Sunday, June 15, 2014

Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet | Secret Recipe Club



Summer is around the corner.  Not sure about you, but I can sense the change of seasons.  There is just something in the air that triggers the transition from one season to the next.  I can appreciate each season but summer is at the top of my list.  The days are longer, the nights are warmer, the food is fresh and abundant and generally people are happy and relaxed.  Now is the time of year where I pull the ice cream maker out from the back of the pantry and move it front and center.  I already have a bucket list of flavors to make and look forward to sharing with all of you in the coming months.

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Speaking of ice cream, for this month's Secret Recipe Club I was assigned to Julie who writes a blog called The Texan New Yorker.  Julie honestly had so many brilliant recipes; it made my job extremely challenging to narrow down my selection.  In the end, I chose her Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet.  The fresh flavors and simplicity were inviting.  I thought this would be perfect to finish the Father’s Day dinner I had planned.  My Dad loves strawberries and my Mom loves rhubarb, so I made a marriage in heaven dessert.


A bit about Julie – she was born and raised in Dallas.  A city I have yet to explore since I have only had a lay over at the airport. She packed up after 24 years and ventured east to New York to Newark, New Jersey, Long Island and Queens.  She was a picky eater who discovered Food Network and her curiosity for learning now to cook was sparked.  Living in New York expanded her culinary repertoire yet she creates her Texan favorites often.  Julie loves cookbooks like I do and her list is impressive – check it out.


The Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet is originally from David Lebovitz’s book – The Perfect Scoop.  When I was little, my Mom would simply add some sugar to chopped up rhubarb and cook it down until soft and sweet.  It would cool a bit, and we would all enjoy a small bowl of this delightful treat.  This recipe calls for the same type of preparation and was so easy to make.  My recommendation is to make the base a day prior and let chill, then process in ice cream make the next day.  The end result was a bite of pure summer! 


Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet

12 oz. Fresh Rhubarb
2/3 Cup Water
¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
10 oz. Fresh Strawberries, rinsed, hulled and quartered
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice

Rinse and trim the ends of the rhubarb stalks.  Chop the rhubarb into ½ inch pieces.  Place the rhubarb, water and sugar in a medium stockpot.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce and simmer for 5 minutes, until the rhubarb is tender and cooked through.  Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.


Add the strawberries to the blender along with the cooled rhubarb mixture to the blender.  Add the lemon juice and puree until very smooth.  Chill in the refrigerator until very cold – about 2 to 3 hours. Process in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions.

   
   

19 comments:

  1. Looks refreshing! I have some leftover rhubarb in my freezer still that I might have to think about using soon. Such a great summer recipe. Thanks for having such a fun site, as your caprese bites were my selection for this month's SRC! I made them again for a bridal shower over the weekend and everyone LOVED them :)

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  2. Perfect summer ice cream!! Great SRC pick~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  3. Oooh it looks so pretty and delicious!

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  4. I love sorbet, especially on a hot summer day. Yours looks absolutely incredible!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  5. What a fun summer dessert! I really must try cooking with Rhubarb. I have eaten it many times, just never made anything with it myself.

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  6. How gorgeous! This looks fabulous and so summery

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  7. This looks wonderfully refreshing! Visiting from Group B....great SRC selection.

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  8. Look amazing I love this recipe:)

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  9. Strawberry rhubarb pie is one of my favorites. And I just got an ice cream machine this summer. I know what I"m making very soon. Fantastic SRC post!

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  10. Ahh, summer is easily my favorite season and I love me any kind of recipe that features strawberry rhubarb - both for the flavors and the sign of a summer just about to begin. This sorbet looks delish and love love the photos.

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  11. Beautiful sorbet, Lisa! I love the color for summer!

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  12. Looks and sounds amazing Lisa! The perfect start to summer.

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  13. my favorite part about strawberry sorbet or ice cream or yogurt is the little hints of strawberries throughout:) Your sorbet looks so amazing I am drooling. I just got through with a hour long workout and I want is this!

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  14. this looks so refreshing. Rhubarb is hard to find here. Used to grow it when lived in cooler climes. I love a good sorbet.

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  15. Love this! I'm so glad you enjoyed the sorbet. Your pictures are unbelievably GORGEOUS. Love your blog, too, you're now added to my reader. :) Thanks!

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  16. Mmm, so perfect for summer! Such a pretty color. :)

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  17. My mom always made rhubarb strawberry sauce. It's such a wonderful combination and I sure in a sorbet it would be amazing. Beautiful pictures Lisa!

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  18. Looks like a perfect, fresh summer treat! Love sorbet

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  19. Woww... how beautiful... looks absolutely tempting and perfect.. thanks for sharing!

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