Homemade basil ice cream

A creamy refreshing summer treat that you will make over and over again: Homemade citrus basil ice cream.

Welcome to creamy churned basil icecream. This is a new family favorite, and we can not get enough. Each bite is a refreshing and flavorful burst of botanical flavors. Basil sweetened is surprisingly delicious. It has a bright flavor and is herbaceous without being over whelming. And when you're like me and have more basil in your garden than you know what to do with - ice cream is always a good solution!

Why we make ice cream in the ice cream maker

I recommend everyone get an ice cream maker, because even though you can find an abundance of no-churn recipes here on the web - the process of making ice cream recipes in your ice cream maker at home is something so exciting for the whole family. Trying new flavors and textures is so much fun. It seems we can turn anything into a really wonderful treat. You can get really creative with your ingredients and limit anything if anyone in your household has dietary restrictions. Dairy and sugar-free ice cream without any stabilizers or other strange ingredients in store-bought ice cream is a breeze if you wanted some.

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How to make basil ice cream:

Making ice cream with a perfect texture requires a slow reduction. I want all of the sugar to dissolve into my cream and a beautiful citrus basil flavor to come through. You achieve this by simmering your cream, sugar, basil leaves, and lemon extract in a saucepan for twenty minutes.

But... this recipe does require an extra step.

For the BEST results, you chill your reduction with some additional fresh basil for hours (we recommend overnight) before placing your mix into your ice cream maker. It's a little bit of time and effort, but so worth it. I promise!

Ingredients in homemade basil ice cream

  • Heavy whipping cream / heavy cream
  • Whole milk
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg yolks - For the creamy custard that is ice cream. 
  • Salt
  • Lemon extract (you can sub for vanilla if needed)
  • Fresh basil leaves

Tools needed to make this ice cream

  • Quart ice cream maker - you do need an ice cream machine for this recipe. I highly recommend having one! The possibilities are endless and one of our favorite past times are making fresh batch of ice cream, like this one! You wouldn't believe the creamy ice cream creations you can make. The finished product is divine. We use this simple, affordable cuisine art ice cream maker to make our ice cream recipes (more than I'd like to admit)
  • Sauce pan
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Step by step for making ice cream

Along the way I've found my base for the perfect, scoopable ice cream that is sure to please!

  • Mix all of your ingredients together into a sauce pan and whisk well.
  • Stir over low-medium heat for 10-15 minutes to get a slow reduction, heat the egg yolk and melt the sugars down. Be sure not to overheat or else you'll curdle your milks and cook your eggs. Stir consistently.
  • Strain your mixture into a large jar and then add more fresh basil leaves. Let sit six hours - overnight in the fridge for the basil flavor to infuse.
  • When ready to make your ice cream, strain basil leaves out again. Pour mixture into ice cream maker.
  • Turn your ice cream maker on and let it churn based on manufacture's recommendations. For me, it usually takes 20 - 30 minutes.
  • Transfer the ice cream into an air tight container and let it chill in the freezer for at least six hours. From here you should have perfect, scoopable ice cream!

Serving recommendations:

image of two steel buckets of basil ice cream with a rustic background and purple lilacs surrounding

basil ice cream

Yield: 6 servings (2 scoops each)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A creamy refreshing summer treat that you will make over and over again: Homemade citrus basil ice cream.

Ingredients

  • INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 16 basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract

Instructions

  1. Mix all of your ingredients together into a sauce pan and whisk well.
  2. Stir over low-medium heat for 10-15 minutes to get a slow reduction, heat the egg yolk and melt the sugars down. Be sure not to overheat or else you'll curdle your milks and cook your eggs. Stir consistently.
  3. Strain your mixture into a large jar and then add more fresh basil leaves. Let sit six hours - overnight in the fridge for the basil flavor to infuse.
  4. When ready to make your ice cream, strain basil leaves out again. Pour mixture into ice cream maker.
  5. Turn your ice cream maker on and let it churn based on manufacture's recommendations. Usually 20 - 30 minutes. Ice cream should double in volume and be solid, but soft when done.

Notes

Add mixture to an air tight, sealable container and freeze for at least three hours before serving.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 265Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 108mgSodium 199mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 0gSugar 28gProtein 3g

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