Friday, October 12, 2012

Lemon, Honey and Basil Ice Cream - it'd be a crime to miss it !

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Some years ago a very pleasant trip to visit a friend in France took a rather strange twist that involved a very unique (and ever so slightly stolen) car, being fingerprinted by French police (who also offered great advice on where to dine in the vicinity), and a lemon. Long story.  I’ll tell you when you come round to visit.
I was given the lemon, as a souvenir of this strange adventure, which I took back to Ireland and made into ice cream. It was the first ice cream I ever made and was a convoluted process. Was it the most exciting ice cream I’ve ever tasted? No. But it served to send me on a quest for a lemony ice cream that would create for my taste buds a little of the excitement of that trip, and here it is.

Strictly speaking, this is a frozen yoghurt but because it is Greek yoghurt it is every bit as satisfyingly creamy as an ice cream. It is also dead easy to make. With such a high juice content, you really do need an ice cream maker for this. Note: This ice cream is for grown-ups.

For 4 - 6 servings you will need...
... an ice cream maker

Zest of 2 lemons, grated
Zest of 1 orange, grated
175mls fresh lemon juice
75mls fresh orange juice
10g fresh basil leaves
140g runny honey
550g Greek yoghurt
¼ teaspoon sea salt 

1                    Place everything except the Greek yoghurt in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Immediately remove from the heat and leave to cool. Strain to remove the zest and basil leaves. Leave to cool, then chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
2                    When chilled, mix with the Greek yoghurt and salt and churn in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. When the mixture has thickened to ice cream, transfer it to a freezer container and place in the freezer for 24 hours. Although it is ready to eat straight away, the flavours develop further if you can bear to wait until the following day. Before serving, allow to soften in the fridge for 20-25 minutes.

Taste-tester verdict: "Gasp!" but in a good way. 
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19 comments:

Rosemary said...

Oh, you've whetted my appetite! For the ice cream AND the story! Since I'm a new ice cream maker, I'm totally intrigued. Love lemon. Love basil. Coming to visit. (Have I mentioned I have relatives in Dublin?)

ping said...

Aww ... I saw the ingredients and got all excited as I have everything I need, except the ice cream maker! Drat! Now I'm all disappointed ... perhaps a good story might help? *wink*

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Hester, lemon, honey and basil ice cream sounds so wonderful - I still have tons of basil growing in the garden (since temperatures have not really dropped all that much around here) that this frozen treat should really make an apperance in my kitchen soon - it sounds and looks so delicious and refreshing! I love the presentation!

wok with ray said...

The addition of basil is very interesting and it must give a unique aroma. I love the texture of your ice cream and it almost have a silky-cotton texture. Have a good weekend, Hester! :)

motherrimmy said...

Now this is an intriguing story. It's not fair to leave us hanging! I love the addition of basil to your ice cream. When I was in high school I worked at Baskin Robbins Ice Cream. My mother adored lemon ice cream, so I'd bring it home to her all the time. Happy memories. :)

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Hmm Hester, I love your elegant flavor in your ice cream! ;) It looks ordinary vanilla, but SURPRISE! I love that special twist!

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

This frozen yogurt looks amazing! I love using greek yogurt in my ice cream maker. Adding lemon and basil is such a great idea - so easy and I'm sure it's full of flavor. This recipe is on my to-do list this week!

Magnolia Verandah said...

Oh yes this sounds great.

Sarah Wright said...

Best icecream I ever tasted!

Sarah Wright said...

Best icecream I ever tasted!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

I'm not in to crime so I most definitely won't miss this! I saw the "best ice cream I ever tasted" comment and now I must do this today. :)

Koci said...

That trip sounds like a great story! And this ice cream is so cool! I've never tried lemon ice cream, but I bet it's super yummy. :)

Jill Colonna said...

Och! I do wish we were neighbours, Hester. I'd pop in not just for a taste of that ice cream (which sounds perfect for my cold right now) but I'd demand the story from you there and then. On the spot. That sounded quite some trip!

Jill Colonna said...

Och! I do wish we were neighbours, Hester. I'd pop in not just for a taste of that ice cream (which sounds perfect for my cold right now) but I'd demand the story from you there and then. On the spot. That sounded quite some trip!

Lizzy Do said...

LOL...I'm coming to visit just to hear your story! Your ice cream sounds delightful...what a great flavor combo!

CulinaryCache said...

This is a lovely combination of flavors, and the use Greek yogurt is perfect! I will be trying this recipe VERY soon!

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

What a lovely sounding combination of ingredients in this ice cream. It sounds so good!

Kim - Liv Life said...

Your lemon/French police story has me totally intrigued!!! And the ice cream/frozen yogurt has me craving it!

Lorraine Joy Alegria-Vizcarra said...

Hmmmm the ice cream looks wonderful.