Lemon Basil Ice Cream

Lemon Basil Ice Cream
Recipe by Yotam Ottolenghi

This is one of my favourite ice cream flavour combinations....ever. Fresh and bright while being creamy and comforting. This ice cream is a perfect way to end any meal and especially my Ottolenghi dinner. I served this ice cream with the Almond and Orange Florentines. Enjoy!

Serves 8

675ml full-fat milk
60g large basil leaves, torn
Shaved rind of 3 small lemons
338g caster sugar
9 egg yolks
3 tbsp lemon juice
338ml whipping cream

1. Pour the milk for the ice-cream into a saucepan and cook on a medium heat for five to six minutes, until it just comes to a boil. Add the basil and lemon rind, remove from the heat and leave to infuse for an hour. Strain through a fine sieve, pressing the leaves to extract as much flavour from them as possible, then discard the leaves and lemon rind.

2. Beat the sugar and yolks until light and fluffy, combine with the infused milk, and return the mixture to the pan. Simmer on a medium heat for six minutes, until the custard thickens, then remove, set aside to cool, then add the lemon juice.

3. Lightly whip the cream, then fold it into the custard. Churn in an ice-cream machine until almost frozen (or put in a suitable container and freeze, giving it a good stir every half-hour or so). Transfer to a container and freeze for at least an hour. (Remember to remove it from the freezer 10 minutes before you are due to serve, so it softens.)

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