Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"The Perfect Scoop" of Strawberry Sorbet

Sorbets have got to be one of the easiest frozen desserts to make-- other than granitas. I've made my fair share of them, and Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit is one of my top favorite flavors. I've made sorbets by making a simple syrup with great results.

I finally joined the group of David Lebovitz fans by purchasing his book "The Perfect Scoop".

The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments 

I've already bookmarked several of his recipes for ice creams and sherbets but I had yet to make one of them...
Until I stopped at my local farm stand that is appropriately named "The Farm". How could I resist buying their freshly picked organically grown strawberries for $2.25 a basket?

I happened to have a bottle of kirsch (for making a future fondue) so I decided to try the recipe for Strawberry Sorbet. I liked that I didn't have to make a simple syrup, because I would have to chill it for a while.

The ingredients and steps are simple:

Fresh sliced strawberries, kirsch (just a little and you don't have to use it), sugar, fresh lemon juice and a pinch of salt.

The strawberries were so naturally sweet, that I didn't have to use a lot of extra sugar. Taste your berries and adjust to your needs.

After an hour, I used my immersion blender to puree the berries. I decided not to strain them because I kind of like the crunch of the seeds.

If you don't own an ice cream maker, they have really come down in price, since the days of the manual versions. I once had the type where you use ice and salt but why bother? My bowl is kept in my upright freezer so all I do is add the chilled mixture and 15 minutes later...

A beautiful deep red frozen strawberry sorbet is ready!

Well... almost. I did put it in the freezer for about an hour.

I am looking forward to choosing my next recipe to make, from this book. While I love an occasional small carton of Haagen Dasz or Ben & Jerry's ice cream-- I am glad that I invested in an ice cream machine. I use it year-round-- even in the winter!

I have several recipes I would like to share with all of you-- but, I have returned to work. I'm really busy registering new students for the school year, so I'll be pretty scarce until the weekends.

Here's a little teaser... this blueberry sauce goes over something really delicious and easy!

Stay tuned!

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Monica H said...

Deb, that is such a luscious deep red- I love it!

I have this book too, but haven't made anything out of it. Here's my problem. I have an ice cream maker but it takes forever for the mixture to freeze properly. I'm not sure why, so i don't use it. I'm not even sure where it is.

But we have a White Mountain ice cream mixer that is amazing but it requires salt and ice- a pain. So unless I'm making a large batch of ice cream, I usually don't bother. I like when I find recipes that don't require either!

What a tease you are! I know what goes under those berries and it's a shame I have to wait til this weekend! But I can't wait!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Beautiful - what a lovely way to highlight the goodness of those juicy strawberries!

Donna-FFW said...

Love the color of that sorbet.. I have to buy myself an ice cream maker, there are so many delicious recipes out there.. I am missing out as is my family. I am going to check prices today! You inspiration, you!

Valerina said...

Nature always produces the most beautiful colours. This looks delicious! That broccoli at the market looks wonderful too.

Phoo-D said...

Oooh this looks beautiful! I have yet to try out this recipe. We need to track down some Kirch!

Frieda said...

Yummy! I have made a couple of recipes from the Perfect will NOT be disappointed!

Bella said...

Debby, What a beautiful sorbet! The color is extraordinary! We're really into ice cream making this summer with the machine we bought for Father's Day, so we'll def'ly have to try this. Oh yes, in regard to the horsies . . . I DID, in fact, have to borrow fromt their carrot stash! Only another horse-lover would know that little piece of knowledge! LOL! Happy trails and cooking! Love, Roz in SC OH, P.S. Joy on the Joy of Desserts has a vintage Thursday line of posts and she has been focusing on ice cream recipes. This week it was peach....YUM! If you drop by her blog; tell her I said "Hello from peachy SC"

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Gorgeous sorbet. I'm now asking myself why did I give that ice cream maker away. Guess I'm going to have to get another one so I won't miss this wonderful treat.

Simple Simon said...

The sorbet looks wonderful and refreshing. I recently made a chocolate ice cream from the same cookbook-haven't blogged it yet, but it turned out unbelievably good!

Frieda said...

Going to make apricot sorbet today...also, I gave you an award!

Kate said...

Debby, this looks wonderful...I can only imagine how flavorful..I will make this one next.

I used his recipe for watermelon sorbet last night...try it!