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Basil Ice Cream

01 Jan

Brought to us by Jeanette

2 cups whole milk

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1/2 cup sugar

4 large egg yolks

1/2 cup well-chilled heavy cream

Special equipment: an instant-read thermometer; an ice cream maker

Bring milk, basil, 1/4 cup sugar, and a pinch of salt to a boil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan, stirring, then remove from heat and let steep 30 minutes.

Transfer to a blender (reserve saucepan) and blend until basil is finely ground, about 1 minute.

Beat together yolks and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until thick and pale, about 1 minute.

Add milk mixture in a stream, beating until combined well. Pour mixture into reserved saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until mixture coats back of spoon and registers 175°F on thermometer (do not let boil).

Immediately remove from heat and pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a metal bowl.

Set bowl in a larger bowl of ice water and stir until cold, 10 to 15 minutes.

Stir in cream and freeze in ice cream maker.

Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden, at least 2 hours.

Source: Epicurious


Corn and Basil Salad

01 Jan

Brought to us by Greg

8 ears of corn, husked
3 tablespoons olive oil for recipe, plus more for grilling the corn
1 cup thinly sliced white onion
1 container cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/3 cup lemon juice
Salt & pepper to taste

Rub corn with oil and grill it, turning frequently, until corn is charred and heated through, 10-12 minutes.

Remove from grill; when cool enough to handle, cut kernels from cobs and transfer to a large bowl.

Place chopped onion in a strainer and rinse with cold water to mellow its flavor, drain well.

Mix onion, 3 Tbsp. oil, tomatoes, basil and lemon juice into corn.

Season to taste with salt, pepper.

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Basil Lime Fruit Salad

01 Jan

Brought to us by Jessica

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup packed basil leaves
1 tablespoon grated lime rind
4 cups cubed pineapple (about 1 medium)
3 cups quartered strawberries (about 1 pound)
2 cups cubed peeled mango (about 2 large)
4 kiwifruit, peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)

Combine sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until sugar dissolves.

Remove from heat; stir in basil and rind. Cool. Strain sugar mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl; discard solids.

Combine pineapple and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with sugar mixture; toss gently.

Source: MyRecipes

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