Total TimePrep: 25 min. Process: 15 min.
Last year I had a bumper crop of Basil and tried this recipe. I chose it this one because most of the others used vinegar or lemon juice. I did not want to mask that wonderful Basil Flavour. I made it in small 125 ml jars thinking hostess gifts at Christmas time. So delicious, it was gone long before Christmas! This year I planted extra Basil so I could make more. Both times I did 2 batches one green and one with purple Basil. It's so pretty and so delicious. Yes it looks like tea when you boil the leaves in water. Essentially it is tea, but a very little green colouring as suggested fixes that nicely. The Purple Basil makes a beautiful ruby colour Jelly without any addition. Read the comment about not throwing out the basil and losing the flavour so I tasted the leaves after they had been boiled in the water. There was essentially no taste at all. It had all transferred to the liquid - like making grape jelly or apple jelly. We love this on bagels or crackers with cream cheese and the savory tastes compliments scones beautifully. I will make more batches this year so there's some left for Christmas...I hope. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
I haven't tried this but as a cook throwing out the basil is like loosing all the flavor. I would find a good red pepper jelly recipe and just substitute the basil
I would actually give this recipe minus stars. The concept was so mouthwatering but the actual product was a huge disappointment and a waste of my precious basil crop. The liquid that was to be used for the jelly was similar to water that you toss after cooking fresh vegetables. I have anticipated making this jelly since my sister forwarded a copy of the recipe to me, months ago. I have now chucked the recipe. I will be very cautious about trying another recipe for basil jelly any time soon. I just tear up when I think of the basil that was wasted and the lovely pesto that could have been made with it. FYI I am not a novice at jelly making. Family and friends always look forward to gifts of my jams and jellies.
I made this using Thai Basil and purple basil and it was outstanding! I looked high and low for Thai Basil for the garden this year just so I could make lots more jelly. I used the Thai Basil jelly to make Lemon Thai Basil Thumbprint Cookies. Oh my! Fabulous! Just make lemon thumbprint cookies and add a dollop of Thai Basil jelly as your jelly/jam. I can't wait to make more purple basil jelly to try with the lemon thumbprint cookies. One of these days I will have to also make it with "ordinary" sweet basil. Excellent jelly recipe! Thanks for sharing!
Basil is my fav herb and I love anything made with basil. and this recipe really delighted my taste buds
We have not tasted this yet, but the aroma in the kitchen was wonderful! The color was beautiful! The novelty of the basil as a jelly is enticing. We can't wait for it to set up and cool down.
This jelly turned out so well. I loved the texture and the basil flavor. It's great to open this up during the winter and be reminded of this wonderful summer flavor.