Asian Pear Sorbet

This has been an exciting summer for us.  We moved into our current home in March of this year.  One of the fun things about new surroundings is discovering what springs forth from the earth during each season.  The spring brought us all types of flowers (and lots of weeds!!!).  The summer we were blessed with fruit.  Two types of plums, cherries, blueberries, raspberries and Asian pears grew in abundance.

This tree is loaded with juicy goodness

This tree is loaded with juicy goodness

What does one do with so many Asian pears?  Well, of course give a lot away to co-workers, friends and neighbors.  But what about something cool and sweet?  What about sorbet!

This recipe I came up with is so simple, if you have an ice cream maker.  This is all I did.


4 lbs Asian pears

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 tbsp vanilla paste or 2 vanilla beans, split and scraped


Peel and core Asian pears.  Place in a large pot.  Cover with water.  Stir in sugar and vanilla paste/beans.  Bring to a boil then lower heat to a hard simmer.  Cook until pears are tender, about 45 minutes.  Remove pears with a slotted spoon and continue simmering the liquid until it reduces to half the original amount. Combine pears and syrup and allow to cool until slightly warm.  Place pears and syrup in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.  Place in a bowl or plastic covered container and chill overnight in the refrigerator.  The next day,using the Asian pear puree,  follow your ice cream maker instructions to make sorbet.  Mine took about 30 minutes.

A cool offering to beat the summer heat

A cool offering to beat the summer heat

The delicate flavor of the Asian pear teamed with the intoxicating vanilla bean are a perfect match.  I hope you try this recipe because it truly is a winner.


6 Responses to “Asian Pear Sorbet”

  1. September 11, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Yow! This is all we had for dinner last night. Delishe! Well done, darling.

  2. September 11, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    That looks and sounds amazing. I adore pears, and of course who doesn’t like sorbet?

    I get so excited to see what you’ll have next, and I love reading Katie’s comments about how good it all was. Happy weekend!

  3. 3 aNGel kElly
    September 12, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Yummy! I’f there;s any left maybe Lisa & I can get a taste>? (no ice cream maker).

  4. 5 Abigail
    March 15, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Is it possible to make sorbet with fresh fruit ground up? Does it have to be cooked?

    • March 15, 2012 at 3:45 am

      Abigail – Absolutely! I cook the Asian pears because they are too crunchy. Berries are good simply pureed. Bananas work well. Pineapple. Watermelon. Any soft fruit.

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