Sunday, July 12, 2009

Blackberry Sorbet, Part 1, the Classic


My father had a great berry patch and he always regretted that he'd planted blackberries, wishing that he had more raspberries instead. He didn't like dealing with the brambly blackberry canes, and my mother didn't lcare for the big seeds in the berries. I, on the other hand, gloried in the crop of blackberries from our bushes.

Blackberries are my very favorite berry, and possibly my favorite fruit. I don't even mind the big old seeds. I eat berries baked into coffeecake for breakfast, stirred into yogurt for lunch and sprinkled on my salad for dinner. But when our farm box offered the first crop of locally raised blackberries, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them: make sorbet!

In his incomparable ice cream book The Perfect Scoop, David Lebovitz has not just one, but two, blackberry sorbet recipes. I suffered a few minutes of indecision as to which one to make before deciding to make both! This post will be dedicated to the classic blackberry sorbet and the following post will feature the blackberry-lime version.

n.o.e.'s notes:

- You can find the recipe for blackberry sorbet on this blogger's post. She gives good advice to adjust the quantity of sugar to taste, depending on the sweetness of the particular blackberries.

- This sorbet is a snap to put together. The only trouble I had was keeping the two types of sorbet straight since I made them simultaneously.

the verdict:

I was very glad I made this sorbet, which delivers the nice, sweet essence of blackberry in a cold, refreshing way. Daughter J.D.E. liked the nice soft texture and said, "It's almost like biting into a cool juicy blackberry."

8 comments:

Eliana said...

This is one of my favorite berries too, even though the seeds always get stuck in my teeth.

Natashya said...

Yum, I love The Perfect Scoop, his recipes are spot on.
Great looking sorbet!

Laura said...

I was just thinking while at the store that I would like to try a sorbet, since I always make ice cream. I have the perfect scoop so I will try the recipes. I love that book.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Kayte said...

Oh, I love blackberries, too, and this sorbet looks so beautiful. I think there are about a million ways to serve this one...the drama of that color is outstanding.

Engineer Baker said...

See? I totally need to find blackberries. I just love how vibrant the color is!

Leslie said...

I love blackberries and for years I made a blackberry pie at Thanksgiving, until I realized I was the only one eating it. Then I switched to cherry. I'm going to have to try one of these blackberry sorbets, but which one....

pinkstripes said...

This looks good too, although I think I would prefer the one with lime. I love making sorbets, they are so quick and easy.

Cathy said...

I love that this has a soft texture - that is not always the case with sorbets (at least in my limited experience). This sounds delicious and refreshing!