Coconut and Thai Basil Ice Cream

Original Ice Cream Flavor: Coconut and Thai Basil Ice Cream

Ice Cream Chef: Meredith

What inspired this recipe? I was inspired by my Thai basil plant that I started from seed back in March. Its been the most successful plant in my garden this summer- thriving in the heat and rain here in New Orleans. I hadn’t used any until now.

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Tastetester Comments: “Wow, this is a taste sensation! The coconut reminds me of my childhood.”- Rachel

Coconut and Thai Basil Ice Cream

1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
3/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1/3 cup chopped fresh Thai basil
1/2 whole vanilla bean
6 egg yolks
3/4 cup fresh grated coconut

In a large saucepan or pot, combine the coconut milk, heavy cream, milk, thai basil, and sugar. Slice the vanilla bean down the side and scrape the seeds into the milk mixture. Add the pod as well. Use a hand blender to puree the basil (its ok if there a few large pieces left). Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring until the sugar is just dissolved. Remove from heat.

In a separate bowl, whisk the yolks until smooth and frothy. Add about a cup of the hot coconut milk mixture, and whisk into the yolks. Whisk the yolk mixture into the ice cream base, and return it to medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes, until thickened slightly. Remove from heat and pour into a container. Refrigerate until cooled completely.

When mixture is thoroughly cold, churn using your method of choice. Add grated coconut to the ice cream when there are about 5 minutes left in the churning process. Transfer to a freezer safer container and freeze for serveral hours before serving.

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