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Basil Ice Cream Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups whipping cream or 4 cups half & half in place of both dairy
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup sugar divided
  • 7 egg yolks
  • ½ vanilla bean
  • fresh basil for garnish


  • In medium saucepan add milk, cream, scraped vanilla beans and pod, ½ cup sugar and bring to boil over medium heat.
  • Turn off heat and add basil, allow to steep 15 minutes (chiffonade for stronger basil flavor).
  • Make Custard: whisk remaining sugar with yolks and temper with steeped mixture.
  • Return complete tempered egg and dairy mixture to saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat while stirring to avoiding curdling. When mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon and holds a line you drag across with your finger, it's done (approximately 10 minutes or less).
  • Strain through a fine mesh chinois/ strainer and refrigerate until completely cool.
  • Follow instructions on manufacturer's ice cream maker. Freeze and Voila, Basil Ice Cream.
  • Enjoy!