Friday, April 11, 2008

Strawberry Balsamic Sherbet


I spied the season’s first strawberries yesterday and grabbed them. Bright red, plump and calling out to me for immediate purchase, my initial inclination was to make a sorbet. But then I remembered a delicious sherbet I’d had at a friend’s house a few years ago. It was a fresh and bright compilation of fresh strawberries with a splash of really good balsamic vinegar. Very simple and very much in tune with the best of spring’s bounty.

This recipe comes together really fast - no muss, no fuss. The mixture is blended and chilled and then spun in your ice cream maker. Presto! Glace à la fraise, the essence of strawberries.


Bench notes:
- Sherbet is a fruit puree to which a bit of dairy has been added. This is what differentiates it from sorbet, which is basically fruit puree and simple syrup.
- If you happen to have a high quality balsamic vinegar, now is the time to use it.


Strawberry Balsamic Sherbet

1 pound of fresh and fabulous strawberries
3/4 C sugar
1 T balsamic vinegar
1/2 C heavy cream

Combine fruit and sugar in a food processor or blender. Add balsamic and blend into a puree. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours. Strain the mixture if seeds bother you. Add cream and freeze in your ice cream maker. Voila!

21 comments:

Cannelle Et Vanille said...

Great recipe! I am actually going to be making some sherbet this weekend too. I just love the bright colors of your photos! Great job once again.

Anonymous said...

This is so perfect for spring/summer. It sounds delicious - thanks!

yen said...

ARRRG! I want an ice cream maker SO BAD! This sounds amazing!

Susan @ SGCC said...

Look at that gorgeous color! The epitome of Springtime. I love it!

Rachel said...

lovely! I love sherbet!

Anonymous said...

Get out! Strawberries? The frost is still coming out of the ground here at home. But I bet the sherbet would be wonderful with the pecan praline cookies....

Anonymous said...

Mmmm... that looks amazing. I can't wait to get my hands on that first pint or three of fresh berries!

skoraq cooks said...

I absolutey adore strawberries so I definitely must try this sherbet with balsamic vinegar. Unfortunately April is not a season for strawberries in Poland so I am forced to wait a couple of weeks more to be able to try it out. What a torture!!!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Perfect summer dessert! The photos are great too!

pastry studio said...

Hello berry lovers! I hope you are anticipating this season's crop of fresh fruit as much as I am. First, the strawberries. I hope you get a chance to try this sherbet - it's so easy and fast and a real reminder of all the tasty wonders of the natural world. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

What kind of ice cream maker do you have in mind for this?

The old wooden crank kind? The Cuisinart ones I see advertised? Something I haven't even heard of?

Thanks.

pastry studio said...

Helloooooo little dog! I just have a little Cuisinart at home. A very simple and reliable machine. Not very expensive and worth every penny!

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Unknown said...

That looks so good. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are a good combo and using them in a sherbet is a great idea!

3di15 said...

Now, I have the perfect recipe for my balsamic vinegar!! Thank you very much!!
Only one question: what type of cream do I have to use? Whipped/whipping/plain? Thanks in advance!

pastry studio said...

Elisabetta, it's heavy cream. I will go in and change my post so it's clearer. You can use whipping cream if that is what you have on hand. FYI, heavy cream has 36% - 40% butterfat and whipping cream has 30% butterfat. For ice creams and sherbets, the higher butterfat content is desirable!

Thanks so much for your question and I really hope you enjoy this special ode to the glorious strawberry!

Anonymous said...

I made this recipe over the weekend and it's so delicious! It was the perfect thing for all the fresh berries I had.

pastry studio said...

karyn, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It's simple, easy and really delicious. What more can you ask for?!

pastry studio said...

karyn, I just visited your blog and it's really stunning! I love fabric and design and all the things you write about. Thanks so much for stopping by so I could discover it.

3di15 said...

I finally managed to prepare it too.. it is really awesome!! Can I translate this recipe in italian for my blog? Many thanks for inspiration!!

Linda said...

I am enjoying some right now--it's PHENOMENAL!!! Thanks for the recipe!!