Ontario Strawberry & Basil Ice Cream

Début de l'été 2019
food and drink

BY: Christopher St. Onge

Fragrant early-season Ontario strawberries are the best! You shouldn’t mask their flavour in an eggy custard-based ice cream. Here, some of the egg is replaced with corn syrup, which lowers the freezing point of the cream and helps prevent ice crystals from forming, something homemade strawberry ice creams are prone to because of the moisture added by the berries themselves.

1 lb (455 g) strawberries, hulled
¾ cup (175 mL) sugar, divided
2 tsp (10 mL) lemon juice
1¼ cups (310 mL) whipping cream, divided
1 egg yolk
¼ cup (60 mL) corn syrup
1¼ cups (310 mL) whole milk
2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped basil leaves, preferably
Thai basil

1 Finely chop 6 strawberries and add to a bowl along with ¼ cup (60 mL) sugar and the lemon juice; set aside.

2 In a large heatproof bowl, whisk together the remaining ½ cup (125 mL) sugar, ½ cup (125.mL) whipping cream and egg yolk.

3 Whisk together corn syrup, remaining ¾.cup (175 mL) whipping cream and milk in a pot over medium heat. Once bubbling at edges, pour over egg mixture, whisking constantly. Let cool for 10 minutes, cover and chill for 2.hours.

4 When ready to churn, purée remaining strawberries in a blender; add basil and pulse until finely chopped. Stir into cream mixture. Pour into ice cream maker and prepare according to manufacturer’s instructions. In the final few minutes; strain macerated strawberries (save syrup for another use if desired) and add to ice cream maker. Once evenly distributed, scrape ice cream into a airtight container, and freeze until firm.

Makes about 4 cups (1 L)