Mint Basil Chip Ice Cream

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"From Food Fifty Two. Time does not include refrigeration or churning time. Ideally, the custard base should be refrigerated overnight. Makes 1 quart"

Original recipe yields 1 serving


  • Serving Size: 1 (1784.1 g)
  • Calories 5321.5
  • Total Fat - 392.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 174.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 10917.3 mg
  • Sodium - 871.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 268 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.6 g
  • Sugars - 215.9 g
  • Protein - 176.1 g
  • Calcium - 1897.1 mg
  • Iron - 33.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 6.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.9 mg

Step 1

In a small heavy saucepan, warm the milk over medium-low heat. When gentle bubbles form on the edge, add the mint and basil. Remove from the heat, cover, and let steep for about 30 minutes.

Step 2

Pass the steeped milk through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl, squeezing any remaining liquid out of the leaves. Return the milk to the saucepan along with 1 cup of the heavy cream. Warm over medium heat.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the sugar and egg yolks. Gradually whisk 1/2 cup of the warm milk mixture into the egg yolks to temper them. Pour the milk-yolk mixture into the saucepan, along with the remaining cup of heavy cream.

Step 4

Cook over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes, whisking constantly and being careful NOT to let it boil. When the custard base thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, remove from the heat. Chill the base completely in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours but ideally overnight.

Step 5

Pour the base into an ice cream maker and churn it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. During the last minute of churning, add the chocolate.

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