Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I'm off to Brussels, but Per will keep you company here until I'm back on Thursday night! Meanwhile, have a very cooling sorbet, won't you? This is the first recipe I tried from David Lebovitz new book, "The Perfect Scoop" which is every blogger's favorite at the moment. And for good reason, it's absolutely marvellous and I can't wait to make.. everything, really.
The sorbet was fantastic. It has a soft, true pear flavor, and the texture was great. (Admittedly a bit less so after a few days in the freezer, but that's the case with most homemade sorbets and ice creams.)
4 ripe pears
300 ml water
130 g sugar
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Peel the pears and cut them into smaller pieces. Place them in a small pan, and add 125 ml of the water. Cover with a lid and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the pears are soft.
Transfer to a blender (or to a bowl if you're using an immersion blender), add the remaining water, the sugar and the lemon juice, and blend until it's very smooth. Chill this, preferrably overnight, and then freeze in your ice cream maker. (Don't have one? Get one! Hand-stirred is never even close to what you get from a machine.)
And don't let it run too long in the machine, either. The longer you churn a sorbet or ice cream, the more air will come into the mixture. And unfortunately, this makes the flavor less intense. It's especially obvious with sorbets so when you think your sorbet is just about done, taste it, and remove it at just the right point. I can't tell you how long that will take - in my machine (which is by the way probably my oldest kitchen appliance, it's easily over 20 years) it will take 15-20 minutes. Or so.
Recipe in Swedish: