Friday, May 7, 2010

Pear Sake Sorbet

A friend recently told me that sake is really trendy right now. I'm not quite convinced that it's really any trendier than it's ever been. (Chicken and waffles, however, that's a trend. Why is every restaurant in DC serving this all of a sudden??) Either way, I'm starting my own sake trend, beginning with this sorbet. The pureed pear is sweet and silky, and the sake is a perfect compliment flavor. Plus, the alcohol content prevents the sorbet from getting too icy.

Does this remind you of The Very Hungry Caterpillar?

This was the only sake at the liquor store. I don't know enough about sake to give a recommendation or critique this one's quality, but for my purposes it was perfect.

Peel the pears.

Cut 'em up.

This is what it will look like after you've boiled down the pears in water and sugar.


5 pears
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup sake

Peel and core the pears, cut them into chunks, and place them in a pot with sugar and water. Boil the pears, water, and sugar on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until liquid has thickened into a syrup (20-30 minutes). Remove from heat and chill until cold. Pour pears, syrup, and sake into a blender and puree until smooth. Add to ice cream maker and churn!


  1. It's hard to believe that so few ingredients can produce such a deliciously interesting flavor. My favorite sorbet to date.

  2. Hey! I stumbled upon this via a friend of a friend. I just got an ice cream maker and am always looking for new inspiration. Great blog!

  3. This site is luscious! I want to stay here all day. Yummmm.

  4. love the pear sake- made it last summer and now that its summer again I'm bringing out my ice cream maker. Brought the pear sake tonight to my book group and it was a big hit. Can't wait to try some new recipes.
    Roberta & Dennis

  5. Yeah, that looks simply amazing! I'm sure it's very delicious too :) btw, can you recommend some good sorbet suppliers in US? Thank you!