Basil Peach sorbet

Peach-granita-ingredients

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.

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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.

Basil-Peach-granita

Basil Peach Sorbet

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Add peaches, basil, honey, and ice cubes in a high powered blender in that order.
  2. Use the manual setting on the blender to combine the ingredients-start slowly at first.
  3. Taste and adjust honey if needed.
  4. Serve immediately or place in a freezer safe container and store for later use.

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