Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Strawberry Basil Ice Cream

strawberry basil ice cream recipe from cherryteacakes.com
And I'm back. A mighty mighty thanks to everyone who has sent me information on DC housing laws. The landlord issue has been infuriating. On Saturday my roommate talked to him and he said that $1000 a room was normal, and totally reasonable. I think it's been too many years since he's set foot in the house. He forgets that the third bedroom is only a few feet larger than a walk in closet, that none of the shower fixtures have been updated in 15 years, or that every wall in the house is crooked to some degree. He also made comments about how he hopes we've gotten raises in the last few years....we have, but not the 30% increase he's asking for! 30%??? Great. Double my income and I can afford to stay living in my home of the last three and a half years. Insanity. 

We still have no answers. On Saturday the landlord said he'd talk it over with is wife and we'd continue this via email, so that all the roommates could be involved. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday....I've heard nothing. That must be one long conversation. Ideally, I would love to find a way to keep my house for another year at least. Give me time to make my peace and form an exit strategy...and hopefully a better economy. DC is one of the healthiest job markets in the country....finding a job in the South could be tough. I could bolster my savings, search apartments, look for jobs, research cities....a year would be good. 

I like the idea a few of you suggested: bribery via lemon mascarpone tart. I wish I had thought of that before I ate them all in my distress. So, perhaps I can bribe him with strawberry basil ice cream? Let's hope. It'd be great to not have this weighing on my mind much longer. 

Strawberry Basil Ice Cream 

2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar plus additional for strawberries
2 cups half and half
1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 tsp. lemon extract
2 handfuls basil 

Scald one cup of half and half along with ½ cup sugar and one handful of basil over medium heat in a medium sauce pan. Remove from heat. Allow to sit for a few minutes before discarding the basil.

In a stand mixer whisk together the yolks and ¼ cup sugar until light and fluffy, then gradually pour the scalded half and half down the side of the bowl as the mixer is still going.

Pour the mixture back into the sauce pan, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture has thickened and will coat the back of the spoon. Remove from heat, and pour through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Add in the remaining half and half and lemon extract. Chill the custard thoroughly. About two hours. 

Place strawberries in a bowl and dust lightly with sugar. Allow to sit for one hour. 

Puree the strawberries and push through a fine mesh sieve, and into the chilled custard. Puree the basil and add into the chilled custard. Stir gently to combine. 

Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker. Allow the ice cream to churn until finished. Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

23 comments:

  1. Nice flavors in this cool summer treat. The picture looks awesome-wish I had some now.
    Anyhow, sorry about your housing trouble, I know how things like that can really burden your mind. Your creativity in the kitchen can be a nice diversion, not to mention with some delicious results!
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  2. Wow how interesting! I have to say that I love basil with fruit. I had a lemon and basil martini not too long ago and I was impressed at how well they went together. This is gorgeous!

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  3. This looks incredible. I'm hoping to pick up an ice cream maker this week. Might try this one first.

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  4. This ice cream looks creamy and delicious! Love the basil in it! I should have made strawberry ice cream with my 13 pounds...oh well!

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  5. What an awful situation. I'm so sorry that it's hanging over your head. With all that on your mind, I think you might need that strawberry ice cream. Don't waste it on a sleaze like the landlord. It's fantastic.

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  6. Best of luck with the housing situation, sounds quite stressful!

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  7. Hi Jana...I ve been readin your blog for a while and you have a nice blog....Only thing is can you please add more posts per page....Please say yes!!

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  8. Loving this ice crea flavor and definitely way to escape from this headache. Can I still tempt you to consider NC??

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  9. This is a lovely dessert presented so artfully. It should persuade anyone.

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  10. This ice cream sounds amazing! Love love the picture you have with the strawberries on the vine. Good luck with your landlord!

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  11. I hope it all works out :) Love the photo of the ice cream and basil & strawberry sounds wonderful...will save that one up for out Kiwi summer :)

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  12. You should definately bribe him with the ice cream! ;) it looks very delicious by the way!
    I just knew that I should've bought an ice cream maker! I just knew it
    This recipe honestly looks like one that I can make!

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  13. I need to get an ice cream maker! Strawberry and basil together sound so heavenly! We're hosting an online seasonal potluck and June is strawberry month! If you'd like to link your recipe, we'd love to have you! http://bit.ly/eLlgG2

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  14. I am sorry that this still hasn't been resolved. With all of the wonderful goodies you make I think bribery might be a good option. I hope he comes to his senses soon and your ice cream both looks and sounds delicious.

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  15. How delightful! I'm printing this recipe out and can't wait to try it!

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  16. Oh my, good luck on the housing thing. It sounds like you are going through quite the ordeal.

    I love the combination of the strawberry and basil. What a refreshing combination!

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  17. It looks heavenly! Sorry about the problems that you have with your landlord... Keeping my fingers crossed so you can solve them.

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  18. Love the addition of basil!

    Good luck with your landlord! I keep my fingers crossed for you!

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  19. I just discovered the beautiful flavor combination that is strawberries and basil. I recently made a strawberry basil lemonade - it's so refreshing! Thanks for posting this!

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  20. Wonderful summer treat! I love basil and lemon flavors together :)

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  21. I like the sound of combining strawberries and basil!

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  22. Oh, I hope that this debacle has been settled now, in a good way!!!! I would totally dive right into this ice cream. It's soooo good!

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