Easy peach basil sorbet – no icecream maker needed

18 Jan

peach basil sorbet - no churn! By The Hungry Mum

Before I start this recipe a confession: I dislike peaches with a passion. Growing up we had a peach tree in the front yard and my brother and his mates took great delight in throwing over-ripe peaches onto the road for cars to drive over. SAfter being driven over multiple times the smell of ripe, pungent fruit would linger and linger. That smell would be enough to turn anyone off for life…

I married a man who loves fruit of all kinds and we often buy tinned (Australian) fruit as well as plenty of the fresh stuff.

My mother-in-law had a family lunch on the weekend and I thought I would make a fruit sorbet to take along as my contribution. Being summer in Sydney a cold, refreshing end to the meal was just the ticket.

I found a suitable sorbet recipe in a fav New Zealand mag, Good. I tweaked it by omitting their lemon and adding the basil.

This peach basil sorbet is a snap to make and requires no churning. Anyone with a tin opener and freezer would easily whip this up. I recommend this as a perfect summer dessert – for those who like fruit, of course 🙂

peach basil sorbet - no churn! The Hungry Mum


820 gram tin of peaches in juice

2 big basil leaves, snipped

1 tablespoon Cointreau – optional


Tip the peaches and juices into a shallow metallic container and freeze until frozen.

Remove, sit on bench for 15 or so minutes then blitz in a food processor until liquid, then tip in the Cointreau and blitz until just combined.

Pour into Tupperware (with lid) and use a silver spoon to stir through the basil leaves.

Freeze for a few hours, remove lid and stir, then continue to freeze for at least six hours.

peach basil sorbet - no churn. The Hungry Mum


15 Responses to “Easy peach basil sorbet – no icecream maker needed”

  1. KitchenSpells January 18, 2016 at 11:48 am #

    Yummy, I bet that tastes amazing, I LOVE peaches! Sounds like it will be lovely and refreshing too 😀

  2. Fourth Generation Farmgirl January 18, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    Sounds fantastic! And, I love that it’s so simple to make. Thanks! 🙂

  3. Sadie's Nest January 18, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    Looks lovely, light and refreshing! 🙂

  4. Anna January 18, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

    Sounds very flavorful and refreshing! Perfect for a warm summer day!

  5. youthfoodblog January 18, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

    Really want to try this out. Beach and basil seem like a good combination!

  6. Anna @ shenANNAgans January 19, 2016 at 2:40 am #

    We had an apricot tree out front of our house, and did all the same things, like you, I cannot stand them to this day. But peaches, I freakin love peaches. Cant wait to try. 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum January 20, 2016 at 9:11 am #

      I knew you’d understand Anna 🙂 We also had a nectarine tree growing up and the biys did the same thing as with peaches so you can guess my position on that fruit, too x

  7. ChgoJohn January 19, 2016 at 6:47 am #

    Sounds good, especially after your substitutions. Gotta give it a try — when and if out temps ever get above freezing. FYI … speaking for myself, the addition of any form of booze to a recipe is never optional but very often required. 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum January 20, 2016 at 5:34 am #

      Sir, I commend you for your pro-alcohol in baking stance. I have only found the addition of booze to be an improvement to a recipe.

  8. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 19, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    I love fresh peaches but I have to admit that tinned ones just don’t do it for me. I used to love them when I was little though. I’d love these with fresh white peaches 🙂

  9. Laura @ Feast Wisely January 21, 2016 at 3:43 am #

    Looks divine – I’d be tempted to throw in a couple of spoons of creamy Greek yoghurt too!

    • The Hungry Mum January 21, 2016 at 6:21 am #

      Why didn’t I think of that?! We buy Greek yogurt in 2kg buckets so I will try that next time x

      • Laura @ Feast Wisely January 21, 2016 at 9:30 am #

        Yes do – it will make for a lovely creamy texture….

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