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Pear & Vodka Sorbet with Grilled Pears


Spring here in NZ is giving us a range of weather, from warm sunny days back to cold wet and windy days. We even had a hail storm this weekend which is very unusual out at the beach, it’s so unusual that I found a bowl of hail stones in our very small freezer! Hubby found it quite a novelty to see hail in the garden and collected it up, I’m not sure what he planned to do with it, he muttered something about using it in his whiskey, apparently pure glacial or snow water is the best. I think he forgot about the dirty ground it had fell on since it was a small scattering of hail rather than metres of it where a top layer would be pure…bless. I didn’t use it in my sorbet but we do use filtered rain water collected off our roof since we have no mains supply… really it is quite civilized out where I live I promise :o)

We had the sorbet as a palate cleanser as part of a dinner but I am certain it will we a favourite during the summer months as we swing on the hammock in our garden watching the white clouds skit across the blue sky. Hurry up summer!

This recipe doesn’t require an ice cream maker

2 pears, peeled & cored
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
2 shots of vodka
1 egg white

Place the peeled and cored pears, water & sugar in a pan over a medium heat.
Simmer until the pear has softened.
Add the vodka and blend everything into a smooth consistency.
Place in a shallow container and freeze until solid.
Remove from the freezer and mash the mixture to a slushy consistency.
Whisk the egg white and combine with the ‘slushy pear’ mixture completely. You can do this with a hand or electrical whisk.
Place back in the freezer until re-frozen. It will not go complete solid since alcohol doesn’t freeze but will have a good smooth sorbet texture, so don’t be tempted to add more vodka at the beginning as won’t freeze at all!
The pears were just grilled with a sprinkle of sugar and lemon juice, they were quite ripe didn’t need much cooking.

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Now that is taking recycling to a new level, a man who truely appreciates his whiskey:) Lovely recipe, so refreshing x

    September 20, 2011
    • peasepudding #

      ah, that’s what it is he’s become very environmental friendly ;0)

      September 20, 2011
  2. Pear sorbet is one of my fav. and I like the touch of the grilled pear underneath :-). Did you serve the pears warm?? I have a similar recipe in Sweet As, but it is vodka and pineapple, I guess vodka could go with almost everything :-).

    I am on tank water too, I really get a kick out saying that I cook with rain water, especially when I make the self-sufficient meals: i.e. veggies from the garden, fruit from the trees down the road, and water from the sky :-).

    September 20, 2011
  3. That should actually be three shots of vodka, one for the chef. Looks wonderful!

    September 20, 2011
    • peasepudding #

      good point, should always be one for the chef!

      September 20, 2011
  4. I was just gifted a huge box of pears. I now know what I’ll be doing with them. Thanks. and ditto, one for the chef!

    September 20, 2011
  5. I dont like spring in NZ as its the time of the year you experience all seasons in one day, like you said hail in spring. Want it to be summer now.
    Anyways lovely recipe, great dessert after a heavy meal.

    September 21, 2011
    • peasepudding #

      Spring can be the worse time of year here with all the changes and when you think you can’t stand it anymore it changes suddenly into summer from one day to the next!

      September 21, 2011
  6. I had a good laugh visualising Phelan going out to collect hail for his drink! This sorbet looks gorgeous – a friend gave me a bag of beautiful organic pears on the weekend, so I might just have to give this a try xo

    September 22, 2011
  7. Looks lovely! I’ve never made sorbet but love it as palate cleanser in restaurants.

    September 28, 2011
  8. mairi29 #

    Looks wonderful Alli, light & fresh, perfect dessert 🙂

    September 29, 2011

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