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MoFo #6: Dessert — Pear-Cider Sorbet

6 Oct

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Fall means it’s pear season, and aside from just eating ’em whole I love love love pear desserts! As you’ll see in a post next week, we went apple picking at the end of last month and picked up a ton of fresh apples & pears and apple cider. I was planning on making a pear tart for this week’s dessert post but it was so hot this week that I was desperate to keep the oven off. Plus, my super awesome sister-in-law bought us an ice cream maker attachment for our stand mixer and I really wanted to try it out! I found this pear & apple cider sorbet recipe in Hannah Kaminsky’s new book Vegan a la Mode.

You start by poaching some cubed pears in apple cider, sugar, and cinnamon. I decided to try my fancy Ceylon cinnamon, since it’s supposed to be milder and pairs well in fruit desserts.

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Then you puree the mix and let it chill for 3 hours in the fridge. I was not too happy at this step because the plastic screw on part the bottom of the blender cup is cracked so the weight of the mix made the bottom fall off as I lifted cup to attach it to the base. A bunch of boiling liquid spilled all over me and the countertop. Ouch! But I slopped it all back in the blender and persevered…

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Action shot! I don’t know if the mix of the ice cream tub should have cooled longer, but it took forever to start freezing up.
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The finished product!  It ended up a little icy, but delicious.  Mr. Chickpea said the sorbet tasted like frozen pear/applesauce, and I agree.  The freshness of the fruit really came through and wash such a nice treat on a warm night.  For even more apple-y goodness I had a glass of fresh cider on the side.

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The weather has finally cooled down, so stay tuned for baked sweeties next week!

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