Recipe: Lemon verbena ice cream

Recipe: Lemon verbena ice cream
(Spencer Weiner, Los Angeles Times)

Total time:

30 minutes plus chilling time



4 to 6

1 1/2 cups milk

1 1/2cups whipping cream

1 1/2 cups lightly packed small lemon verbena leaves

4 egg yolks

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1. In a saucepan

over low heat, bring the milk, whipping cream and lemon verbena leaves to a full simmer. Remove the mixture from the heat, pour into a glass bowl and let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

2. The next day,

strain the milk-cream mixture into a saucepan (discarding the lemon verbena leaves) and heat to a simmer.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer,

beat together the egg yolks and sugar until thick and lemon colored, about 1 minute.


4. Pour a third of the hot milk-cream

mixture into the egg yolk mixture and stir to blend, then pour the entire mixture back into the saucepan.

5. Heat and stir over medium heat

until the custard begins to thicken and just begins to bubble around the edge, about 3 minutes.

6. Remove the custard from the

heat and pour it into a metal bowl. Set the bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice water. Let the mixture stand, stirring occasionally, until the custard is chilled. Whisk in the lemon juice.

7. Freeze in an ice cream

maker according to the manufacturer's directions. Spoon the ice cream into a chilled glass bowl or loaf dish and freeze until ready to serve.

Each of 6 servings:

342 calories; 5 grams protein; 22 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 27 grams fat; 16 grams saturated fat; 224 mg. cholesterol; 52 mg. sodium.