Monday, 18 July 2011

Lime and Basil Frozen Yogurt

I recently promised that I’d post a low-fat frozen yogurt recipe, so here goes. On a warm summer’s day when the need for cooling refreshment comes upon me like a thing that comes upon you, then that’s the time that I want something made with limes. I’ve recently seen a number of ices that combine lime with basil and I’m happy to confirm that it’s a combination that works. If you have an ice-cream maker, then this recipe is really simple but very refreshing.

But first, a short digression on basil. There’s a temptation when writing down recipes to say something like “add two or three leaves of basil”. Well this year I've been growing Neapolitan basil and the leaves are huge as the following picture of an average-sized leaf reveals.
Neapolitan Basil
I’ll never specify the number of basil leaves in a recipe again (probably).

And now, finally, the recipe....
Lime and Basil Frozen Yogurt
Zest of 1 lime
Zest of ½ lemon
500 ml low-fat Greek yogurt (around 2%-3% fat, ideally)
110 ml agave nectar
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tsp very finely chopped fresh basil leaves

Whisk all the ingredients together thoroughly. Chill the mixture in the fridge for half and hour or so before pouring into the ice-cream maker and allowing it to churn for the recommended time.
Lime and Basil
I was hoping to enjoy this frozen yogurt quietly in the garden. Sadly there were a large group of  parakeets re-enacting the major battles of the English civil war in the surrounding gardens (thanks a lot, Jimi *) and then it started to rain. So I came inside and listened to this instead – to me it just sounds exactly like summer ought to be.


* – There is an urban myth (at least, I assume it’s a myth) that Jimi Hendrix released the first parakeets from an aviary back in the sixties. They are now one of the commonest and certainly the noisiest birds in Surrey.

5 comments:

  1. What a great idea.never would think of thsi combination.Must be really refreshing for summer days:)

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  2. Thank you for your comment on my blog Phil.

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  3. What a fabulous idea, Phil! I would never have thought of such a delicious combo...this is something I am going to have to try soon! I enjoyed the musical clip as well. I've never heard that urband legend about Jimmi Hendrix before- very interesting.

    Thanks for stopping by and visiting,
    Tammy

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  4. What a great combination. A must try.

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  5. What a divine & easy recipe to make! I loved it to bits!

    thanks so much! ;)

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