Author Notes: This sherbet is refreshingly light, a great confectionery side with cookies, pies or cakes. Very ripe pears soft to the touch or Trader Joes pear halves in a jar of white grape juice, my favorite to use, work beautifully for this recipe. It is very easy to put together, most all the ingredients are pureed in a blender. I was originally inspired by an older Food52’s pear holiday theme; and I credit this frozen treat’s success to my intuition, The Ultimate Ice Cream Book and online Food52 recipes I read! —lapadia
Makes: one quart
Instructions are for using a Cuisinart Ice Cream maker, the freezer bowl must be chilled overnight; otherwise, follow your ice cream maker's instructions.
3 cups very ripe juicy pears - peeled and cubed
OR... a jar of Trader Joe's pear halves in white grape juice, my favorite to use.
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pinch of sea salt
Fresh grated nutmeg – 10 grinds
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons coconut liqueur (Malibu Carribbean rum)
1 cup half & half cream (use heavy cream if you prefer)
Optional - Shredded sweet coconut garnish for a snowy effect
- In a blender, combine first 6 ingredients, puree - about 30 seconds, or until the ingredients are blended.
- Pour the pear puree into an 8 cup container, preferably with spout & handle so that it will be easier to pour, later.
- Stir in the cream and coconut liqueur until well blended.
- Place in the freezer for 20 up to 30 minutes.
- Place the ice cream maker’s freezer bowl and any attachments needed onto the machine base; turn ON, stir the puree a couple times to blend in any of the puree that had started to freeze.
- Pour puree into the freezer bowl and let churn until thickened, about 25 – 30 minutes. The sherbet will have a soft texture at this point.
- Cover the freezer bowl and place it into the freezer to let the sherbet set until firm enough to form into balls.
- Once set, using an ice cream scoop form into balls and keep them in an airtight container until serving time.
- Optional - garnish with sweetened coconut shreds for a snowy effect.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Coconut
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Holiday Confection
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Pears