Most people either love pears or they hate them. Try this refreshing, lightly flavored pear nutmeg sorbet recipe, even if you fall into the latter group. The slightly gritty, granular texture of the pears is softened by simmering them; the freezing process only serves to make them almost velvety smooth. Serve this frozen treat with rich lemon sables.
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 4 ripe pears, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons eau-de-vie de poire, or pear brandy
In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 5 minutes, until the mixture reduces in volume and thickens. Chill the syrup for at least 30 minutes, until it is slightly cool. Process the syrup, cardamom, pears, lemon juice, and pear brandy in a blender until the mixture is smooth. Strain and then freeze the pear puree in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
This pear nutmeg sorbet recipe makes 6 to 8 servings.