Basil Pots de Creme with Balsamic Strawberry Reduction

by FoodBabbles on August 30, 2012

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I love herbs in unexpected places, like desserts or drinks. I think they have this wonderful way of enhancing sweets in a way you that wouldn’t expect. Basil is one of my very favorite herbs. It’s so fresh and I want to eat it in everything. So I was perusing one of my very favorite sites and came across a dessert that just wowed me.

Never have I been so enthralled with a dessert. I have seen (and used) basil in desserts before but these little custards put basil in the spotlight. So many times you see basil as merely a tiny ingredient, a supporting actor. Here there is no mistaking who the star is, front and center.

Basil is ground together with sugar, producing a gorgeous bright green, all-natural color and unbelievable, fresh taste. Only slightly sweet and paired with a balsamic strawberry reduction, this treat will have you devouring it and wanting more.

*What unique ingredients do you use in unexpected places?



Basil Pots de Creme with Balsamic Strawberry Reduction

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6

Basil Pots de Creme with Balsamic Strawberry Reduction

Lovely little custards where basil is the shining star with a balsamic strawberry reduction.


  • Basil Pots de Creme from BraveTart
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, plus more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped


  1. Prepare the pots de creme.
  2. Place strawberries, sugar, balsamic vinegar, vanilla bean seeds and pod into a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat until the strawberries break down and the mixture becomes thick and syrupy. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.
  3. Serve basil pots de creme with a dollop of balsamic strawberry reduction.
  4. Enjoy!


Plus 1 hour steep time and 6 hours chill time.