Friday, July 3, 2009

Chef Chuck's Lemon Basil Ice


Limone Ghiacciato al Basilico

A cool summer time treat, lemon basil ice is so refreshing. Served in half a lemon makes a distinctive presentation, which somehow enhances the lemon flavors!


Lemon Basil Ice
3 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, bruised
pinch of salt


In a small sauce pan heat 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar and basil leaves to a simmer. Stir to dissolve sugar, remove from heat add lemon juice, salt and 1 cup cold water. Strain liquid, pour into a large deep pan and place in freezer. Scrape with a fork and serve in lemons or a dessert cup.
Tip: Can use 1 cup sugar, to decrease sweetness.

14 comments:

  1. brilliant idea for a hot summer day.

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  2. Now this sounds perfect on a hot day!

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  3. Stellar, Chef Chuck. The bright taste of lemon is hard to beat with the summer heat these days!

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  4. Hi Ciao Chow Linda, We must beat the heat !! Thank You :)

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  5. Hello LaDue, I agree with you it's getting hot out there! Thank You :)

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  6. Hello Bridgett, Thank you, We will cool down some how !! It's delish! :)

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  7. I'm wondering how a shot of lemoncello would be drizzled over the top of this refreshing treat?! Happy 4th of July Chuck! Looks delicious!

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  8. Perfect for the hot summer days! Very refreshing and so delicious! An interesting combo!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  9. Hi Rosa's Yummy Yums, I am with you on that one!!
    Thank You :)

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  10. Hi YankeeSoaper, You read my mind!! I am sure it would be nice, Yumm :)
    Thank You.

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  11. oh! I always wanted to try this!!

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  12. Hi Ash, You have to try it, very refreshing! Happy 4th, enjoy! Thank You:)

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  13. Chef Chuck, The lemon Basil Ice was very delicious and refreshing. What a wonderful idea. Thanks. Michelle

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  14. Hi Michelle, Glad you liked the lemon ice, we made orange ice today, come back! Thank you :)

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