Lemony Apple & Basil Frozen Dessert

Lemony Apple & Basil Frozen Dessert

Just the right amount of sweet, tart, tangy & savory for an apple dessert that’s perfect for summertime.  With fresh basil, creamy ricotta & nutty pistachios, you’ve got yourself a real Italian treat!

Apple & Herb Frozen Dessert


  • 2 1/2 cups Apple preferably a sour variety
  • 3/8 cup unfiltered apple juice or cider
  • 2 lemons zested and juiced
  • 1 cup Basil
  • 2 Tbsp pistachio shelled
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese


  • Quarter, peel and core the apples. Put into a pan with the apple juice, bring to the boil, cover and cook for 2 - 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Wash the basil, shake dry and pick off the leaves.
  • Puree the apples with the cooking liquid, lemon juice, basil leaves, 1 tbsp pistachios, and sugar. Blend in the grated lemon rind, cream, and ricotta. Finely chop the rest of the pistachios and mix in.
  • Transfer the mixture to a metal bowl and put into the freezer for about 4 hours. Stir frequently to prevent any large ice crystals from forming (alternatively finish off in an ice cream maker).


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