Lemon & Basil Ice Cream with Raspberry Sauce and Summer Fruit

July 5th, 2010

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We’ve finally gathered up the courage to buy an ice cream maker.

Very quickly, this smooth white friend became a favourite kitchen gadget, deserving of the best and most central counter space. For its first run, we went with a simple mango sorbet with a pinch of chili. After placing the blended mango, honey, and spice into the freezer bowl and pushing the on button, we set the timer for twenty minutes. Fifteen minutes later, impatient, curious, and skeptical, we decided to lift the towel from the opening and take a peek inside. Each of us saw the other’s eyes light up – the mixture had gotten thick.
There are two different basil bushes growing in our porch garden, and both have been doing well lately. Considering this rare abundance and our love of unusual flavours, we saw a perfect ice-cream-making opportunity. Next came the lemon pairing idea, which was finalized with the fresh raspberry sauce. The result is a barely green, lemon and herb speckled scoop – subtle, smooth, and not in the least bit boring.

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Basil Ice Cream
1 cup raw cashews
2 cups purified water
8-10 pitted dates or 8 tablespoons agave syrup
1 1/2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
juice and zest of 1 lemon

Raspberry Sauce
- was made the same way as in our Napoleons

In a high speed blender, mix all ingredients until smooth. Chill and put in an ice cream maker for 20 minutes, or however long your brand of ice cream machine suggests. Garnish with raspberry sauce, fresh raspberries and basil leaves.

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Tags: dessert, food, raw food, recipe

  • Mo says:

    I *have* to try this someday! :)

  • Happy Chef says:

    No Dairy…LOVE IT! What a great combo and such a refreshing summer treat. Of course the photography brings such life and texture to the ingredients. Wonderful entry and idea.

  • Geraldine says:

    This is so beautiful! Love the story behind it!!!!

  • Callie says:

    Beautiful! If I didn’t want an ice cream machine before reading this post, I definitely do now!

  • Wow, basi ice cream? I have to try this. I am always interested in trying new flavors, and this sounds & looks perfect. What a beautiful blog you have :)

  • Golubka says:

    Mo: Please do, it’s divine :)

    Happy Chef: Thank you!

    Geraldine: Thanks a lot!

    Callie: Thanks! It’s a very inexpensive and useful little tool :)

    Spicie Foodie: Thank you! The combo worked out really nicely…

  • The colors in your pictures are AMAZING! What a great, great photographer you are. Thanks for inspiration.

  • The pictures are Gorgeous! and basil ice-cream is delicious. I tried it couple of times and loved it! Adding rasberry sauce to it is a delicious addition!

  • ~Lisa~ says:

    Visually stunning! Looks like a wonderful summer treat. I love fresh summer fruits! Congrats on Top 9!

  • momgateway says:

    … such a picture-perfect summer treat!!!

  • Golubka says:

    Linn: Awh, thanks so much!

    Sweet Artichoke: Thank you! The raspberry sauce worked out very well :)

    Lisa: Thanks!

    Momgateway: Thank you :)

  • Sue says:

    There is just no end to your talent!!! It looks delicious!

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