Berries and Basil were meant to be joined this way!
This Mixed Berry and Basil Sorbet Recipe is a super easy way to beat the heat this summer!
Have you ever smelled basil? No, I mean really took a good whiff of basil? It is like a narcotic for my nose. Basil and lavender to be exact. I have two mesh bags of lavender next to my bed that I just inhale each night before I go to bed. It makes my nose super happy, which in turns make my heart happy. When you smell basil and I mean really take a good sniff, it smells almost floral. It is one of those natural herbs that goes really well with savory dishes but does just as good with fruity desserts! When I decided to try to make sorbet, I didn’t really want to just stick with fruit, I wanted another flavor on the palette that would make you go, “Hmm! I don’t know what that is but I like it!” Basil is the thing herb of the summer. Now I haven’t gotten to the point where I cook with lavender. I have seen several recipes, most dessert recipes where lavender is used and to be honest, it kind of weirds me out. I think it is because it is such a pretty fragrance that I cannot imagine it being in a dish. But berries and basil are the perfect combination.
If you are frowning your face at the idea of a herb being in this dish or any dessert dish, I want you to get out of your own way and realize how awesome and amazing the combo can be, if paired right! Not all herbs belong with fruit or makes for a good pairing in a sorbet. Like, I don’t know if lime and thyme would go well with one another. Someone out there does (I’m sure) but not me. Maybe in a savory dish but not in a dessert dish.
The best thing about this sorbet recipe is that it requires no machine! Well, you will need a food processor or a blender, but everything else is easy-peasy. All you really do is blend the berries until they become juice, strain the seeds, add the sugar and lemon, and freeze it in freezer for several hours. Another thing that I like about this it is natural! I don’t mean according to FDA standards, I mean you are picking the fruit, getting all the juice, and adding your own sweetener. You don’t have to use granulated table sugar, you can use honey or agave simple syrup. This is a great alternative for your kids, family, or yourself instead of banana split, ice cream sundae, or Dairy Queen Heath Blizzard with extra Heath please (come back Nicole). I fed it to my niece and she absolutely loved this Mixed Berry and Basil Sorbet Recipe! When I say love it, I mean she seriously thought it was the greatest thing on earth. You don’t’ have to use the same berries I did. To learn how to make sorbet using any fruit, check out the article written on The Kitchn website. I hope you enjoy this recipe!