There’s just something about ripe peaches. I love them. The scent, their fuzzy skin, that juicy flesh. To me they perfectly epitomize summer. There’s this peach stand near my parents that I love to stop by. They usually have two or three different kinds of peaches for sale by the bushel and nectarines. What’s great is they put both really ripe and a bit unripe fruit in every bushel-that way you don’t get 15 peaches that are all ripe at the same time. I can’t wait to stop by their stand later this summer.
I love a peach upside down cake or a peach pie. But sometimes you have left over peaches or ones that have gotten too ripe too fast. That’s when I get those I get creative. Recently, I decided to make a basil peach sorbet. This worked well as I used the Vitamix to mix up the granita. I used just four ingredients for this recipe: basil, peaches, ice, and a touch of honey. I bought a huge bunch of basil at the farmer’s market so I thought I’d use some of it with the peaches to make a flavorful and slightly savory icy treat.
This recipe is so simple as all you need to do is cut up about five ripe peaches, a few basil leaves finely cut, honey, and several handfuls of ice. I used my Vitamix on the manual setting to adjust the speed of blending up the ice, peaches, and basil. I made the sorbet have a slightly grainy consistency like a granita. I think the crunch of the ice was refreshing with the basil and fresh peach. I’m sure you could process it longer to get a smoother sorbet. However, if I did this I’d probably freeze it for a while before serving. This basil peach sorbet would be great for a palate cleanser for a dinner party or as a slightly savor treat. My collection of champagne coupes work perfectly for serving the sorbet.
- 1/2 cup basil leaves finely sliced
- 5 peaches, pitted and cut up with skin on
- 2 tbsp of honey
- 3-4 cups of ice cubes
- Add peaches, basil, honey, and ice cubes in a high powered blender in that order.
- Use the manual setting on the blender to combine the ingredients-start slowly at first.
- Taste and adjust honey if needed.
- Serve immediately or place in a freezer safe container and store for later use.