I had grand visions on this dish. First I was thinking some sort of pear galette, then I thought something savory, maybe with blue cheese... In the end though, I went with something simple (sorry holiday hectics is getting to me), and nothing is simpler than another sorbet!
I knew I wanted something with pear and almond so had Chris pick up some almond paste at the market but never having worked with almond paste, it occurred to me (without opening the container) that it might give the sorbet a ... chalky ... pebbly consistency that I didn't want, so I decided to use Amaretto instead (hey who doesn't like booze in their dessert?).
Next I wondered about what liquid to use. It was a toss up between water or the one cup of apple cider I had left in the refrigerator. I opted for the cider but now I wish I had done the water (or maybe some white grape juice) because Sammi (that's my daughter. Have I mentioned her?) and I both think that the apple flavor may have overpowered the pear flavor a tad.
Last decision, when and how much amaretto to use? I decided to put it in with the pears during cooking, thinking maybe, the alcohol would cook off and leave me with just that almond flavor. Unfortunately, the alcohol did cook off and with it a lot of that lovely almond flavor. So I added another two tablespoons before I put it in the ice cream maker. The recipe below reflects the actual two tablespoons you will need (rather than the four I used).
Oh, and one more note on the sugar, I used half a cup. I think next time I'll use only a third a cup (if I use a juice as the liquid) because it was just a tad too sweet for me.
Other than that, I'll definitely make this again!
- 5 small to medium pears (about 2 lbs), peeled and chopped
- 1/2C SUGAR (I will use less next time)
- 1C apple juice/cider
- 2T amaretto (I'm counting this as almond in the list baby)
- large pinch of ground CINNAMON
- Put all the ingredients except 2T amaretto into a pot. Bring to a boil and cook until pears are tender.
- Puree the ingredients until smooth in a food processor or blender and chill 8 hours or overnight.
- Mix the 2T amaretto into the puree.
- Put into the ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.
Sorry for the image quality. Must remember to not take pictures using my iPhone after beer dinners
For my Weight Watcher peeps, apologies, I forgot to weigh the final product before we ate it. I'm going with 2 points plus per small scoop (i.e., don't pack it in there).