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Freggie Dare Weekend Challenge Day 4 - A Favorite Healthy Fruit Dessert Recipe

Monday, May 21, 2012

Two of my very favorite summer flavors - strawberries and basil AND a tip from one of my favorite TV chefs Sarah Moulton about adding a BIT of alcohol to your sorbet - changes the texture from icy to creamy!

Last summer we invested in an ice cream maker with the freezer bowls (invest in a second) and are so glad we did. So nice to control the ingredients and know exactly what goes into what we are eating.

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Strawberry-Basil Sorbet

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
4 cups quartered hulled fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon vodka or orange liqueur

Combine water, sugar, and basil leaves in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep 15 minutes; strain through fine mesh sieve (discard basil) and chill until cold.

Puree quartered strawberries in blender or processor until smooth. Add lime juice, vodka or liqueur, and basil sugar syrup; process until blended. Chill mixture until cold, about 1 hour.

Transfer strawberry mixture to ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer's instructions. Spoon sorbet into container; cover and freeze until firm, about 4 hours. Makes about 4 cups (Eight 1/2-cup servings).
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