Strawberry Sorbet

A friend was having a special (30th birthday) and I wanted to make him a special treat. He is a non-chocolate lover (I guess it takes all kinds in this world! haha), but loves fruit, so I wanted to make him some sorbet. After searching my blog, I realized I had never included my berry sorbet recipe! Shocker! I have strawberry lemonade, which is also good, but not straight sorbet (which I have made often). Like all of my frozen ice cream/sorbet recipes, it has a bit of alcohol to keep it softer, but not enough for you to really notice or be bothered. You can add a bit more, and I will sometimes use flavored alcohol to coordinate with the flavors of the dessert. (Coconut rum with mango sorbet, for example.)

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If you’re wondering where the recipe is for the granita….wait for it. It’s coming!

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Topic-Changing-Thursdays: What Can’t You Eat?

There is not much that I cannot eat. There is definitely stuff that I do not want to eat, but that’s different. Sometimes it is hard to tell with people if they are just avoiding a food because they don’t care for it, or if it bothers them. And if it bothers them, how bad is it? There are some people I know who can’t eat green peppers, for example, without getting heartburn…not mentioning names, but this day also happens to be my mom’s birthday (hello up there, Mom!) hehe. So, my mom could eat the green peppers, but might not feel super awesome afterwards.

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Tropical Smoothie Sorbet

I have come to the realization that you can basically make sorbet out of anything. You see it at restaurants serving fancy sounding “palate cleansers” and that sort of thing, but at home it is easy to stick to the basics. I have branched out some, with strawberry lemonade, sparkling wine blackberry, and now this tropical smoothie one. I was planning on making a 2-fruit sorbet, but I could not resist the package at the store: a frozen fruit mixture of strawberries, pineapples, and mangoes! I knew it would be a hit with my husband (and with me). So, I did lots of taste-testing as I went, but came up with a sorbet that tastes just like a smoothie you could get out, but in sorbet form.

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Mango Sorbet

Picking up from Monday’s post on vanilla ice cream, I have a mango sorbet for part 2 of ice cream week. This is a super easy recipe, and it makes you realize that buying the Haagen Dazs mango sorbet can be a task for the past. This recipe is cheaper, and I think it tastes better, too (especially after reading the ingredients for theirs which includes pumpkin juice and carrot juice??).

It certainly tastes good on its own, but also as part of a trio of Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet and Sparkling Wine Blackberry Sorbet.

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Sparkling (Wine) Blackberry Sorbet

Do you want a boozy summer treat? This is perfect for you, assuming you are of legal drinking age. Technically you boil off some of the alcohol, but there is still plenty left in the final product.

For my birthday, I received The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz and have been loving all of the ideas in it. I wanted to make something special for my and K’s one year wedding anniversary, so even though I posted the cheesecake, this is the real dessert I made for us. It needed to use blackberries since I had some that needed to get used up. I had my eyes on a few recipes, but once I saw that this one uses sparkling wine, I had to go with it!

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Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet

I had been wanting to make this for a while, but first I had to make some other random treats. We love Molly Moon Ice Cream and were super excited when we got to go to the release party for their cookbook. I’ve already made some of their ice cream flavors (must post some more!!) but wanted to try their sorbets. The style is different from what I’ve made before. You end up making a simple syrup and mix it with the blended fruit. I was not sure how it would change the texture and/or flavor. To be honest, I do not think it did much. You could probably make this more like the basic sorbet style of using a food processor/blender to mix everything. But, it was nice and smooth, so maybe you want to try it this way?

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