Strawberry Basil Gelato.  Our tiny human brains can’t process how epic the flavors will be until you actually take that first bite. And it’s just you, a big batch of gelato, and a spoon after that.

Strawberry Basil Gelato | Kita Roberts

Here’s a little something from your childhood that grew up just in time to save your taste buds from another happy hour disappointment at the local Sonic. (Maybe that’s just my local Sonic). And it’s another month of the Pass the Cook Book Club. My little club is finding it’s feet – and I’m finding I need to be a little more organized. But in the end, sharing recipes together is a blast! I’m always curious to see what others are making (and nosy so that I pick something yummy). All the other group members are great and I am really enjoying reading and seeing what everyone else makes. Some people have blogs and post about the recipes, some people don’t and just share them on the group page. It’s really all just about having fun and trying something new at this point.

As for this gelato… All I can say is try it. Our tiny human brains can’t process how epic the flavors will be until you actually take that first bite. And it’s just you, a big batch of gelato, and a spoon after that.

Strawberry Basil Gelato | Kita Roberts

To read more about how the cook book club works, read this post. To join the club, click for our facebook group here. Remember, you don’t need a blog – you just need to want to cook!

Go on! Check us out!

I think Gelato and ice cream should be mandatory once a week all summer long. If you really want to throw down with your ice cream maker, check these out!

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Strawberry Basil Gelato | Kita Roberts PassTheSushi

Strawberry Basil Gelato

From Slushed - I have made like 42 recipes from this book - and they have all been awesome. It's like $7 on Amazon right now. Seriously, go get it!
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Author: Kita
21 hours
Serves: 8


  • 1 cup strawberries - hulled and sliced
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup strawberry preserves - I used homemade from my boyfriends mom - and WOW does the flavor go a long way
  • ¼ cup strawberry liqueur


  • Place the strawberrriers in a bowl with 1/4 cup of sugar and macerate for 30 minutes.
  • Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a large bowl until pale yellow; Set aside.
  • In a heavy bottomed medium pot, bring the milk and the cream to just barely a sizzle, where the edges start to bubble. Stir as needed. 
  • Remove from heat, add the basil, cover and let the mixture infuse for 10 minutes. 
  • Strain and discard the basil leaves.
  • Slowly whisk the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks. 
  • Return everything to the pot and place over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it coats the back of a spoon and registers 170 on a candy thermometer.
  • Strain the mixture into a large bowl. Add the strawberry preserves, liqueur, and sliced strawberries with any syrup. 
  • Cool in an ice bath, whisking, to drop the temperature. Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled, 4 - 6 hours.
  • Process the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions. 
  • Transfer to a container and freeze through, at least 15 hours.

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Strawberry Basil Gelato | Kita Roberts

Go check out all the other fantastic blogs and what they made from this month’s frozen adult treats!


  1. So funny, I was JUST thinking of making a strawberry basil ice cream flavor… but I never thought to add preserves OR liqueur to it. LOVE that!!!

    1. The preserves I think went a long way. The splash of liquor you wont ever taste, but it keeps things creamy.

  2. Kita, another awesome month! I’m so not a frozen dessert fan, but I’m already contemplating making the Margarita Pie again. LOVED it! And with all the recommendations for this strawberry creation, this beauty is high on my list as well. Thanks for putting the club together, though it’s increasing my cookbook costs (I couldn’t resist and had to buy this book…!).

  3. This looks amazing!!! So mouth watering with all the pieces of strawberries! This is next on my list and I can’t wait to go strawberry picking. Thanks for the great selections this month 🙂

  4. Awesome idea for a blog group – I have way too many cookbooks that I fail to break into too! This gelato looks amazing, yum! 🙂

  5. Well I guess I am going to be giving a cookbook from Amazon a nice new home. I love the idea of strawberry and basil together, and I love how you photographed it.

    1. Let me know if you get it! Ive been using this book non stop since last summer! ;D

  6. Your photos are amazing and the gelato looks so delicious! I’m looking forward to trying the other two recipes in the future… they are some great finds!

  7. This gelato looks amazing and I love the combination of strawberries and Basil.
    It’s screaming summer.
    Just discovered your blog and love the recipes and pictures.
    Great stuff 🙂

  8. You should see my basil I am growing. I was torn between this recipe and the Margarita pie. Honestly the deciding vote was the many limes sitting leftover on my counter from my beverages I made for my blog:-) Soooooo that means I must make this lovely recipe! Your gelato looks wonderful! I am glad to hear this group is growing, I really love being a part of the group! Hugs, Terra

  9. I don’t know why I always leave your blog hungry… oh wait, it’s because everything I see on here is AMAZING! Hope all is well girl!

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