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Basil & Lime Sorbet

A very refreshing summer dessert.


  • 2 glasses sugar

  • 1 glass water

  • 1 glass lime juice

  • 1 large bunch of basil pounded to a puree or finely chopped


  • 1.

    Place the water and sugar in a pan, bring to the boil and simmer for four minutes with the zest.

  • 2.

    Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a while.

  • 3.

    Add the lime juice and basil puree.

  • 4.

    Stir this up and leave to infuse for a while.

  • 5.

    Pass it through a coarse sieve and pour into a plastic tub or earthenware dish and place in the freezer.

  • 6.

    Generally, sorbet takes two hours to set.

  • 7.

    Try to stir it around every half an hour if you remember.

  • 8.

    To Serve: Serve it in a glass on its own.


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Posted by redgiraffeReport
It never froze properly but remained a slush, probably due to the high sugar content. Will try adding more lime juice and see what happens. The flavour is stunning, though!
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