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Basil Green Tea Gelato

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

Basil Green Tea Gelato

Kinda sorta adapted from Saveur and Eats Well with Others

  • 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.

Basil Green Tea Gelato

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Click here to see all the other wonderful ice creams everyone is making this month …

This recipe was also shared at Weekend Potluck, Manic Mondays and Melt in your Mouth Mondays.

9 responses

  1. Hi Ann! This does look amazingingly delish! Don’t eat dairy, but sometimes allow a little treat – a little cheat every now and then. This will certainly be worth cheating for. : )

    June 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    • Ann

      I have experimented a little with soy creamer in place of the milk/cream and it does work. Maybe try a mix of the creamer + milk?

      June 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm

  2. I wanna know, who’s cute little hands are holding my bowl of gelato? Unbelievable!! xo

    June 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    • Ann

      It’s my sweet teenage daughter … I asked her if she would help me with the photo shoot. I think she kinda enjoys this blogging thing.:)

      June 23, 2012 at 10:19 am

  3. It sounds so refreshing. It is like you brought me back to Italy for a moment- thanks for the journey!

    June 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    • Ann

      Thanks Bam! Glad to oblige … anytime you need a virtual trip somewhere, just let me know.:)

      June 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

  4. faten

    Lovely! Thank you for sharing!

    June 23, 2012 at 6:59 am

  5. Oh heaven!!! My daughter would love this!

    June 29, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    • Ann

      your daughter likes basil? I think I’m winning my girl over to the basil side too😉

      June 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm

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