The next number of posts will probably be a lot of fruit and vegetable dishes.  The summer time for me is spent on the coast of southern California with a garden full of fruits and vegetables.  I absolutely love this time of year and love going to the farmers markets as well because of the endless choices of produce available.  I have so many different things I can use I really can't keep up with the cooking.  This recipe is a simply dessert using these awesome plums grown on my bosses property.  The sweetness is incomparable to anything you can find in a store. Sorbets couldn't be easier to make.  Basically you make a simple syrup, mix in any fruit you want and place it in the ice cream machine.  Sorbets are dairy free so its a little lighter than ice cream.


2 cups of sugar

2 cups of water

3 cups of peeled and de-seeded plums (roughly 8- 10 plums)

2 tbsp of chopped sweet basil

5 leaves of basil fried

Place sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil.  Turn down to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.  Turn off the heat and cool completely. 

To peel the plums, add water to a large pot and bring to a boil.  Make an "X" at the bottom of the plum and place in the water.  Let them be in the water for about 10 seconds.  Take out of the water using a skimmer and place on a sheet pan to cool.  You can place directly in a water bath to stop the cooking but I don't want to water down the flavor of the plum so I don't.  Peel the plums and cut the meat around the core.  Place the meat in a food processor and puree until smooth, if you want the sorbet a little chunky then don't puree completely smooth.

Combine plums puree with simply syrup mixture and place into a ice cream machine. Use ice cream machine according to there directions.  In the last 5 minutes of the ice cream process add the chopped basil.  Once done place into a air tight container and freeze. 

To serve add a scoop of sorbet and garnish with a fried basil leaf sprinkled with sugar.