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.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen @ Savory Simple August 30, 2012 at 10:01 am

This is gorgeous!!!


Kate August 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Thanks Jen! I’m so glad you think so. That color is purely from the basil. I thought it was interesting but I was afraid people might think, “Yuck! What the heck is that??”


A Brown Table August 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm

These look so colorful and beautiful but yet so tempting!


Kate August 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Thank you! They really were so tasty and very intriguing, different kind of dessert.


Katherine August 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm

What an interesting idea!


Kate August 30, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Thanks Katherine! I’m glad you think so. It really was something different and unique.


Renee August 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm

So lovely and you have no idea how much I love basil. Super yum!


Kate August 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I’m with you Renee! It’s my favorite herb and I love to use it probably far too often. I’m so glad you liked this 🙂


Anna @ hiddenponies August 30, 2012 at 11:28 pm

So different, and what a colour! I’ve never seen a dessert with an herb as such a star, I’m intrigued.


Kate September 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm

It’s wonderful Anna!! If you love basil, you will adore this dessert. It’s a new favorite of mine.


Lisa August 31, 2012 at 11:44 pm

These are so unique and look beautiful, Kate! I like basil..but lately I’ve been complaining how they put too much basil in some of the dishes we’ve had at Italian restaurants. I guess taking advantage of the summer bounty! I think I would try this with another herb..but then again..what goes better with basil than stawberries? I could drink that strawberry balsamic reduction – easily!


Kate September 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Oh yes, you need to love basil to love this dessert cause that’s what it’s all about 😉 I would be so curious to see how it would turn out with another herb. Great idea! If you try it let me know, or I may have to give that a go myself. Oh and the strawberry balsamic reductions is crazy good!


suzanne September 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Oh my, another beautiful recipe. Like you I love herbs that pop up in unexpected places. This is wonderful. You are so busy, each one a work of art!


Kate September 8, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Thanks Suzanne! What a lovely comment 🙂 Food truly can be a work of art sometimes, can’t it?


Terra September 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm

This is beyond pretty! I love the idea of a basil in a pots de creme, what a beautiful idea! I love basil with strawberries in my baked goods for sure. BUT I have made lemon and thyme Popsicles which were pretty yummy:-) I love herbs in lots of things, sweet or savory:-) Beautiful, Hugs, Terra


Kate September 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Ooo! I love the sound of lemon thyme popsicles! That must have been amazing and refreshing. So glad you liked these pots de creme!


Meghan @ The Tasty Fork May 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm

This is soooo pretty!! You’re so creative, Kate!


Kate May 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Aww! Thanks so much Meghan! It is definitely probably the most creative thing I’ve ever made, very different and very tasty!


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