Homemade Lemon Balm (or Mint) Ice Cream.
Ingredients of Homemade Lemon Balm (or Mint) Ice Cream
- Prepare 1 cup of fresh lemon balm or mint (I just packed a glass full of leaves from the garden).
- It’s 160 g of sugar or to taste.
- It’s 600 ml of whipping cream (30-35% fat).
- It’s 300 ml of milk.
- You need 2 pinches of salt.
- You need 6 of egg yolks.
Homemade Lemon Balm (or Mint) Ice Cream step by step
- Blend the sugar and the fresh lemon balm/mint together until bright green using a food processor or hand mixer..
- Add cream, milk, salt and the sugar mixture to a medium pot. Heat and simmer on medium-low until the sugar is completely dissolved (5-10 minutes)..
- Meanwhile whisk the egg yolks together in a bowl. Whisking constantly, gradually whisk in 1/3 of the hot cream mixture into the bowl with the eggs..
- Then pour the contents of the bowl back into the pot with the rest of the cream and milk..
- Heat again on medium-low and gently cook the mixture until it's thick enough to coat a back of the spoon (do not boil!). This will make a custard..
- You'll know it's done if you run your finger through the custard on the back of the spoon, and it leaves a clean streak like in the photo. You can also measure by temperature – it should be around 170°F/77°C..
- Remove from heat and cover with a lid. Let the lemon balm/mint steep in hot custard for 30 minutes..
- After 30 minutes, strain the custard through a fine strainer to get out big chunks of the herbs and curdled eggs..
- Let cool completely, then chill in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight..
- After chilling, pour the custard into a container and place in freezer for 4-6 hours. Every hour whisk the ice cream with a fork or hand blender to break up the ice crystals that form when freezing. (Or use just use your ice cream maker from here.).
- Here is my ice cream after an hour or two. It was still really liquidy so I just mixed with a fork..
- After another couple of hours, it was close to getting frozen, so I used a hand blender to smooth it out more. You can just mix vigorously with a fork, too, though it might not be perfectly smooth..
- After blending mine looked like this….
- You can eat it soft like soft serve, or give it some more time to harden up 🙂 If it's too hard, let it set out on the counter to soften a bit before scooping out..