Strawberry Basil Ice Cream

By Posie (Harwood) Brien
July 16, 2017
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Author Notes: Sour cream gives a slight tang and richness to this homemade ice cream, which gets its summery flavor from fresh basil and ripe strawberries.Posie (Harwood) Brien

Makes: 1 1/2 quarts

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • large pinch of salt
  1. Add the heavy cream and basil to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat, and let sit for at least 20 minutes to let the cream infuse. Strain the cream through a sieve to get out all the basil leaves, and set the infused cream aside to cool.
  2. Add the whole milk and sugar to a medium saucepan and heat, whisking constantly, until the sugar dissolves fully. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  3. While the milk and cream cool, process the strawberries in a food processor until finely chopped and nearly pureed. (If you want the ice cream to be seedless, you can strain the strawberry puree through a sieve but no need to! I never do.)
  4. Combine the pureed strawberries, cooled milk and sugar mixture, cooled infused cream, sour cream, and salt in a large bowl. Add to an ice cream maker and process according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once finished, transfer to a freezer-safe container (I use a parchment-lined metal loaf pan) and freeze until firm.

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