Basil Ice Cream

Basil Ice Cream

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"Homemade ice cream with an elegant basil flavor will cool down any hot summer day!"

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Directions

  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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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.