Thursday, August 17, 2017

Strawberry Sorbet with a Hint of Mint


LUCY BURDETTE: We had the most incredible crop of strawberries this year. We couldn't keep put up with eating them, so we froze quite a few, mixing in a little sugar. I wanted to use some before they became afflicted with freezer burn and ended up in the compost heap. Since we were about to celebrate John's birthday with his favorite chocolate cake, I found a recipe for strawberry sorbet on the eatingwell.com website, which I tweaked with less vanilla and some mint. I thought it would be a treat for the people who don't eat chocolate, and a nice touch added to a slab of cake!

Ingredients

6 cups strawberries, washed and hulled
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
I squeeze of lemon
A sprig of mint




The strawberries you use for this recipe can be fresh or frozen. If frozen, let them thaw enough to separate. But make sure they are delicious, not the cardboard kind you get out of season. Grind the strawberries in a food processor until smooth.




Meanwhile, in a pan, combine the water, sugar, vanilla, lemon, and mint. Heat the mixture and simmer until the sugar melts. Discard the mint.




Stir the sugar mixture into the strawberry mixture and refrigerate for several hours until very cold.

Prepare in your ice cream maker as the manufacture directs. We loved the hint of mint!



I found with using frozen strawberries that I probably could have done without the ice cream maker step by freezing the mixture briefly. I don't think this would work with fresh strawberries, but let me know if you try it. If you freeze this overnight after making, it will come out hard as a rock, so let it thaw for a bit before serving.

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9 comments:

  1. I love this, Roberta! Easy and delish. Hugs. MJ

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    1. thanks Celia, it was gorgeous. The strawberries did it!

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  3. Yum, Roberta! I'm going to go buy strawberries at the local grower today just so I can serve this weekend. Thanks! ~ Daryl

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    1. and not a bit of salt or gluten or any of those troublesome ingredients to be found!

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  4. This sounds wonderful!! Just perfect for these late summer days.

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