Thursday, January 19, 2012

Winter Mixed Berry and Citrus Sorbet






It's the end of January.  We are all tromping through the frosty winter months.  The anticipation of light and color becomes uppermost on our minds.  

In moving away from the heavier desserts of the holidays, lighter choices are desired and so we thought - how about sorbet - why not in the middle of winter?




I am still tickled by the array of fruits that continue to dress the shelves of the stores here.  They are now coming from the south - Latin America and South America. 


Grapefruits and oranges are jostling for the starring role here. They are beautiful, sweet, and certainly accepted as we all seek to lighten up our menus and waist lines.






It was these strawberries that caught my eye the other day.  For some reason sorbet came readily to mind.  I was tickled by how sweet the strawberries tasted.


However, I didn't want to overlook the citrus fruits that are beckoning to be recognized and appreciated.




So I thought I would add a few oranges into the berry mixture.  I had some beautiful grapes on hand as well so in they went as the idea grew for a wintery sorbet.




How fun and refreshing to bring some color into our desserts at this time of year.  We are swinging here from skies of deep sulky grey to days glimmering with bright January blue.




Searching for color and vitality in these wintery landscapes can aim to prove gloomy,  but in peering closer at this earthly fabric, diminutive snippets of beauty can assuredly be discovered.




Wintery sorbet.  Pleasant and exuberant to the eyes and palate.  Citrusy fruit is a wintery delight that should be celebrated and appreciated.  


What a pleasant tease during this long  winter stretch.  Before  we know it,  tiny peeps of spring will be nudging their way to the front again.






Mixed Berry Sorbet
(Makes 4-6 cups)


Ingredients:
3 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries of your choice (I used 1 c. strawberries, 1 c. blueberries, 1/2 c. grapes, and 1/2 c. orange segments)
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
zest and juice of one lemon


Directions:
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 (Snippets Notes:  I don't strain ours because I like the tiny chunks) 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.

34 comments:

  1. Delicious sorbet! The color is so inspiring. :)

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  2. i love the color combo.. purple, pink, grey and black.. :D

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  3. Totally YUMMY..I love it..Delicious.

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  4. Stunning photos!!! love the colors

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  5. What a simply beautiful sorbet! It's so cold in NJ this week sorbets will have to wait till spring! I'm thinking hot chocolate!! Have a great weekend!

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  6. Such fabulous dishes and pictures. Really mouth watering!

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  7. I love that close-up of the wet, wilted flower. Beautiful.

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  8. Tu blog es increible, y tus fotos son maravillosas.

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  9. great photos, absolutely gorgeous dish!

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  10. Breathtakingly beautiful photos! The photos with the dark background look like paints straight from the Renaissance.

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    1. I totally agree 100%...love the photos.

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  11. gawd, I hope you do photography for a living too, cause you're just too good! you're so inspiring, love it! and of course that sorbet looks out of this world! :)

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  12. I love love love the color of your sorbet! I bet it tastes fantastic!

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  13. Looks delicious. Stunning photography!

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  14. Beautiful sorbet! That purple color is just so pretty and looks so refreshing this time of year. I just love your ice cream cups too.

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  15. Oh my word. The color alone is simply amazing! Yum!

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  16. what beautiful beautiful pics! love that purple colour... :)

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  17. Those colors are gorgeous! I would love to make this sorbet. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. The colors - especially the pinks - are mouthwateringly gorgeous..especially at this winter time of year. Exquisite!!!

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  19. I adore sorbet!! And I love your beautiful dishes - are they pewter?

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  20. Oh what wonderful photos you take. They are beautiful. The sorbet sounds heavenly too.

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  21. What a gorgeously colored sorbet...a certain winter delight!

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  22. That first photo is just stunning, makes me want to grab a spoon!

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  23. aah so beatiful photographs and for sure yummy sorbet :)

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  24. This winter mixed berry and citrus sorbet sounds delicious. Beautiful photos. Thanks for the post.

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  26. Oh, I love love love love love these photos!!!!!
    Love them.

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  27. Love your pictures, wonderful shots, wonderful focus of even more beautiful food!

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  28. I wonder if I just put it in the freezer after since I don't own an ice cream machine....Would It Work??

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    1. I have never made it without the machine, but I DO think it is possible! The difference will be in the end texture of the sorbet. Here is a link that will help you out... enjoy! http://notwithoutsalt.com/2009/05/18/ice-cream-and-sorbet-without-a-machine/

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  29. This is such a great blog. The photography is superb and I will now test out some recipes

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  30. I'm dying to know where I can get those sorbet cups!

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  31. When we lived in Japan, I used to go all the time to their version of a "goodwill" store. I found these there! Can you believe it? The bowl at the bottom, my mother in law made years ago.

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