I can't believe today is my 20th wedding anniversary; how could it be, I'm still so young. My dear friend Paula Todora Down Home Desserts reminded me, it's true you are only as old as you feel. Go visit Miss Paula for some of her amazing desserts I adore.
I'm lucky I have lots of kids around me still; they keep me young at heart. My daughter and I were out window shopping last weekend when we waltzed past the gourmet kitchen store where she spotted a purple ice cream maker, mom we need that she insisted. I tried to summon all my will power and say no, but home "Barney" the purple ice cream maker came with us.
You see me and ice cream have a problem. I try to keep it away from myself because I lose all self-control around it. So we decided how about a nice fresh fruit sorbet with some ripe blackberries I had just picked up. Before you knew it she had me roped into making lemon cupcakes with her, like I said no self-control. That's when the thought occurred to me why not make the sorbet the icing for cupcake, although I do love butter cream blobs.
If you do break down and buy one of these ice cream makers, sorbet can be made in just a few minutes.
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
pinch table salt
4 cups fresh blackberries or frozen, thawed
I threw the inside of the ice cream maker in the freezer. It has to freeze overnight. Combine sugar and water in a small pan and heat on medium until all the sugar is melted. Set aside.
Pass blackberries through a sieve and collect puree. I like to put mine in a food processor first; it makes them easier to pass through the sieve (which is just a fine strainer). Combine the blackberry puree and simple syrup and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
The maker only took 20 minutes to make the sorbet. Then I placed it in the freezer to make it a little firmer.
For the cupcakes I used this recipe I found on Food Network, texture was good, but I will pump up the lemon a little more next time.
What are you waiting for; run down and get your own ice cream maker.
I wanted to say a quick Thank You to Chef Dennis for sending me "Around My French Table" from Dorie Greenspan. I can't wait to start cooking with it. Do any of you having any recommendations for me? Just to let you know if you haven't met Chef Dennis yet, you might want to read his blog for all his great blogging tips, not to mention his yummy food.
I'm off to dinner with my husband and I still have some of this sorbet sitting in the freezing, just waiting for me to return.