Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Easy Mixed Berries-Kiwi Sorbet with Meyer Lemon and Basil (no ice cream machine needed)

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I love living in California.  Mainly because of the sunny weather, and not so much on the traffic.  Sunny days make me smile and happy most of the time.  Unfortunately, three digit temperature is also something we need to deal with sometimes, especially during the summer months.  What’s the best way to cool down?  To me, indulging in some frozen treats and iced drinks are the solutions.

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This Easy Berries, Kiwi, Meyer Lemon and Basil Sorbet is perfect to enjoy in hot summer days.  It’s sweet from the simple syrup, balances by the tanginess from the berries, kiwi and lemon juice.  Thanks to the wonderful blueberries that gives this sorbet the vibrant purple color.  The fresh basil leaves add a wonderful fragrant and aroma to this sorbet; Bringing this dessert to a whole new level and add flavors to the overall taste.  If you haven’t try any dessert with basil in it, this would be THE recipe to start and I guaranteed you’ll love it. Even though my hubby hates dislikes berries, he loves this sorbet.

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Another bonus to this dessert?  It’s super easy to make and doesn’t require an ice cream machine (because I don’t have one yet!  LOL)  I’ve been wanting to invest in one because my family loves frozen treats.  However, with so many frozen treat recipes out there without using an ice cream machine, I’m still debating if I really need one.  What do you think?







Easy Berries, Kiwi, Meyer Lemon and Basil Sorbet (no ice cream machine needed)
Printable Recipe


1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
3 kiwi, peeled and cut into quarters
1 cup fresh strawberries, stems removed and cut in half
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh Ocean Spray blueberries
zest and juice of 1 Meyer Lemon
A handful of fresh basil leaves

In a sauce pan, heat sugar and water until sugar dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a blender, add kiwi, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, lemon zest, lemon juice and basil. Blend until well incorporated. Add cooled simple syrup and blend until well combined.

Pour mixture onto a freezer safe container, cover with plastic wrap (better if container comes with its own cover) and freeze for 1 hour. Give the half frozen mixture a quick stir and return to the freezer for another 2 hours or until frozen.

When ready to serve, remove from freezer and let it stand in room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before scooping.

Recipe Linked to:

Full Plate Thursday
These Chicks Cooked
Thrilling Thursday
Sweet Tooth Friday
Fresh Food Friday
Sweets for Saturday
Theme Sharing Sunday
Theme Bakers Sunday

39 comments:

  1. This sorbet sounds amazing. I love the combination of fruits you used and the idea of adding basil and meyer lemon to it would really make it special. I have an ice cream machine and find I use it quite a lot, but it looks like you're fine without one.

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  2. I loved this. If you can do this without a machine, I can only imagine what you can do with one.

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  3. This sounds so refreshing! What a perfect dessert for a hot summer night! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Amy that looks so delicious. What wonderful pictures. Just wanted to let you know that The Fairy Hobmother granted our wish from the comment on your post. I will be shouting out the news on Thursday with a link back to your site. Thank you!

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  5. @ Carolinaheartstrings: Wow, congrats! I'm happy to hear that the Fairy Hobmother granted your wish! :) Can't wait to see what you get.

    Amy

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  6. Amy, I might just be tempted to pour the blended mixture into a tall glass and drink!!!!!!! This is a keeper. xo,

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  7. @ Barbara: That would be just as delicious, I bet! :)

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  8. Amy this looks gorgeous - bookmarked to try!!!

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  9. Amy this looks amazing! The photos are gorgeous! All the colors complementing each other so beautifully are the perfect image of summer refreshment!!! I want-- no-- I need to make this sorbet!

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  10. Cool!! I need this sorbet to beat our hot weather here too.

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  11. Beautiful photos! Love the flavor combination of your sorbet, Amy! I love CA weather too. On the central coast we are pretty spoiled with moderate weather year round:)

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  12. These photos are stunning! I could go for one of those about now!

