Tuesday, May 1, 2012

strawberry basil ice cream



I'm sure you've heard of this by now.
It's weird but oddly popular.
I wanted to make it at home so I looked up handy dandy Dave Lebowitz (all things ice cream) and got started with fantastic results!

One guinea pig friend described it as tasting like you are eating the whole strawberry, stem and all.
It kinda does taste like that, in a really good way!
Hope you enjoy!



Strawberry Basil Ice Cream
Dave Lebowitz, of course
2 cups heavy cream 

1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
Table salt
1 cup tightly packed, coarsely torn basil leaves
5 large egg yolks
1 pound fresh or frozen strawberries, trimmed, pureed, strained, and mixed with 1/2 cup sugar 

In a medium saucepan, mix 1 cup of the cream with the milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Warm the cream mixture over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and tiny bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pan, 3 to 4 minutes.
Stir in the basil leaves. Cover, remove from the heat, and let sit for 1 hour. Taste and let sit longer if you want a stronger basil flavor.
Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with several inches of ice water. Set a smaller metal bowl (one that holds at least 1-1/2 quarts) in the ice water. Pour the remaining cup of cream into the inner bowl (this helps the custard cool quicker when you pour it in later). Set a fine strainer on top. Whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl.
Rewarm the cream mixture over medium-high heat until tiny bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pan, 1 to 2 minutes. In a steady stream, pour half of the warm cream mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from curdling.
Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heatproof rubber spatula until the custard thickens slightly (it should be thick enough to coat the spatula and hold a line drawn through it with a finger), 4 to 8 minutes. An instant-read thermometer should read 175* to 180* at this point. Don’t let the sauce overheat or boil, or it will curdle. Immediately strain the custard into the cold cream in the ice bath. Press firmly on the basil leaves in the strainer with the spatula to extract as much flavor as possible.
Cool the custard to below 70* by stirring it over the ice bath. Stir the strawberry puree into the cooled custard.
Refrigerate the custard until completely chilled, at least 4 hours. Then freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer the just-churned ice cream to an air-tight container, and freeze for at least 4 hours or up to 2 weeks.
Enjoy!



4 comments:

  1. I am definitely trying this one when we get to MIchigan, using fresh local strawberries (Debbie's) and my basil! Thanks for this one Katie :)

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  2. LOVE this flavor combination! Perfect weekend treat! I cannot wait to try it!!! :)

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  3. Let me know how you like it!!

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