fake and are served in huuge portions that I wouldn’t be able to finish. I love how you baked the tea cakes in different tins, and how you cut them into cubes to go with the milkshake. Perfect, I’d say!

  30. Hayley says:

    Both of these treats look incredible. And those tonka beans sound deliciously warm and flavorful. Thanks for sharing!

  31. cindy* says:

    so fresh aran and somehow very summery too! i will be bookmarking this tea cake recipe as well.

  32. lynda says:

    Wow! I’ve never even heard of a tonka bean before. You just amaze me…the things you come up with and how beautifully you execute them. Those tea cakes are the prettiest little things!
    Such a treat to visit..

    P.S. I made your milk chocolate mousse as part of a Valentine’s dessert.I hope to blog about it soon. So, so yummy…yum-alicious!So happy I found you!

  33. Cakebrain says:

    I’ve heard so much about Tonka Beans but have yet to taste them. In fact, I wouldn’t even know where to find them! The desserts look lovely, as usual!

  34. 190.arch says:

    La horchata es uno de los mejores sabores de mi vida!!

    Saludos desde Milán : )

  35. Jeremy says:

    Your site is awesome and always amazes me, thanks for the inspiration!


  36. you’re killing me aran…i’ll be there in a sec…warm eather? milk shakes? rasberry buttermilk tea cakes? you’re killing me…

  37. I was going to pipe in for the tonka beans, but Tartelette beat me to it.

    Love the shot of the milkshakes: did you use shot glasses for that?


  38. Bridget says:

    Oh, those little tea cakes look so sweet!

  39. Camille says:

    I remember drinking something similar to a horchata when I had been dating a man from the Phillipines. We had then a lot. These were really delicious.

    Your Tonka Bean and Rice Milk Sherbet Milkshake sounds out of this world yummy, especially on a hot day.

  40. Cakespy says:

    Sweet and cute! Eep! And once again you’ve introduced me to a new ingredient–I’d never heard of Tonka beans before. I had always thought Tonka was a type of truck, but silly me, if it can be used as an instrument of dessert-itude, I am on board! :-)

  41. Aran says:

    Sylvie- yes, those are shot glasses indeed!

    Thank you everyone. I really wish I could share what I do with all of you!

  42. I don’t think I’ve ever had tonka beans, but I keep hearing about them. I’ll have to look into that. I’ve also been in a milkshake mood lately–I need to make some now, too! And the tea cakes look like the perfect pairing

  43. Hi Aran,
    Two quick questions.
    What camera are you using these days? Your photos are exquisite.
    and do you weigh your liquids?
    Thank you for sharing your wonderfulness.

  44. simplesong says:

    yum! i’m going to try this this weekend. thanks for your constantly inspiring work … that always makes me hungry too! :]

  45. Kristin says:

    Beautiful pictures! I wonder if tonka beans are banned in Canada? I am going to try to find some because this looks amazing! Plus, I just got an ice cream maker!!

  46. The pistachio raspberry and buttermilk cakes sound so delicious. And I love the idea of playing with milkshakes. Sounds fabulous. Glad the weather is warming up.

  47. eleonora says:

    Your blog is super. So are your photographies. They make me hungry. I have spent a nice moment when seeing them. Thanks a lot.

  48. Kolenka says:

    Gorgeous photos, Aran! And must be delicious dessert!

  49. linda says:

    Will have to put tonka beans on my ingredient-list to search for ;)
    Would love to taste the combination, looks and sounds delicious!

  50. Helene says:

    It’s such a pleasure to visit your blog. Stunning pictures.

  51. We had tonka bean ice cream on the dessert menu in a fine dining restaurant I once worked for and I was endlessly fascinated by the flavor and the aroma. Really familiar and yet kind of mysterious all at the same time. You are brilliant to mix them with rice.

  52. What a fantastic idea..I LOVE your blog..really original and very inspirational.THANKS!

  53. heidileon says:

    pues si, ahora me teneis salibando en Shanghai en este crudo invierno por horchatas y fresas. Pero me alivia saber que podre hacer miles de tonka milkshakes ahora que llegue la primavera!

  54. How amazing! I’ve never heard of Tonka beans before. Is there somewhere you can buy then in the US?

  55. Aran says:

    Erin- I didn’t really know about this but I heard they are banned in the US. I got them from a friend who got them from her parents in france, so I’m not sure. Sorry… Have you tried googling it?

  56. Sarah Jane says:

    Wowee wow wow. So delicate and beautiful. A very glamorous horchata.

  57. Anonymous says:

    I found tonka beans in a local wiccan store in Salem, MA. Apparently they’re used in spells. They carry all kinds of obscure herbs and botanicals. Try one of those shops as some of them sell online.

  58. Chacha says:

    Hello Hello !!
    I’m french and i love your website ! It’s so lovely (so english :) ) your pictures are wonderful, and your recipes sound delicious !
    Congratulations !
    See you soon xx

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