Basil Ice Cream | @thefauxmartha

So excited to finally share what I’ve been concocting this week! I’m guest posting over at Baking with Basil, so you’ll have to head on over there to get the full scoop, pun intended. But first—can I tell you that this ice cream tastes absolutely incredible despite what you may be thinking. And the lemon wafer cookie just puts it over the top. Basil. Who would of thought? Thankfully, Brooke had faith in me. She is one brave lady! While you’re there, stay awhile and check out all of her great recipes. Bon Appetit!

UPDATE: Basil Ice Cream recipe originally posted at Baking with Basil.

Basil Ice Cream

Yield: 1 1/2 quarts

Basil Ice Cream


2 c. half and half
1 c. heavy cream
1 1/2 c. whole milk
1/2 c. basil leaves, lightly packed
1 1/4 c. sugar
dash of sea salt
3 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. In a blender, puree milk and basil leaves.
  2. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, combine milk puree, half and half, heavy cream, 1 cup of sugar, and salt. Whisk to combine. Give it a little taste to make sure you have enough salt.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together egg yolks and 1/4 cup of sugar.
  4. Over medium-high heat, heat milk mixture until sugar dissolves and begins to simmer. Slowly pour about one cup of the simmering milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly to temper the eggs (a.k.a. cook the eggs without scrambling them). Add egg mixture to sauce pan, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Turn heat off. Add vanilla extract.
  5. Pour mixture in a large bowl. Cover and place in fridge to cool, about 3 hours. To speed up the cooling process, place bowl in an ice bath in the fridge, or place in the freezer sans ice bath.
  6. Once mixture is cold, make ice cream according to your machine’s instructions.
  7. Serve with a lemon wafer cookie (purchase at Whole Foods) and a sprig of basil if you wish.
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