Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet with Lavender

 

Poached Pear Sorbet

The texture is soft and the flavor is a gentle reminder of summer. I made this Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet with Lavender for an ice cream party because I have a friend with a dairy allergy. Pears make an exquisite partner for lavender (thanks for the suggestion Nikole).   I wanted to make sure that everyone could have a treat that evening, so I made a few fun sorbets.  Everyone loved the poached pear sorbet even the kiddos (it even had the baby girl in the belly dancing, not even born and she’s a fan)!  Not to worry the wine cooks off during the poaching process, so its a safe treat for everyone.  I can’t wait to share all of the other delicious ice cream/sorbet recipes from that evening.  A huge thank you to all of you who where my taste testers.  I know its a hard job, but someone’s got to do it!  😉

This is a great quick and easy dessert that you can make ahead of time. Plus it gets an extra serving of fruit in your day!

Ingredients:

6 Pears, Peeled and chopped (I used Bosc)

1 1/2 Cup Riesling Wine

1/2 Cup Sugar

2 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

2 Tablespoons Lavender buds (if desired)

 

Place the lavender buds in a piece of cheese cloth or another piece of cloth and tie securely with a piece of string.  Place the lavender into a medium sauce pot. If you don’t have access to lavender buds or you just don’t like lavender no worries this recipe is delicious either way.  If you omit the Lavender I would add 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon.

 

Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet with Lavender

 

Peel, core and chop all of the pear into 1/2 inch pieces. Don’t worry they can be a bit of a hodge podge of sizes as long as they are generally the same size, so they cook at the same rate.  Add the pears and all of the remaining ingredients to the pot.  I know it doesn’t look like enough liquid for the perch to poach, but I promise that all of the juices will release from the pears filling the pot. Plus you can have a glass of wine while it cooks now 😉

 

Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet with Lavender

 

Cook over medium heat for approximately 25 min or until the pears are tender.  Depending on the ripeness of the pears you might need to poach them longer or shorter.  If they take longer to poach and are starting to run out of liquid you can add some additional riesling or water.   *The Poaching process burns off all of the alcohol from the wine so rest assured you can serve this to your kiddos and all your pregnant friends.  If your Preggo friends are anything like mine they love their Ice Cream, and I’m not about to stand in the way of their happiness. 🙂

Once the poached pears are tender remove from the heat and remove the lavender buds; discarding it.  If you have time you can place them in the fridge to chill.  If you are pressed for time you can place the pan in an Ice bath.  Once the pears are chilled place them in your blender and blend on high until smooth.  Please keep in mind that we are working with pears, so they will have a bit of a grainy texture which is normal.

 

Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet with Lavender

 

Using your favorite ice cream maker follow the manufactures directions.  This process should take about 15 min. If you prefer a harder sorbet you can place in the freezer to allow it to firm up.  If you don’t have an ice cream maker never fear you can also just pour the poached pear sorbet mixture into a sealable plastic container and place in the freezer for approximately 4 hours.  I hope your friends and family enjoy this Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet with Lavender as much as mine did!

Adapted from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home

Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet with Lavender

Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet with Lavender
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Sorbet/ Ice Cream
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Serves: 4
 
The texture is soft and the flavor is a gentle reminder of summer. I made this Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet with Lavender for an ice cream party because I have a friend with a dairy allergy. Pears make an exquisite partner for lavender.
Ingredients
  • 6 Pears, Peeled and chopped (I used Bosc)
  • 1½ Cup Riesling Wine
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Lavender buds (if desired)
Instructions
  1. If you have access to the Lavender buds take them and place them in a piece of cheese cloth or another piece of cloth and tie securely with a piece of string. Place the lavender into a medium sauce pot. If you don't have access to lavender buds or you just don't like lavender no worries this recipe is delicious either way.
  2. Peel, core and chop all of the pear into ½ inch pieces. Don't worry they can be a bit of a hodge podge of sizes as long as they are generally the same size, so they cook at the same rate. Add the pears and all of the remaining ingredients to the pot. I know it doesn't look like enough liquid for the perch to poach but I promise that all of the juices will release from the pears filling the pot.
  3. Cook over medium heat for approximately 25 min or until the pears are tender. Depending on the ripeness of the pears you might need to poach them longer or shorter. If they take longer to poach and are starting to run out of liquid you can add some additional riesling or water. *The Poaching process burns off all of the alcohol from the wine so rest assured you can serve this to your kiddos and all your pregnant friends. If your Preggo friends are anything like mine they love their Ice Cream, and I'm not about to stand in the way of their happiness. 🙂
  4. Once the poached pears are tender remove from the heat and remove the lavender buds; discarding it. If you have time you can place them in the fridge to chill. If you are pressed for time you can place the pan in an Ice bath. Once the pears are chilled place them in your blender and blend on high until smooth. Please keep in mind that we are working with pears so they will have a bit of a grainy texture which is normal.
  5. Using your favorite ice cream maker follow the manufactures directions. This process should take about 15 min. If you prefer a harder sorbet you can place in the freezer to allow it to firm up. If you don't have an ice cream maker never fear you can also just pour the poached pear sorbet mixture into a sealable plastic container and place in the freezer for approximately 4 hours.

 

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