I love herbs in unexpected places, like desserts or drinks. I think they have this wonderful way of enhancing sweets in a way you that wouldn’t expect. Basil is one of my very favorite herbs. It’s so fresh and I want to eat it in everything. So I was perusing one of my very favorite sites and came across a dessert that just wowed me.
Never have I been so enthralled with a dessert. I have seen (and used) basil in desserts before but these little custards put basil in the spotlight. So many times you see basil as merely a tiny ingredient, a supporting actor. Here there is no mistaking what ingredient is front and center.
Basil is ground together with sugar, producing a gorgeous bright green, all-natural color and unbelievable, fresh taste. Only slightly sweet and paired with a balsamic strawberry reduction, this treat will have you devouring it and wanting more.
*What unique ingredients do you use in unexpected places?
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Basil Pots de Creme with Balsamic Strawberry Reduction
1 1/2 cups strawberries, plus more for garnish
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
– Prepare the pots de creme.
– Place strawberries, sugar, balsamic vinegar, vanilla bean seeds and pod into a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat until the strawberries break down and the mixture becomes thick and syrupy. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.
– Serve basil pots de creme with a dollop of balsamic strawberry reduction.