i bought my ice cream machine soon after we moved into our house in late may 2009. the very first thing i made was a basic vanilla ice cream made with milk and heavy cream (it took me a while to work up to custard based ice cream) and topped with fresh strawberries. soon after, i made this strawberry sorbet.
sorbet is the easiest frozen dessert you could ever make. juice some fruit, add some sugar and a splash of vodka, and freeze in your ice cream machine. super easy. and the flavor is incredible. i made mine from a quart of super ripe berries i got at the public market for a steal. apparently most people think ripe, super red strawberries are past their prime, rather than in it.
adapted from david liebovitz, in the perfect scoop
1 hour prep, makes 3 cups
1 pound fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and halved
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vodka
pinch of salt
- toss the strawberries with the sugar and vodka in a bowl. cover and let sit about an hour, stirring occasionally.
- pour the strawberry mixture into a blender and add a healthy pinch of salt. blend until smooth.
- refrigerate the mixture (in the blender carafe) until very cold, at least one hour, or overnight.
- process according to your ice cream maker instructions.
this recipe was selected by Alli as one of her top five favorites for sweet tooth friday!