A Blush Sorbet With Pears, Rosé and Muscat

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”

says:

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

says:

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!!

says:

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.

says:

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.

says:

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

says:

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!

says:

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 :)

says:

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 :)

says:

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!