When researching dessert ideas I’ve often come across recipes for ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt developed by Jeni Britton Bauer. Jeni authored a cook book titled Jenis Splendid Ice Creams at Home. I finally broke down and bought a beautiful copy for myself and immediately knew I had to try this sorbet.
Riesling is my favorite wine and pears are in my top favorite fruits. The marriage of these two sounded too good to pass up. This recipe is wonderful and easy and honestly amazing.
Jenis signature ice cream recipes always have a little light corn syrup as one of the ingredients. Add the corn syrup to a medium saucepan and then stir in sugar, Riesling, and water.
Peel, core and dice 6 ripe pears.
Place the chopped pears in the saucepan with the corn syrup, water, wine and sugar. Bring it to a boil and cook the pears for about 8-10 minutes or until they are very soft.
Pour the pear mixture in a professional grade blender or process in two batches in a food processor. Blend or process until the pears are silky smooth.
Pour the pear puree through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Push the solids through the sieve using the back of a spoon.
Now we have a gorgeous, smooth pear sorbet base ready to chill before processing in your ice cream maker.
The texture of this sorbet is hard to describe but I can say, without a doubt, it’s soft and velvety, light and deeeelicious! I sure am glad I waited to start my diet until after the weekend – I would have missed this delicious pear infused treat!
If you love the flavor of a good ripe pear, you’re going to love this sorbet!
Riesling-Poached Pear Sorbet
6 ripe pears, peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup Sweet Riesling Wine (I used Chateau Ste Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling – very affordable)
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
Combine the sugar, wine, water and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Stir to combine. Add the chopped pears and heat on medium until the mixture comes to a boil. Simmer for about 8-10 minutes or until the pears are very soft.
Remove the pear mixture from the heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes. Transfer the mixture to a professional grade blender or process in batches in a food processor. Puree until the pears are completely smooth. Pour the warm mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Push the solids through the sieve into the bowl.
Pour the puree into a large Ziplock bag and seal. Set the bag in a large mixing bowl filled with ice and water. Allow the pear puree to chill for 30 minutes then process in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer directions.
Store in a sealed, freezer safe container for at least 4 hours before serving.
(recipe adapted from Jenis Spendid Ice Creams at Home)
Here’s another great recipe for Coconut Sorbet
Or try this Lemondrop Melon Sorbet
I hope you had a lovely weekend. I just don’t know how those two days get by me so quickly! Here it is Monday again already and I still have a whole list of things I wanted to do. I guess it will have to wait – thanks so much for stopping by!