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  13. Perfect summer time treat! Your photos are just beautiful.

    Jo

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  14. Oh goodness, the mix of flavours in the sorbet sounds delightfully refreshing and down right gorgeous, and your pictures! My lord! they are stunningggg. Enough to convert any berry/sorbet hater for sure :)

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  15. those look yummy and refreshing. Love sorbet's

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  16. I don't have an ice cream machine either and am excited whenever I see recipes that don't require one. :)

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  17. This looks and sounds amazing! I can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Becky

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  18. I keep wanting an ice cream maker too. I'm excited to see this recipe since it doesn't require an ice cream maker. It sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    Katie

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  19. Hi Amy,
    I can't wait to make this wonderful treat. I love the flavor combination with the basil and lemon with the berries. Great recipe! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back real soon.
    Hope you have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

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  20. The is one of the prettiest sorbets I've seen! What a delightful recipe.

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  21. I love that you don't need an ice cream machine. I can actually make this!

    I hope you'll stop by and link up with Sweet Tooth Friday.

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  22. Hi Amy, what lovely sorbets! Your photography is superb! I'd love to have you come on over to Fresh Food Friday or Seasonal Saturday to link up this recipe and any other that you'd like. It's always a pleasure to have you over! Happy weekend!

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  23. These look so wonderful. And your photos make m want to jump through the screen- just beautiful! Have a great holiday weekend! - Cares

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  24. OMG Ammy you always have beautiful pics and delicius treats! gloria

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  25. Hi Amy,

    Once again, you've created such a luscious twist on a Kitchen PLAY recipe that I feel compelled to run right out and try it! Even though we grow basil, I have yet to try it in a dessert application. You've convinced me.

    Thanks for playing and good luck!

    Best,
    Casey

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  26. @ Casey: Thank you for your sweet comment. You should definitely try the basil in this sorbet! Add so much depth to the flavor. :)

    Amy

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  27. I just had to stop back and Stumble your beautiful recipe!

    I hope to see you again this week for Sweet Tooth Friday.

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  28. Thanks for submitting your photo to DMBLGiT July 2011
    I love outdoor food photography. And this one brings the summer feeling :)

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  29. @ Tika: This was my very first time shooting food outdoor. :) It was so much fun that I think I'll do it more often.

    Amy

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  30. Hi Amy, thank you again for sharing this gorgeous sorbet o Fresh Food Friday/Seasonal Saturday. It was selected as one of the featured posts today in this week's edition! I hope that you can stop by and check it out! If you can, it would be great to share a recipe again this weekend (until Monday evening). Now following you on Facebook too.

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  31. Amy, I saw your sorbet on Fresh Food Friday and wanted to tell you how beautiful your photograph is. Your recipe sounds delicious and how nice that it doesn't need an ice cream maker, which I don't have any more.

    Love the idea of the basil in it. Basil is so versatile and shouldn't be just for salads.
    Sam

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  32. Love your blog. I'm also following you on Facebook.
    Sam

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  33. Great Kitchen Play entry, Amy. :) This looks absolutely refreshing and delicious.

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  34. Amy, this looks so refreshing!! I love the picture.....great shot.

    Thank you for linking up to Sharing Sundays theme BERRIES!

    Ellen

    http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com

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  35. Congrats! You were featured in this week's Themed Baker's Sunday! Come back for this next week's theme: Christmas! Actually, this theme will continue until Christmas weekend! Hope to see you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/12/themed-bakers-sunday-16.html

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  36. @Cupcake Apothecary: Thank you so much for featuring my Berries Meyer Lemon and Basil Sorbet. I sure will come back to link up some Christmas goodies.

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  37. This is a summer favorite for me. So glad that you don't need an ice machine to make it.

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  38. I've never made sorbet before, and you have so many sorbet recipes that all look so good. Which one would you recommend I try first?

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