Jul 8, 2011

Cherry Sorbet



A cherry-licious ice cold treat on a hot summer day.

I've been playing around with my new ice cream maker and I'm having fun with all the possibilities, you should expect to see a lot more frozen treats in the weeks to come!

First on my list was sorbet. Cherry ice is my favorite summer flavor but I was really amazed at how much better cherry ice tastes when using real cherries and not the artificial cherry flavor we are all used to. The deep red color is all natural, no color added. Although pitting the cherries is a bit time consuming, it's well worth the end results.

These would make great tasting ice pops too if you don't have an ice cream maker. Use your sweetener of choice, Stevia of course could be used in place of the sugar or agave if that is what you prefer, without the sugar a serving is 2 points+.



Cherry Sorbet
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1/2 cup • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 4
Calories: 136 • Fat: 0.2 g • Protein: 1.2 g • Carb: 36.9 g • Fiber: 2.4 g • Sugar: 31.2 g
Sodium: 0.7 mg

Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs cherries
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Stem the cherries and remove the pits.  In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the cherries with the water, sugar, and lemon juice, and cook until the cherries are very soft and cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.  Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature, then refrigerate to chill thoroughly.

Puree the cherries and their liquid and put the mixture through a fine sieve.

Once the cherry mixture is chilled, freeze according to your ice cream maker's instructions.


Makes 1 pint.

55 comments :

  1. Looks Fantastic! Cherries are my favorite summer fruit! I know what I'm making for dessert tonight.

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  2. Looks gorgeous!! I wish I had an ice-cream maker :(

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    1. Just freeze it in a square baking pan, scraping the edges into the middle as they freezes. First time it gets all firm, break up chunks and beat by hand or with a mixer. Freeze again and ready. Enjoy!

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    2. Granny Porkchop, Thank you for the suggestion!

      I have a small kitchen with limited storage. Don't have room for all the specialty items that might be used maybe once a year.

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  3. I'm so happy the farmers market is in town tomorrow! I can not wait to try this, it looks AMAZING!!

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  4. Thanks so much, Gina. Cherry is my favorite flavor and so full of good nutrients.

    By the way, what kind of ice cream maker did you get and are you pleased with it? I am in the market for one and would love your feed back.

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  5. I am so pleased to see this. I have an ice cream maker and I've been looking for good low fat recipes without success. Looking forward to making this and seeing what other great recipes you come up with :).

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  6. I bought a Cuisinart 1 pint ice cream/sorbet/frozen yogurt maker. It worked great, no complaints! I linked to it at the top, bought it on amazon!

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  7. Whole Foods is having a cherry sale today only ($1.99 a pound for Washington cherries). I was already planning on making a batch of cherry jam. Now I need to go back out and buy more cherries for sorbet! :)

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  8. Oh goodness... I'm going to have to make this!

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  9. I have not tried agave nectar yet but would like to... I thought it was sweeter than sugar so you should use a little less (like 2/3-3/4 as much). Have you found that to be the case?

    Thanks for the awesome recipe, can't wait to try it! I love cherries!!

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  10. I don't have an ice cream maker, but I saw you mentioned ice pops. So after putting it through the sieve, you would put into the molds? This sounds so yummy and I know my five-year old will be super excited to make them!

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  11. We have an ice pop maker. Cherry is my all time favorite fruit. Why the need to strain?

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  12. This sounds delicious! Unfortunately even in summer cherries are so expensive around here that I am not sure I will bring up the courage to include them in our budget... *sigh*

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  13. Is it possible to make this without an ice-cream maker?

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  14. YAY!! I'm so glad you got an ice cream maker. I've wanted to make icecreams and what not but was worried about killing the nutritional stats with all the recipes I've saved. Now I know youre on 'the case' and I will have healthy ones! Thanks and can't wait!

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  15. can you use Splenda?

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  16. I will try this with frozen raspberries and hope it will be delicious tonight.

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  17. If you use Splenda, instead of sugar will there be any points? If so, then how?

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  18. That looks divine and cherries are on sale this week, too! Thanks!

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  19. This looks so delicious! Makes my mouth water!

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  20. Sherry - They say agave is sweeter but I think it's pretty equal. I would use the light one if using.

    Ashley yes, just pour them into the molds after you strain. Straining is completely optional but it was just my preference.

    Shira- I just saw mango sherbert on Kalyn's Kitchen she just made one without an ice cream maker if you want to check her out.

    You can use Splenda, however I'm not sure if it will effect the texture at all. It may make it a little grainier but I have not tried it.

    Hope you all enjoy, summer is so short and cherries are my favorite so I am trying to get the most of them.

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  21. I think I really need to get myself an ice cream maker now! I didn't want to end up eating tons of ice cream with all the cream and sugar but sorbets can be so much fun!

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  22. This looks super yummy! So refreshing for the hot weather we're having!

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  23. How much splenda?

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  24. I had extra blueberries so I am trying it with those. I am excited to see how it turns out.

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  25. I am going to try making these as popsicles. What a GREAT idea, I love cherries!

