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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

fresh cherry sorbet

Fresh Cherry Sorbet

When I set my mind on accomplishing a task, to say that I am stubborn is an understatement. After all, I have been known to separate an entire jar of jimmies by hand simply because I didn't like one of the colors in the mix. Earlier this Summer, I spotted this recipe for fresh cherry sorbet and just had to make it. Remembering that after several moves we were no longer in possession of a blender or food processor to puree the cherries was just a minor setback in my mind. I was going to make this sorbet come hell or high water and make it I did.

As if pitting 2 pounds of cherries by hand wasn't tedious enough, I still had to find a solution to pureeing the cooked cherries. I did what any logical {stubborn} baker would do - I individually pressed each cherry through a garlic press. By hand. Oh yes I did.

I actually preferred the chunkier consistency of the sorbet as it helped the cherries shine. However, I do not recommend this method if you value your sanity. I will not make this recipe again using my less than conventional method, but I would definitely make it in a heartbeat if I had a blender. Lucky for me, I have a Fairy Hobmother looking out for me who was kind enough to deliver a shiny new blender right to my front door.

In a perfect world, I'd be the proud owner of a House Elf who would have dinner waiting when we returned home from work or who would clean up my kitchen mess should I decide to cook for myself. A House Elf may be out of the question if we are being realistic, but I will happily settle for a Fairy Hobmother instead! My Fairy Hobmother, Jennifer, comes to me by way of Appliances Online and couldn't be sweeter. She heard my plea on Reeni's blog for a new blender and made sure she sent the snazziest blender my way that she could find. I can't wait to find the perfect recipe to christen our new kitchen toy!

Want a Fairy Hobmother of your own? Leave a comment telling us what your secret kitchen wish would be and she just might visit you too! Also, do you have an amazing recipe requiring a blender that I should try? Do share!

Fresh Cherry Sorbet
adapted from

2 pounds fresh cherries
1 cup water
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

Remove both stem and pit from each cherry and cut in half.

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat. Stir occasionally and continue to heat for 15 minutes or until cherries are soft.

Allow mixture to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for at least an hour.

Puree the mixture and then press through a fine sieve, discarding the larger pieces.

Freeze mixture according to your ice cream maker's individual instructions. Allow mixture to freeze completely before serving.


Epicureanaspirations said...

As someone who is just beginning a vegan journey - a powerful blender or a juicer would do wonders.... so fairy hobmother, if u're listening ..... please?? ;) 
On another note... the cherry sorbet looks delicious!!  I can't believe you pureed then all using a garlic press. That's dedication!

Kimmie said...

Oh I do love that you refer to it as dedication and not crazy. =) 

Good luck on your vegan journey - a juicer does sound quite lovely! 

Sues said...

How beautiful is this?!?!

Um, and also, i just spent 20 minutes sorting jimmies out because I only wanted the "pretty" colors in my milkshake. Are we twins?!!?

Carolyn said...


I am doing an end of summer ice cream round up on my own blog, All Day I Dream About Food, and would love to include this recipe.  I would use one of your images, and link back to you, but I wouldn't be posting the recipe directly.  If you would like to be a part of it, please email me at carketch29 (at) yahoo (dot) com.


Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

I can NOT believe that you did that by hand! A garlic press?? Really? I thought you were going to say a potato masher or a maybe that you banged them in a bag with a meat tenderizer and then tried to strain them. A garlic press would not have occurred to me. My sanity would not have survived!

Dearest Fairy Hobmother, I would love a counter-top ice cream maker. Or a great new mandoline to slice my fruits and vegetables.

Lilly said...

You are just too funny!  And big thumbs up for making the sorbet in the end. It looks fabulous.I need a Fairy Hobmother! My lonely kichenaid is waiting for his new friend the ice cream maker =)

Kimmie said...

You are my hero. 

Damaris said...

I wish there were cherries in Brazil right now. This looks so good.

Ann said...

Y-O-U are a woman of determination...and I think it's worth it because wowza!  That sorbet is stunning!  

Mrs. Jen B said...

Stunning.  Gorgeous.  Lusty.  Voluptuous.  These are words that come to mind when I look at that first photo! Oh, and "Give me some of that right NOW!" ;)

You actually originally passed the cherries through a garlic press?? Well, I have to give you props for your creativity and determination, that's for sure! :)