A Blush Sorbet With Pears, Rosé and Muscat

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IMG_7332Here in Greece, trees are planted for their shade as much as they are planted for their fruits. Here at my family’s summer home, we have a pear tree that blocks the late afternoon sun and it also provides us with more than enough pears. Want some pears? Come over….guaranteed to get a full bag!

Quite often, my dad will make a compote (combosta) from the many pears that fall off the tree. I sometimes get tired of eating pear compote and this recipe could remedy this pear glut with something bright, tasty and easy to make.

This recipe is inspired by a Red Wine and Pear Sorbet I saw a few weeks ago on Everyday Food, as shown on PBS and produced by the folks at Martha Stewart.

The changes I made to the recipe were my choices of wine…a Rose and a Muscat. I’ve been currently enjoying the new release of the Kappa P35 Rose and I had about 1/2 cup of Muscat left…improvisation time. I used less sugar that the Everyday Food version with my use of Muscat wine.

The original recipe calls for 100% red wine to be used but I’m wary of desserts that come-off as “too boozy”. The choice of a mellow rose along with the sweet, nectar-like Muscat with it’s floral characteristics.IMG_7331

The most popular and well-known producer of Muscat wines in Greece comes from the island of Samos. If you can’t get a hold of a Greek Muscat, one of the other Muscats produced around the Mediterranean basin will work fine.

The recipe’s ease and it’s outstanding texture and flavour make this a “must” to try. The blush colour from the Rose wine, the floral finish from the Muscat and the bits of pear that melt in your mouth with the Sorbet all make this a refreshing, delicious and easy treat to beat the heat!IMG_7336

A Blush Sorbet With Pears, Rosé and Muscat

1/2 cup Rose wine

1/2 cup Muscat wine

1 1/4 cups water

1/2 cup of sugar

1 lb. (about 3 pears) Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces

(about 2 cups)

2 Tbsp. of fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)

pinch of coarse sea salt

  1. In a small pot, add the wines, the water and sugar and over medium heat, bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer and stir occasionally to help dissolve the sugar. Simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the pieces of pear have become fork-tender.
  2. Stir in the lemon juice and a pinch of coarse sea salt and transfer to a shallow baking dish to allow to cool quicker. Place in the freezer until solid (about 3-4 hours).
  3. With a fork, break-up the frozen mass and place in your food processor (in batches if necessary) until completely smooth.
  4. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze overnight.

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19 Comments for “A Blush Sorbet With Pears, Rosé and Muscat”


Beautiful end to a meal!!! When I read “Blush”, I thought rose, maybe strawberry..but never thought of wine….delightful!!


Refreshing, beautiful and so original Petah! Love it that you are putting home grown fruit to delish use! Blushing good this…love the guarantee of a sack of fruit!! Have a wonderful time there!!


What an elegant combination of flavors and the color is delightful! I have had a thing for pears this last year. I must make this.


That has to be the most beautifully flavored sorbet. Gives me idea to do something with the roses in my garden. what a pretty color.


what a lovely hue! i’m a sucker for pastel food (including cotton candy–gasp!), and this sounds particularly refreshing. and fresh. lovely, peter.


I love sorbet, and as soon as this popped up in my reader, I knew I was in for a treat! Thanks so much for sharing and even more choosing to watch Everyday foods at that time to be inspired!


Looks wonderfully refreshing especially for 90+ degree days we’ve been having in FL. Hope you’re enjoy the breezes coming off the Caspian, Ionian, Adriatic or whatever beach you’re on today :)


Love the color, Petuh. I actually love the shade as much of the fruit :) (and of course, the thought of environmental preservation and habitats for birds :)


Now I know what to do with all those pears that my mother gives me. I am always on the lookout for a good pear recipe. So pretty, too!