Basil Green Tea Gelato
Do you love basil? I love basil. My mother has suggested maybe my dad and I love basil a little too much. How could that possibly be?
I have seen people put basil in sorbets and syrups and even cookies, so for #icecreamlove this month, I had this brilliant flash of inspiration: I wanted to make ICE CREAM with BASIL in it! I thought I was SOooo clever … but well, I googled it and it turns out that’s not an original idea. Sigh. But then very few ideas are. I mean with 7 billion people on this earth (currently, plus how many before us?), it’s highly unlikely that none of them ever had the same flash of insight.
I made my brilliant basil ice cream anyway. But I put green tea in mine too. Because it just felt right to add green tea.
I don’t really know whether to call this an ice cream or a gelato. I chose gelato because Saveur calls it a gelato and hey, they’re Saveur, they should know.
If you are a basil lover like me, you will love this gelato. It has a wonderful sweet basil taste. It IS very clever, even if it wasn’t my own brain child. I totally ♥ this gelato … er, ice cream? oh whatever …
Basil Green Tea Gelato
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1 cup fat free half & half
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream (for a lower-fat version, use skim milk in place of 2%, more fat free half & half and less heavy cream … I would recommend 1 1/2 cups fat free half & half and 1/2 cup whipping cream)
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup sugar (I used 1/2 cup, but if you want it sweeter, add more sugar … )
- 2 eggs
- a pinch of salt
- 3 green tea bags
Put the basil, milk, half & half, whipping cream, sugar, eggs, and salt in a blender and blend till smooth. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and heat till the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot to the touch (like as hot as a tea you would drink). Put the green tea bags in the pot and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes or so to let the tea steep. Chill the mixture in the fridge until it’s cold. If you want, you can strain out the basil leaves by straining the mixture through a fine sieve or cloth. (I decided to strain it this time, but I’ve seen others leave the specks of green.) Either way, take the tea bags out and freeze it up in your ice cream maker.
Enjoy immediately, or freeze it in the freezer for a couple hours to firm it up some more.
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