Strawberry & Basil Ice Cream with Balsamic Strawberries

A hint of basil produces a wonderful grownup twist to a classic strawberry ice cream, and the addition of balsamic strawberries to garnish enhances this summery treat. This dessert yearns to be eaten outdoors in the sunshine. A regular appearance at summer garden parties.

This recipe requires the use of an ice cream machine and a food processor.





Category: Dessert
Cuisine Type English


For 1 Batch(es)

Strawberry & Basil Ice Cream

250 ml milk
250 ml cream
5 egg yolks
125 grams caster sugar
1 punnet strawberries
10 basil leaves

Balsamic Strawberries

3 strawberries
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon caster sugar

Strawberry & Basil Ice Cream with Balsamic Strawberries Directions

  1. Combine the milk and cream in a large sauce pan and place on a medium heat bringing it to a gentle simmer. 
  2. While the milk and cream are warming, whisk the egg yolks and the sugar together in a large mixing bowl, then pour the hot milk and cream over the egg yolks whisking constantly as you do.
  3. Give your saucepan a quick rinse, now return the egg and milk mixture to the pan and cook, stiring constantly, until thick enouch to coat the back of a spoon. It should be thick and velvety. 
  4. Once the mixture has reached its desired consistency, turn off the heat. Use a food processor to blend the strawberries and basil together until smooth, then mix into the ice cream custard. Once fully combined, pour back into the mixing bowl you used earlier.
  5. Leave the mixture to cool completely. Once chilled, churn in an ice cream machine as per manufacturers instructions.
  6. Decant the ice cream into a tub and enjoy right away or keep fresh in your freezer for another occasion. Garnish with a couple of slices of balsamic straberries.
  7. To make the balsamic strawberries, combine the balsamic vinegar and sugar together in a bowl. Chop the strawberries into thin slices and mix into bowl until fully covered. 

Recipe notes

Make the balsamic strawberries in advance of serving the ice cream. Don't marinade them for too long, a couple of hours is enough.

Nutrition facts

vegetarian gluten free

Per Serving

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