Saturday, July 16, 2011

Mixed Berry Sorbet and Vanilla Shortbread Cookies

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It's HOT!  It's "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" hot!  I went out for my morning walk at 6:45am and was drenched in about 10 minutes.  Everyone is staying cool, pools are filled with laughing children, and cold chilled dessert treats are on the top of everyone's minds.

What is the perfect pairing for these steamy days?  Chilly frozen sorbet and fresh middle of the summer berries.  Patrick wanted an ice cream maker last year for his birthday.  We decided to try it out for sorbet.

I must say, this recipe is deliciously satisfying and amazingly simple.  For some reason, I thought sorbet was more complicated to make but - it's NOT!!

We are trying to beat the heat with healthy food options.  Not reaching for ice cream every time we go out becomes difficult as it's so easy to reach for anything cold for a little burst of relief.

Berries are nature's candy.  They are so beautiful.  There are so many tarts, pies, and wonderful summer desserts to tick off the list of summer favorites.  I even saw some homemade tasty berry fruit leather that looked like an interesting kitchen endeavor!

Do you remember those shortbread cookies from a few days ago?  Mmm.  These sorbets couldn't have had a better partner than these buttery rich shortbread cookies.  If you feel the need to add these delectables to your sorbet you can find the recipe here.

I know.  Shortbread isn't exactly healthy living is it?  But, the way we justify it around here is that sorbet was a better option than ice cream!'re beginning to see this family's ...logic.  Or, perhaps its heat stroke symptoms!

The color of this mixed berry sorbet is like a sunset and a sunrise combined.  The vibrant, rich, deep magenta colors of the fruit make each and every taste burst with fresh fruit flavors.  Pandora's box is open now, because I want to try making sorbets with nectarines, plums, peaches, kiwis....

An interesting note about this sublime mixed berry sorbet is that it doesn't last that long in the freezer.  The tiny bit that was left in the container in the freezer became rather icy after a few days.  

"Oh dear, what to do!" you might exclaim?  "No, no, no, don't worry too much" I say gently with a twinkle in my eye.  "It just means another scoop for each person the first go round, of course."

Mixed Berry Sorbet (adapted from Tartlette's blog)
(Makes 4-6 cups)

3 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries of your choice
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
zest and juice of one lemon
In a medium saucepan set over medium high heat, place the berries and the rest of the ingredients in a large pot and bring to a quick boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Puree until smooth in a blender or food processor and then strain through a fine mesh chinois (strainer). Process in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer's instructions.  I made my sorbet in the afternoon and we had to freeze it overnight for it to really set properly.


  1. The colors in this are absolutely beautiful!! Gorgeous summer desert!!!

  2. Oh this makes em uhm wanting:)Great picks and great yummies you made again.Would like to include this post in my series Foodgazam on one of teh group blogs I am member of.I will have to trnaslate it in serbain but will stay thru to original text.
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  3. " The tiny bit that was left in the container in the freezer became rather icy after a few days. "--

    I have such ice cream fiends on my hands, after 10 mins on the countertop, they dont know any better :)

    And the blue ramekins/bowls that you have the ice cream in...GORGEOUS!! I love handmade pottery..oh they are gorg!

  4. That's it??!! Oh so easy and delicious. Definitely going to try this one - I just adore sorbet!!

  5. hey sarah! Loved your blog and i did vote for your delicious blog :)and also am sharing it in my blog too (Monday). Hope you like it! All the best :-) Wish u all good Luck!

  6. I remember those shortbread indeed, how could i forget them! I adore your little blue pots, so so cute :) Delicious looking sorbet too, wonderfully summery post!

  7. Even though we don't have any steamy days to chase the heat away from, this looks delicious! I will definitely be trying it this "summer"... (not that summer plans on visiting this year...)
    I voted - bon chance!

  8. Awesome color and bet it tasted heavenly too! Thanks for the lovely recipe.

  9. That sorbet looks so creamy somehow. I can almost taste it. It's hot here too. I am already secretly longing for the coller months.

  10. Gorgeous color in that sorbet!!! Wow!

  11. sorbet is gorgeous...the cups are stunning as well!

  12. Gorgeous sorbet! I am truly enjoying winter in Sydney and not looking forward to the heat that will return in a couple of month's time!

  13. Gorgeous photos. And I want that sorbet and those cookies, yum.

  14. Yet another beautiful post - I have to tell you that your blog is a delight!

  15. I love the color of this sorbet. Looks so summery. Hey did you try making this into like an ice cream sandwich? I dont know why I think this would be delicious!

    A Platter of Figs

  16. The color of this sorbet looks to die for! Lucious dessert!

  17. Something that is so easy to make, looks this good, tastes even better has my name ALL over it :) Fantastic treat for the summer and oh so healthful.

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  18. Your photos are so gorgeous. That luscious looking sorbet in those earthy blue cups, with the crisp looking shortbread cookies is magazine worthy. In fact I would say your pictures of food are better than any I have seen in the best food magazines. Thanks for keeping us inspired to cook and tackle making sorbet!

  19. Oh no - now you've got me pining for warmer weather! This sorbet looks like the perfect summer treat (I love the logic in your family - can I use it too?).

  20. Sarah, these images are enough to weaken the most dedicated! Gorgeous and such deliciousness with that sorbet....xv

  21. Sarah, Such coincidence... We just made berry ice cream (also much easier than one might think) with sugar cookies and put them together into ice cream sandwiches. I am loving this summer goodness!

    Your photos are beautiful. I especially love one with the ice cream scoop in the bread pan. Stunning!


  22. Your logic makes perfect sense to me!


  23. By the way, those little blue cups are absolutely gorgeous!
    And the colour of the sorbet within them adds even more perfection to the perfection.


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