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Basil Ice Cream

Rated as 4.36 out of 5 Stars

"Homemade ice cream with an elegant basil flavor will cool down any hot summer day!"
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Original recipe yields 16 servings (2 quarts)


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  1. COOK 1 cup milk in a heavy saucepan over low heat until bubbly. Stir in 1 cup basil leaves, and remove from heat. Cover and let stand at room temperature 20 minutes.
  2. PROCESS basil mixture in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding solids. Set aside.
  3. COOK remaining 1 cup milk, whipping cream, and 1/2 cup sugar in saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, just until mixture is bubbly. Remove from heat.
  4. BEAT egg yolks and remaining 1/2 cup sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until thick and pale. Gradually stir about one-fourth of hot milk mixture into yolks; add to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly. Stir in basil mixture and, if desired, liqueur; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 6 minutes or until mixture thickens and coats a spoon. Cover and chill 4 hours.
  5. POUR chilled mixture into freezer container of a 1-gallon electric ice-cream freezer, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
  6. Pack with additional ice and rock salt, and let stand 1 hour. Serve in frozen lemon shells, and garnish, if desired.


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Most helpful positive review

The idea of basil in ice cream seems odd but it really is very good. A nice refreshing summer treat that is "different".

Most helpful critical review

This is an interesting recipe, but my home-grown basil was clearly more potent than called for; my husband took one bite and said, "this tastes like pesto." I would have preferred a hint of basi...

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The idea of basil in ice cream seems odd but it really is very good. A nice refreshing summer treat that is "different".

I have been looking for a way to use chocolate mint from my garden for years! I used chocolate mint leaves instead of the basil, and added vanilla as the liquer. You have to be careful not to ...

This recipe was great. I added some more chopped basil just before freezing to increase the flavor. All of my friends and family loved it.

I love trying new stuff, and I'm very curious about odd food that I always want to taste; so did I whith this ice cream. I gotta say it is a good one... but I'm pretty sure I won't make it again...

i am sooo happy about this. i served it with balsamic strawberries. next time i'll use a little more basil. beautiful recipe.

I wouldn't eat a huge bowl of this, but it really is great. It is very refreshing. It has a nice flavor, but is not heavy and super sweet like many ice creams. Perfect for a too hot to move s...

In Italy they serve this Basil Ice Cream, The first time I heard of it I said "Yuk", but my tune changed drastically after my first taste. Try this recipe you'll love it.

Very interesting flavor and yummy. I was worried the hubby would be weirded out by the idea of basil ice cream, but he actually ate a good serving!

lovely ice cream ! tnx 4 da recipe