• 11 Ratings

Cornmeal shortbread crust is baked on its own, then spread with a sweetened sour cream filling and topped with basil-infused berries; piquant varieties of basil work best, enhancing the dessert's flavor -- and its presentation, when a sprig garnishes each plate.



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Stir together sour cream and 3/4 cup sugar. Scrape in vanilla bean seeds; stir to combine. Discard pod. Refrigerate filling, covered, until firm, about 3 hours or up to 2 days, before using.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Press dough into a 13 3/4-by-4 1/4-by-1-inch oblong tart pan with a removable bottom. Trim edges of dough flush with pan. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Bake until golden and crisp, about 18 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

  • Stir together blackberries, remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon water, basil, and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring gently, until berries have softened and released their juices and mixture is warmed through, about 2 minutes.

  • Spoon sour cream filling into tart shell. Top with the berry mixture. Garnish with basil sprigs.

Cook's Notes

Fragrant spicy globe basil works well in this dessert.


11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0