Basil Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- 2 cups milk, divided
<br>- 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
<br>- 2 cups whipping cream
<br>- 1 cup sugar, divided
<br>- 7 egg yolks
<br>- 1 teaspoon mint liqueur (optional)
<br>- Garnish: fresh basil sprigs
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: COOK 1 cup milk in a heavy saucepan over low heat until bubbly.  Stir in 1 cup basil leaves, and remove from heat.  Cover and let stand at room temperature 20 minutes.
<br>step 2: PROCESS basil mixture in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.  Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding solids.  Set aside.
<br>step 3: COOK remaining 1 cup milk, whipping cream, and 1/2 cup sugar in saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, just until mixture is bubbly.  Remove from heat.
<br>step 4: BEAT egg yolks and remaining 1/2 cup sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until thick and pale.  Gradually stir about one-fourth of hot milk mixture into yolks; add to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly.  Stir in basil mixture and, if desired, liqueur; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 6 minutes or until mixture thickens and coats a spoon.  Cover and chill 4 hours.
<br>step 5: POUR chilled mixture into freezer container of a 1-gallon electric ice-cream freezer, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
<br>step 6: Pack with additional ice and rock salt, and let stand 1 hour.  Serve in frozen lemon shells, and garnish, if desired.
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Ingredients
- 2 cups milk, divided
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1 cup sugar, divided
- 7 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon mint liqueur (optional)
- Garnish: fresh basil sprigs

Directions
step 1: COOK 1 cup milk in a heavy saucepan over low heat until bubbly. Stir in 1 cup basil leaves, and remove from heat. Cover and let stand at room temperature 20 minutes.
step 2: PROCESS basil mixture in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding solids. Set aside.
step 3: COOK remaining 1 cup milk, whipping cream, and 1/2 cup sugar in saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, just until mixture is bubbly. Remove from heat.
step 4: BEAT egg yolks and remaining 1/2 cup sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until thick and pale. Gradually stir about one-fourth of hot milk mixture into yolks; add to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly. Stir in basil mixture and, if desired, liqueur; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 6 minutes or until mixture thickens and coats a spoon. Cover and chill 4 hours.
step 5: POUR chilled mixture into freezer container of a 1-gallon electric ice-cream freezer, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.
step 6: Pack with additional ice and rock salt, and let stand 1 hour. Serve in frozen lemon shells, and garnish, if desired.

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