Desserts are definitely a great thing, but do they have to be chocolaty all the time? Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with chocolate, and if you love a rich chocolate cake with chocolate icing – more power to you. But there are some of us who want other, more unusual flavors in our desserts. So if you’re willing to experiment and want to explore different dessert options here are some desserts that are made with herbs. Get ready for an explosion of flavor and we hope you can find a new favourite amongst these or at least something that will make you want to try and recreate it at home.
1. Lemon Herb Shortbread Cookies
If you like lemon shortbread you will probably love these too. They have that comforting classic shortbread cookie texture, but the flavour is definitely elevated thanks to herbs. The most common herbs to use for these kinds of cookies are rosemary, thyme, sage or even earl grey tea leaves.
2. Peach Basil Galette
Galettes are great for those who don’t like messing about with pie crusts. They’re easier to make and have that rustic home-made look to them. And of course, you can use absolutely anything as filling, but peach and basil is a surprisingly delicious combo.
3. Lemon Honey Thyme Bars
Lemon and honey are a match made in heaven, but once you add thyme to it, suddenly it’s a whole other ball game. The herbs just make it so much more interesting and sophisticated in flavor. You have to give these a try.
4. Chocolate Mint Fudge
We’re not actually against chocolate, you know? Chocolate combined with herbs can yield some very yummy results. And since chocolate chip mint ice-cream is a favourite for many, why not try a chocolate mint fudge? You’ll be surprised by how good it is.
5. Mint Panna Cotta
Speaking of mint, it’s a herb, right? Well if you think you’re not a huge fan of panna cotta you have to try the mint one before you fully make up your mind and decide to be a panna cotta hater. Because it might just sway you.
6. Apple Rosemary Pie
Apple pie is a classic for a reason, but have you tried adding rosemary to the mix? Suddenly an age-old recipe starts sparking with new flavors and it’s better than ever. It’s actually impressive what a little bit of rosemary can do to such a seemingly boring dessert.
7. Cherry and Thyme Clafoutis
This is a French dessert, so you already know it’s going to be delectable. The French really know how to combine flavors in a great way. But what you might be surprised by is that it’s even easier to make than cherry pie. It’s a one pan cake that’s sweet and tart at the same time.
8. Parsley Cake
Yeah, it sounds weird, and we’re pretty sure most of you have never even heard of it, much less tasted it. But don’t knock it till you try it. It’s definitely one of the most unique desserts, some might say it one of those desserts that are an “acquired taste”, but it’s actually quite delicious.
9. Sweet Corn Cilantro Ice-Cream
So obviously this isn’t for everyone, definitely not for the cilantro haters who say it tastes like soap to them. But if you’re a cilantro lover, then you should definitely give it a go. Sweet corn is actually a great ice-cream flair and if you haven’t tried it you’re missing out. It’s one of those unexpected things that you’re hesitant to try but then you’re immediately hooked.
10. Salted Thyme Chocolate Chunk Cookies
So you know how salted caramel became a huge thing recently? And you probably have heard that adding salt flakes to chocolate desserts and cookies makes them even more delicious? Well let’s just say thyme in chocolate chunk cookies is the secret ingredient you never expected to work but, oh boy, it sure does.