Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Strawberry Sorbet

Our farmers market carries strawberries about 6 months out of the year, so it's high time that I figured out some recipes to use them.  I find that it's hard to improve upon fresh strawberries, but sorbet is one way to make a good thing great.  Strawberry sorbet is one flavor everyone can agree on and was an easy choice for my first sorbet - cherry and nectarine hopefully will be just around the corner.

Fresh sorbet has so much flavor that you won't even miss the fat.  John and I were both amazed by how "creamy" the sorbet actually tasted, which I attribute to its freshness and to straining out the seeds.  If you leave in the seeds your job will be easier, but it obviously won't have the same texture.

Start with one pound of strawberries.  I bought half a "box," and that turns out to be about 4 pounds.  Oops.

Chop off the tops of the strawberries and then slice them thinly.

Toss the strawberries with 3/4 cup of sugar until the sugar starts to dissolve.  Cover and let sit for an hour, stirring occasionally.

Add the strawberry mixture to a blender and toss in 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice and a pinch of salt.

Blend the mixture thoroughly until it is smooth.

If you want, strain out the seeds using a mesh strainer.

You will need to physically force the mixture through the strainer.  I was expecting it to be quick and easy - like draining out pasta water, but that is most definitely not the case.  Once you get a pure unadulterated liquid, put it in the fridge for a few hours to chill thoroughly.  When cold, mix it in your ice cream maker according to the machine's directions.   

Your first spoonful will be unlike any sorbet you've ever had - so creamy you will think it must have a secret ingredient.

So here's to a dessert you can make with minimal effort and eat with minimal guilt.  Make sure you use sweet and ripe strawberries.  Unless you live in California, that means you probably only have a two-month window, so hop to it!

Strawberry Sorbet
From The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

1 pound (450 g) fresh strawberries
3/4 cup (150 g) sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Pinch of salt

Remove the stems from the strawberries and slice.  Toss the strawberries with 3/4 cup sugar until the sugar begins to dissolve.  Cover and let stand for an hour, stirring occasionally.

Pour the strawberry mixture into a blender and add in 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice and a pinch of salt.  Blend until smooth.  If you want extra smooth sorbet, press the mixture through a strainer to remove the seeds.  Chill the mixture in the fridge and then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the machine's directions.


  1. so the picture at the top of this post is the one that made me finally think, maybe i need to get an ice cream maker! that looks SO delicious!

  2. I highly recommend it! They are only $50 or so (amazon is a good bet) and you can make the most amazing desserts all summer with about 5 ingredients per recipe.


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