Today, I have a sweet and diverse dessert recipe to share. There’s tons of fruit in it and it has some spicy herb accents. This is one you don’t want to miss.
The entire preparation of this dessert shouldn’t take more than just a few minutes. All you need to do is to clean and prep the fruit by trimming and cutting some of it into smaller pieces. Then, measure out a few items, mix them together and then mix everything together.
The ingredients I list below are a good base. If you’d like to add or substitute something else, there’s no problem with that. For instance, you can add some blackberries or raspberries. You can substitute the blueberries for cherries – whatever. I was actually going to add some black cherries into this dessert, but when I tried to halve them, they didn’t exactly cooperate, which is unfortunate. I’ve had good luck doing this to cherries in the past, so this was a rare occurrence.
This dessert uses sugar, basil and pepper as sort of a coating for the fruit, which is an excellent idea. I like having the peppery flavor combined with the distinctness of the basil. The sugar is just a kick in the right direction, which is smooth and pleasant.
4 Teaspoons White Granulated Sugar
2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil, Chopped
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
3 Peaches, Halved, Pitted and Cut into 1 Inch Pieces
2 Cups Blueberries
2 Cups Strawberries, Top Trimmed and Halved
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
I’d like to thank America’s Test Kitchen and their resource called The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook for this recipe. It’s one of their many fabulous desserts that I’m proud to share. While I did mix and substitute some of their ingredients, I drew my inspiration from them.
Prep the Ingredients
As usual, you’ll need to measure out and prep all your ingredients before doing anything else. I did just that and took a few photos along the way.
Luckily, I have six large basil plants growing in my garden, so it was simple to head out to the back yard to trim some lovely basil leaves.
After bringing them inside and giving them a quick rinse, I chopped them up and placed them in a bowl.
Next, I cut the peaches in half, removed the pit and cut the halves into thirds.
Then, I trimmed the tops from the strawberries and cut each one in half.
Finally, I rinsed off and measured out the blueberries.
Combine Sugar & Basil
In a large bowl, add the sugar, basil and pepper.
Then, use a large spoon to mix these ingredients together. You’ll likely need to press the ingredients into the corner of the bowl to make the sugar moist and for it to absorb the basil juices.
Add the Fruit
At this point, you can add all the fruit to the large bowl the sugar mixture is in. Toss to combine everything. Then, add the lemon juice and toss everything again until the sugar mixture and the lemon juice are evenly distributed among all the piece of strawberry, peach and blueberry.
Plate & Serve
You’re all done! Divide the mixture between bowls and serve. Enjoy!
The Final Fruit Dessert
This recipe was so easy to put together. After obtaining the ingredients, I’m sure you can whip this up and serve it in just minutes. If you decide to give this dessert a try, please let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!