No Churn Basil, Honey, and Walnut Ice Cream

Last year, my sister and I visited Rome and I fell in love with a small local gelato chain called Gelateria Fatamorgana where I had hands down the best ice cream I have ever eaten in my life. They had such a wide array of mouthwatering flavours that it was hard to try everything that looked good. One surprisingly delicious flavour was a basil, walnut, and honey gelato, which I raved about to anyone who would listen for months.

This year, I (like many others on the Internet, apparently) have been obsessed with this no-churn ice cream recipe. It’s the easiest thing in the whole world: whip two cups of cream, fold in a can of sweetened condensed milk, add desired flavourings, freeze. I’ve made 8 or 9 variations on it already. It’s no Fatamorgana gelato, but it did give me the opportunity to recapture some of that delicious flavour in an easy to make at home way. I made this while out at the cottage with some friends, so I didn’t have time to stage any fancy photographs, but I assure you it’s delicious.

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To make this ice cream, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups cold whipping cream
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Whip the cream in a mixing bowl. Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, process the basil, walnuts, and honey into a paste. (I threw mine into my Nutri-bullet with the condensed milk). Fold the condensed milk and the basil mixture into the cream. Freeze until set (7-8 hours) and enjoy!

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What I’m Into June 2016

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Happy Canada Day! I’m sitting here wondering where June went and trying not to think about all that I still need to get done this summer. As usual I am linking up with Leigh Kramer to share some of what I’ve been into this month.

Reading

This month I had a chance to catch up on new installments in a few different YA series I’d been following. Victoria Aveyard’s The Glass Crown was as gripping as The Red Queen, and I look forward to seeing how she’ll finish up the series. I also mostly enjoyed Morning Star, the conclusion to Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy. The whole trilogy was rather darker than I tend to like, but I suppose that’s par for the course when you’re essentially trying to recreate Roman history, but with deadlier technology.

Non-fiction wise, I read and sobbed my way through the entirety of Rachel Held Evans’ Searching for Sunday. This book sat on my shelf for far longer than it probably should have, but I definitely pulled it out at the exact right time. I was a whole lot more optimistic about the whole church thing when the book just came out, but now I’m feeling pretty burned out and discouraged about the whole thing and need to be reminded why it’s still worth it. I’m so grateful for people like RHE who are willing to wrestle with their faith and their relationship with the church publicly. I’m sure it’s a difficult thing to do, but it makes me feel so much less alone in all of this. Also, her husband Dan reminds me a whole lot of my husband Aaron, and I’m so grateful to have him as a partner as we work out our faith together.

Watching

I’ve been keeping up with the usual shows (though the Mindy Project is starting to get a little tedious, tbh. I’m sort of over all the “Mindy annoys her coworker until he falls in love with her” arcs). I’ve also started watching Silicon Valley with Aaron (painful to watch, but also hilarious, and I definitely like Jared better in this than as Gabe in The Office). On my own, I’ve started watching through The Fosters (the amount of angst I feel when I see fictional teenagers making dumb decisions makes me never want to be a parent, ever). I especially like the way they handled the arc with Stef and her conservative evangelical father.

Listening

All Sleeping At Last, all the time, basically. Seriously, how hauntingly beautiful is this song?

Or this one?

And he does covers!

Eating

This month, I had the good fortune to stumble across a stupidly easy no churn ice cream recipe, so I’ve been experimenting with endless variations: nutella toffee and hazelnut, rhubarb ginger swirl, salted caramel pretzel, M&M cookie dough, etc. Next on my list is a strawberry balsamic swirl. I’m lucky to have so many people in my life who are willing to eat the food I foist on them. Also in the frozen dessert category, this dairy free chocolate ice cream is even better than normal chocolate ice cream if you have an ice cream maker (though I multiplied the sugar by 1.5 and I wouldn’t use any less) and these chocolate covered frozen banana slices were so easy and to die for.

I’ve also been loving all the affordable berries that have been starting to filter into the stores (yay summer cooking), and I’ve been using them in everything: salads, meat dishes, desserts. I’m particularly proud of this blackberry cardamom pavlova:

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As usual, you can find my favourite recipes of the month on my monthly What I’m Into Pinterest board.

That’s it for me for the month. Be sure to head over to Leigh’s site for more link-up contributions.