I can thank two friends for this recipe. They came over for dinner and I served a favorite dessert—a trio of 3 sorbet balls studded with mint leaves. (Ok, I forgot to add the mint that night, but imagine it as it should have been.)
During dinner they mentioned that they were not going to be around to pick the cherries on their “baby” cherry trees and we were welcome to them if we were interested. We jumped at the chance—who could resist foraging for fruit?
That weekend we headed out and returned with a medium sized bowl of cherries and a lot of enthusiasm.
Harvest in hand, err… bucket, I hit the web for recipe ideas and freezer sorbet popped right up.
I always hesitate to try things like sorbets because working with the ice cream freezer is so much work. And recipes for freezer versions usually require freezing, extracting (at just the right moment??), then running through the blender a second time—would I ever get the timing right?
But this recipe swore it would work right in the freezer with just some simple stiring. With sorbet fresh in my mind, that was all it took to convince me.
The notes claim that the salt is responsible for keeping it from freezing too hard, but I suspected it was the wine and reduced the salt. Even in my zero degree freezer, it came out perfect. I even skipped the extra stirring, tasting without stirring after a couple of hours, then heading out of town while it finished. Here is my version:
Easy Freezer Sorbet
- 3 cups pitted tart cherries
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Place the ingredient in a blender, and process until smooth.
2. Pour the mixture into a 6-cup freezer container with a flat bottom. Cover and freeze until hard.
My college aged daughter was home and started gobbling it down before it was even fully frozen. (I admit to threatening her with a fork.) When finished we combined it with a couple commercial sorbets to recreate my dessert and indulged once again.
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This was sooo… easy, there will definitely be variations on this theme. Next time—peach??
What flavor sorbet would you try?
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