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May 22, 2007 12:44 PM

Herb desserts

So this weekend I made Ina Garten's lemon pound cake and added chopped up lemon-basil. We actually made two, one plain and one with the herbs. The herbed one was so much better which got me to thinking (not that the other one was bad by the way), what other desserts out there have you tried with savory herbs?

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  1. I have a rosemary shortbread I keep wanting to try...maybe this summer...

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    1. re: geminigirl

      Rosemary shortbread is great, esp with a little ground black pepper added.

      1. re: isa1

        Do you have a recipe you like? This sounds awfully good.

            1. re: slowfoodgrrl

              Just be careful with the amounts...they can sometimes come out tasting a bit soapy. The right amount of sugar and a bit of salt is key.

            2. re: Candy

              I am longing for lavender ice cream tonight - do you have a recipe?

              I was going to use Nigella's basic recipe (egg-custard ice cream) and exchange the vanilla bean for a little dried lavender. How much lavender, though? Hmmm. Help!

            3. can do lemon-basil cookies too. goes well in creme brulee...basil, thyme, rosemary, lavender, etc...all work. also, work in shortbread.

              1. Tarragon ice cream, especially with a shot of sambuca or pernod to heighten the flavor. I've also made bay leaf flan, which I thought was really interesting and good, but didn't go over that well with the clientele. Sage can work well with citrus or pineapple in sorbet.