Basil Blueberry Mousse Tart
Basil & blueberry mousse tart
Recipe byCatherine FulvioVisitors to my cookery school are always surprised to see me using basil with fruit and desserts. It’s so delicious with fruit – sometimes I make a syrup of sugar and water and add fresh basil and blend, then I drizzle over fresh fruit. All I can say is yum with a capital Y! Here, the basil and blueberries are wonderful together and this dessert is easy and looks so pretty as well.
- For the biscuit base:
- 3 large basil leaves
- 100g melted butter
- 120g digestive biscuits
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- For the mousse:
- 1 large sprig basil
- 200g blueberries
- 60g caster sugar
- 100ml lightly whipped cream
- 150ml Greek style natural yoghurt
- 200ml low fat soft cream cheese
- 4 tbsp. sifted icing sugar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ lemon, zest and juice
- Basil leaves, for decorating
- Blueberries, to decorate
To make the biscuit base, brush a 22cm loose base flan tin with melted butter. Place the biscuits, basil leaves, cinnamon into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add enough melted butter to coat the biscuit mix and that the crumbs bind together. Spoon them into the flan tin and spread out evenly, patting down neatly. Place in the fridge to set for at least one hour.
To make the mousse filling, place the blueberries, sugar, lemon zest, juice and basil sprig into a medium saucepan and simmer over a low heat for about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. Remove the basil sprig.
Place the berry mix in the blender and puree until smooth.
To make the mousse, combine the whipped cream, cream cheese, natural yoghurt and cinnamon lightly in a large bowl and add the sifted icing sugar. Fold the puree fruit with the cream yoghurt mixture.
Spoon the filling into the biscuit base shell which is still in the flan tin and transfer to the fridge to set for at least 7 hours or preferable overnight.
Carefully remove the tart from the flan tin, slide it onto a pretty plate or cake stand and then decorate with basil leaves and blueberries.
Winter Tips to add Basil to your recipe
Apricots, goats cheese & basil salad drizzled in honey.
Add freshly chopped basil to a tomato and chickpea soup with carrots, lentils and the juice of an orange.
Add chopped basil to a chocolate brownie mix for a delicious twist.