Lemon-Basil Strawberry Icebox Cake
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Lemon-Basil Strawberry Icebox Cake

Prep: 25 minutes plus refrigeration and freezing
Cook: 30 minutes • Serves: 16

3 packages (14 ounces each) frozen sliced strawberries
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh minced basil
1/2teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups packed vanilla ice cream
2 containers (8 ounces each) frozen whipped topping, slightly thawed
1-1/2packages (10.1 ounces each) lemon flavored thin sandwich cookies
2 cups lemon curd

1.For strawberry filling, in medium saucepot, cook 5 cups strawberries, 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, lemon zest, basil and pepper over medium heat 30 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally; let cool.

2.For strawberry topping, in medium bowl, toss remaining strawberries, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon juice; let stand at room temperature 15 minutes.

3.Refrigerate ice cream 15 minutes to soften. In large bowl, stir together softened ice cream and whipped topping; place in freezer.

4.On bottom of 9-inch springform pan, cover bottom with single layer of cookies; fill gaps with broken cookie pieces. Evenly spread 2 cups ice cream mixture over cookies; freeze cake and ice cream mixture in bowl 15 minutes.

5.Evenly top ice cream layer with 1¼ cups strawberry filling; freeze 15 minutes. Evenly spread 1 cup lemon curd over strawberry layer; top with single layer of cookies and 2 cups ice cream mixture; freeze cake and ice cream mixture in bowl 15 minutes.

6.Evenly spread remaining strawberry filling over ice cream layer; freeze 15 minutes. Evenly spread with remaining 1 cup lemon curd, single layer of cookies and remaining ice cream mixture over strawberry filling. Freeze 30 minutes. Wrap with plastic wrap; freeze at least 2 hours or overnight.

7.To serve, run knife along inside edge of pan to loosen sides of cake, remove from pan. Cut cake with serrated knife; serve topped with strawberry topping.


Approximate nutritional values per serving: 

553 Calories, 19g Fat (11g Saturated), 71mg Cholesterol,
134mg Sodium, 89g Carbohydrates, 2g Fiber, 4g Protein