Breaking in the Ice Cream Maker: Buttermilk-Basil Sorbet

This is an interesting “sorbet” recipe that I tried the other night.  I’m not sure why its called sorbet though because the base is definitely dairy.  Whatever you want to call it, its a frozen dessert that’s sure to please if you’re looking for something cold and refreshing.  The idea of herbs in ice cream could be a turnoff to some, but trust me on this one!  If you love basil, this is a must-try.  I really enjoy this ice cream (I’m sorry, its dairy and I can’t bring myself to call it sorbet) because its not overly sweet- a qualm that I sometimes have with other ice creams.  This is incredibly light and fresh, especially after a savory dinner as a palate cleanser.

I made this using a Cuisinart ice cream maker.  If you’re looking for an easy way to make homemade ice cream, I highly recommend this product.  It’s completely idiot-proof as long as you take care of it (don’t put it in the dishwasher and don’t freeze the bowl with anything in it).  At around $50, you can enjoy delicious, homemade ice cream any time you’d like without a ton of effort!

  • 1 1/3 c. granulated sugar, divided
  • 2/3 c. water
  • 1 c. fresh basil, minced
  • 4 c. buttermilk
  • 3 TBS fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  1. To make basil syrup, combine 2/3 cup of sugar with water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil for 1 minute.  Reduce heat to low, add basil and simmer for 5 minutes.  Set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine remaining 2/3 cup sugar with buttermilk, lime juice, and zest, mixing until the sugar dissolves.  Add cooled basil syrup to buttermilk mixture and mix thoroughly.
  3. Run sorbet mixture through an ice cream maker according to its package directions.  Transfer sorbet to a container and freeze for 12 to 24 hours before serving.

Yields about 12 1/2 c. servings

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One thought on “Breaking in the Ice Cream Maker: Buttermilk-Basil Sorbet

  1. That’s all ice cream makers cost. I really don’t have any excuses! Great recipe. Lime and basil wonderful combo.

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