Summer Strawberry Sorbet ~ YOUR WAY #BakeTogether

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by Abby Dodge on June 10, 2011

 

Me and the gang have been chatting on Twitter about what our next #baketogether project should be.. (If you are wondering what #baketogether is? Read through this post. ) Lots of good ideas popped up including  a take on my Choco Chip Double Decker Brownies (thx for the Decker love Sheri ) but I’m thinking we should save that for fall or maybe later this summer. I mentioned Ice Cream as our starting off point and several people, including Barb at Creative Culinary pointed out that not everyone has an ice cream maker. So, being that we are a very inclusive, friendly group, I switched from ice cream over to a sorbet because that way, folks can use the makers if they got ‘em or, instead, they can use the same mixture and make it into a granita.. both wonderfully refreshing and perfect for a summertime dessert (think “Slurpy Headache, Brain Freeze, etc).. or, if you are anything like me,just call it breakfast.

One decision down.. the next was choosing a flavor..

Two days ago, I was at the brand new Whole Foods that opened up less than 5 miles from my house – thank the heavens – and their bins were filled with all sorts of summer fruits – peaches, mangoes, nectarines, plums, apricots (including red velvet ones – ever so pretty) and berries galore. No, none all of these guys are local quite yet but they will be in just a blink of an eye. I promise. After much sniffing, eye-balling and touching (yes.. I’m well know for groping fruit at my market. Hey, a girl’s got a right to the best fruit, right? Exactly.),  the fragrant, ruby red strawberry betties ( born and raised locally) were just begging (and yes, fruit does, in fact, speak to me and I know I’m not alone on this so ‘fess up fruit whisperers.You know who you are) to be whizzed up and made into a sorbet/granita..

OK.. so we have a recipe (see below).. now it’s time for everyone to switch it up. Will you:

– add a chopped herb? maybe lemon basil?

– infuse the sugar syrup with mint or maybe lemongrass?

– change the fruit?

– turn it into ice cream by using heavy cream or half n half instead of the water?

– use another liquid instead of the water?

– make Sorbet Sandwiches? try my choco wafers I made for Fine Cooking?

– make a frozen pie or Bombe

– serve it with a sauce?

– make a parfait?

– make your own cones?

How about all of the above?

I’ll tip my hand and tell you that I’m thinking of using peaches with a touch of cream and packing it into a sweet & salty pretzel crust and maybe serving with a drizzle of caramel or chocolate.

Can’t wait to make and taste everyone’s Strawberry Sorbet ~ YOUR WAY!

Abby

ps.. that’s my Tierney’s hand in the pic above.. you’ll be hearing from her in an upcoming  guest post.