Recipe

Basil mascarpone sorbet with strawberries and pomegranate

This sweet and fragrant basil mascarpone sorbet recipe is a deliciously refreshing dessert to serve alongside a sweet and bright strawberry pomegranate salad.

  • 35 mins cooking + refrigeration & freezing
  • Serves 6
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups (440g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 cups (500ml) water
  • 2 teaspoons pink peppercorn, crushed lightly
  • 1 cup (50g) firmly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 500 grams (1lb) mascarpone
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) lemon juice
  • 500 grams (1lb) strawberries, hulled, sliced
  • 1/2 medium pomegranate (160g), seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons small basil or micro basil

Method

  • 1
    Combine sugar and the water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar. Bring to boil; boil for 2 minutes.
  • 2
    Pour 2 cups of syrup into a jug; cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled. Add peppercorns to remaining syrup. Return to boil; simmer for 1 minute. Cool, then refrigerate separately until needed for serving.
  • 3
    Blanch basil in a saucepan of boiling water for 30 seconds or until wilted; drain. Cool in a bowl of iced water; drain. Using your hands, squeeze out excess water.
  • 4
    Blend basil with ½ cup chilled syrup until smooth and bright green. Add remaining chilled syrup, mascarpone and juice. Blend until just combined. Transfer basil mixture to an ice-cream maker; churn mixture according to manufacturer's instructions until thick. Transfer to a container and freeze for 4 hours or until firm.
  • 5
    Place strawberries, pomegranate, peppercorn syrup and some of the small basil leaves in a small bowl. Toss gently to combine.
  • 6
    Serve sorbet with strawberry fruit salad, sprinkled with remaining small basil leaves.

Notes

You can use Greek-style yoghurt instead of the mascarpone for a more tangy sorbet, if you like.

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