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  26. This was also an excellent recipe! I would like to try it with Splenda next time just to test it. I used my Kitchen-Aid ice cream attachment, and it worked well using this recipe.

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  27. wow. this looks amazing. I've recently been given an ice cream maker as a housewarming gift. This looks too good not make!

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  28. This looks like a great recipe. I've been using my ice cream maker as much as possible so far. I know I'd love the cherry flavor, especially with some dark chocolate chips mixed in.

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  29. Do you have any suggestions on where to buy a sieve? I have been looking for a quality one for awhile!
    Julianna
    jrholbroo@yahoo.com

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  30. Sur La Table or William Sonoma would have good ones.

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  31. this sorbet looks amazing! I recently made my first sorbet. But I had to make mine the old fashioned way since I don't own an ice cream maker...yet! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Maranda, what's the old fashioned way? I don't have one either. Just stir and freeze??

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  32. Yum! I am on a sorbet kick right now and Cherries are just in season where I live. Can't wait to make some cherry sorbet!!

    Heather at Farmgirl Gourmet

    p.s. - I love your blog!!!

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  33. I was so excited to make this but after it was done, it just was not as good as I had thought it would be. The sorbet was just a little too sweet for me. Next time I will reduce the sugar.

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  34. First, you are making a cook out of me. Second, I made this and it was great. Because you are giving me confidence, on the second go around, changed it up a bit. Used 1 cup Diet Ginger Ale (instead of water) and 1/3 cup sugar (in lieu of sugar). Wow. So good. Thanks. h

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  35. I made this last night and it was absolutely amazing. One piece of advice I have to give is to heed Gina's advice of straining the cherry mix through a sieve before putting it in the machine. For some reason I didn't feel like that was a necessary step because I wanted my sorbet to have some chunks of fruit in it, but alas, it would have prevented the little pieces of pits to get in and would have had just as much cherry flavor, I'm sure. Live and learn. :) Thanks for the awesome low-point recipe, Gina. It was truly awesome!

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  36. I ordered the recommended ice cream maker right away and tried this recipe on Wednesday. For some reason my cherry pitter wasn't working correctly so I made a total mess pitting them. After all that work, the result was very tasty! I would recommend using a little less sugar if your sweet cherries are very ripe and it helps to place it in the freezer for a better texture/firmness. It was even better the second day. Now I can't wait for more frozen dessert recipes!

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  37. I am the luckiest girl in the world because I went to Ginas for dinner and she still had plenty of this fabulous sorbet leftover and she was kind enough to ask me to finish it to which I happily obliged!!! I had been stalking her sorbet on the site for days so imagine my delight to learn the rest was mine, mine, all mine!!!! You are the best friend EVER!!! Now can you please make more?

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  38. can not find agave. Any suggestions? Joyce

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  39. It's usually near the honey and syrup, but you can use sugar instead.

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  40. I am sure that changes the ww points..right? joyce

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  41. If the solids clog up the sieve and won't let all the juices through, use a folded cheesecloth to squeeze out the last precious drops.

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  42. Tasted it while in the ice cream maker freezing, and it was too sweet for my taste. I added a good amount of lemon juice until it tasted balanced to me. (I think WW has messed with my sweet tooth!) I thought it was very good as a Cherry-Lemon sorbet! If I make again with very sweet cherries, I'll replace some or all of the water with lemon juice and possibly reduce the sugar amount. Thanks, Gina!

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  43. Can you use frozen cherries?

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  44. Where do you get your storage containers??

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  45. This one was from Chinese take-out but I also get them at the restaurant supply store.

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  46. Dayna Johnson9/15/11, 12:03 PM

    Since I made this cherry sorbet for my husband, he has requested several other sorbets and asked where sorbet has been all his life? :) We have made blueberry, nectarine, peach, and raspberry so far. My ice cream maker is a bit finicky and won't freeze the sorbet to the right consistency, so I usually skip the ice cream maker step now, and put it in the freezer right after the puree step. This DOES however mean that you have to wait to enjoy the tasty treat, but I think it is still well worth it! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  47. I just made this :) It's delicious! Not overly sweet but not not-sweet-enough, either. Perfect cherry flavor as they're in season right now :) Looks just like your picture, too! I'm new to ice cream makers and was worried this wouldn't make very much because my machine seems to be able to hold more than most recipes I find online but it made a bunch and I'm super pleased. Best part is it's healthy, too! Thank you!

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  48. Do you have any recommendations for doing a blackberry sorbet? Could I pretty much follow these instructions but replace cherries with blackberries?

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  49. I am going to try this with Tart cherries. I just got my hands on a ton of them and i'm trying to find things to make! Can't wait to see how it turns out :)

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  50. Regarding taking the pits out of the cherries...
    This guy is great and it would be an awesome way to have your daughter help you out with the recipe: http://www.amazon.com/Talisman-Designs-Cherry-Chomper-Pitter/dp/B001Q9EK1Y/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1377880841&sr=8-5&keywords=cherry+pitters

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