An excellent purple

This was delicious. A very simple ingredient list produced this wonderfully sweet (but not too), almost creamy, lovely iced dessert.

Blackberry Sorbet

I mean how can you say no to that lovely shade of pinky-purple?

Speaking of, I didn’t seem to achieve quite the same shade as Ms. Second Helpings did – I’m thinking I needed a higher berry to water ratio. Or to actually make this in berry season 🙂

Blackberry Sorbet

Original from Our Lady Of Second Helpings
Makes about 6 servings
Recipes left to try (& copy…): 20; Desserts: 1 recipe left

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 cups fresh blackberries, rinsed and dried – if you prefer not to dry them, decrease the water a bit
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice (fresh is better, bottled will do)
  1. Mix together the water and sugar in a small saucepan; heat on medium-high to a boil. Stir frequently to prevent the sugar from burning; continue cooking until the sugar dissolves. If you’re using white sugar, the liquid turn clear – if raw or brown sugar, the liquid will be brownish. This should take only a couple minutes.
  2. Add the blackberries to the syrup and bring back to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until berries soften – about 2-5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain the berries through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl (for the syrup). Then mash the berries into the mesh with a spatula or the back of a spoon, until all the juice has been pressed out. Toss out the pulp and stir the lemon juice into the sugar-berry mixture.
  3. Refrigerate this mixture for at least 3 hours before preparing in an ice cream maker, according to manufacturer’s instructions. Sorbet should end up fluffy and will last in the freezer for up to a week – it will thicken/harden over that time.
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A failure of attempt

I may have mentioned in my post on Ginger Syrup that I bought strawberries instead of blueberries – that was just the first whoops of this little adventure. It’s pretty much berry season around here though, so I should just keep trying right now instead of letting this project lie for months. 🙂

So, what else did I manage to get wrong this attempt? Well, not enough berries and too much/too thin syrup. More… fruit tart than pie. Tasty. But not what I was going for.

Winter Berry Pie #4

I don’t think the ginger syrup is the right track – I like what letting the berries sit in it did, but it definitely doesn’t match my memories of Dangerously Delicious’s pies. The syrup was much thicker and I think a bit sweeter. I’m not sure if boiling my ginger syrup down would help. But I think I’ll try a simple sugar syrup. Maybe boil some blackberries in the syrup to get a purple-ish color.

Oh, and definitely buy and use two pears. This time involved red pears, which I rather liked, so they’ll make a reappearance.

Any rate, here’s a record of what I did do this time:

Winter Berry Pie the Fourth

  • 6oz blackberries
  • 6oz strawberries
  • 1 medium red pear
  • 1 recipe of Ginger Syrup
  1. Cut strawberries into slices and the pear into chunks; mix strawberries, blackberries, and pear chunks in a bowl. Cover with the syrup and let sit while you make your pastry dough (if using a pre-made dough, I think 30 minutes will do it.
  2. Make your pastry dough and set-up the crust in a pie pan; partially bake – about 20 minutes – at 350°F. Transfer berry mixture to pie plate.
  3. Bake in 375°F oven for 40-45 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack and allow to cool for about 15 minutes.