Coconut Strawberry Basil Sherbet

This recipe has the refreshing qualities of an icy sorbet, and the creaminess of ice cream – making it sort of like sherbet! I made it with the intention of making ice cream, but really there’s not enough creamy fatness in the ingredients I used to be “ice cream”. I’ve heard that people use bananas, but I’m allergic to bananas so I’ll be experimenting soon with creamier ingredients. The coconut flavor definitely comes, so I’m tempted to consider this a Coconut Strawberry Basil flavor.

Don’t worry, this recipe doesn’t call for an ice cream machine! I spend hot days browsing the internet for ice cream recipes and get so sick of  “Step 4, pour into ice cream machine”. If I had a stupid ice cream machine, I would be making ice cream already! Ahhhh!

 

And of course  later I’ll be experimenting with the old school technique of rolling a coffee can filled with salt and ice on the sidewalk with a friend – but first I must acquire coffee cans.

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Ingredients Notes

The rum here is both for fun and to help with texture. If you don’t want an alcohol flavor, use vodka. Although it really isn’t that noticeable with only one tablespoon. Swap out the fruit and herbs if you like. Basil & peach, cilantro & mango, lavender & blackberry, thyme & fig, etc. As I experiment with this recipe I will also try out some quirky flavors and post the ones that actually end up good :-)

I also apologize for the herb measurements. I know basil and mint leaves can come in a variety of sizes, but really it comes down to taste. Start with medium sizes and blend, then have a taste. If you feel like you want more, add small bits more and keep tasting until you like it.

Technique Notes

It’s very important that your food processor (the plastic container and the blade) is frozen. Stick it in the freezer a while before starting. Also freeze the container you’ll be putting the ice cream in. Generally, just freeze everything for a bit. It kind of sucks to remember to stir it every 20-25 minutes but it’s very important because the stirring incorporates air, making the ice cream softer.

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Coconut Strawberry Basil Sherbet
A sweet mixture of coconut, strawberries, and basil - with notes of mint and dark rum.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
pint
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
pint
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Put your food processor (all but the motor base) into the freezer for about an hour before starting.
  2. Put all the ingredients into the food processor. 7/8 cups of sugar is easily measured as 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons. I used mostly granulated sugar with a bit of agave nectar
  3. Process until smooth. Taste it and if you think it needs more of something, add and process more.
  4. Put into a cold bowl with a lid and freeze for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes whisk the mixture vigorously and freeze for another 20-25 minutes. Repeat about 3 or 4 times. Doing this as it freezes incorporates air into the mixture.
  5. Let it freeze all the way and then enjoy!
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