Cranberry and citrus sorbet and its fruit salad

“I need a fruit salad”, I thought to myself as soon as I got off the plane after an entire day of traveling. We had just come out of a six-day eating binge while visiting C’s family in Montana. Wild game, hearty potatoes from the garden, goat cheese straight from the farm, and too much chocolate from The Parrot left me thirsty for something sour and light. I suppose my body was asking me to be kind to myself for the next few days.

I crawled into bed that night dreaming about the refreshing fruit salad I was going to make myself the following day.

I remembered how much I enjoyed this apple and grapefruit salad exactly two years ago. I remember clearly as I had just given birth to Miren and I had this intense craving for sour apples and citrus.

I needed something stringent.

I made a version of that salad with crispy asian pears, sour lady apples and grapefruit garnishes with micro mint leaves and cranberry sorbet. It works for me. In fact, I am thinking about serving it as a small pre-dessert for our Christmas Eve dinner.

As for our Thanksgiving, it was beautiful. Family gathered around the fire, wide open spaces, and trees covered in snow. Raw beauty I was also craving.

I shall share photos and stories soon.

I cannot wait, in fact.

Cranberry and citrus sorbet

3 cups (12 ounces or 340 g) fresh or frozen cranberries, washed
2 cups (500 ml) water
1 1/4 cup (250 g) superfine or caster sugar
1/4 cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 strips of orange peel (make sure there is no white pit)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and cook over medium high heat until the cranberries are soft, about 15 minutes. Remove the orange peel. Transfer the mixture to a blender and puree it. Strain the mixture through a sieve and let it cool completely.

Transfer to the refrigerator and chill thoroughly for 2 to 4 hours. Churn in the ice cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions. Freeze the sorbet until hard.


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53 Responses to “Cranberry and citrus sorbet and its fruit salad”

  1. Oh yes… bright and refreshing. Not what I would normally think for this time of year, but why not?!?! :-)

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Yum x3!! This looks absolutely delicious!

  3. Raw beauty is the perfect way to describe it! So goregous, bright and fresh. Good choice.

  4. I can just never get over the beauty of your photographs. Sorbet is one of my favorites. To the “pinning” I go!
    Sarah M

  5. Joy says:

    the photos makes my day!

  6. A beautifully tart sorbet! That wintery combination is wonderful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  7. tinajo says:

    This looks ever so delicious – yum! :-)

  8. mikstejp says:

    oh I love your photos, amazing work!
    the desert looks delicious, you definitely inspired me to make something similar! ;)
    uh and ur talking about the snow on the trees….waiting for that photos :) I cant wait for beautiful snowy days, this year they re late :)

  9. Stefanie says:

    I love this, i would also like to know where you got your spoons.

  10. Jessica says:

    I don’t care how cold it is outside, I need this sorbet asap! Gorgeous as always!

  11. Oh I really need this salad in my life right now!

  12. Carmen says:

    No se que foto me gusta mas…todas! No soy de sorbetes y helados pero la ensalada de frutas se ve deliciosaaaa!bso

  13. Priyanka says:

    Looks so beautiful and yummy…
    The pictures are so beautiful…I just want one now

  14. Roberta says:

    Hi Aran, what a lovely post!
    I would like to make this sorbet but I don’t have an ice cream machine. Is there a chance you can help me with this?

    A presto,
    Roberta

  15. Lisa says:

    hi! your photos are wonderful!;)
    sorry for my question: but where do you live?
    because it’s winter now- and you pictures are warm and sunny

  16. Roberta- read this post from David Lebovitz about how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2007/07/making-ice-crea-1/

    Lisa- I live in southeast Florida :)

    Thanks guys!

  17. And the colors!!! Your images are balm for the eyes!

  18. what a gorgeous color Aran, your photos are beautiful and light. Uplifting.

  19. from Vermont to you!, says:

    My Dearest Aran,

    It is me, Mary Ann in Vermont. You fill my spirt with such beauty and peace and color. I want you to always know that you are my favorite of all time. I find myself breathless when I view your photos, food, light, and words. I am so in~love with it all.

    I have asked you about those deliciously sweet spoons of your’s before. I did tremendous research and I found them right here in the US. I purchased them from Gracious Home. Your readers can find them on-line, if they wish.

    I am still crossing my fingers and opening up my heart for you to come to our glorious Vermont sometime soon to do a workshop with your dear friend from la porte rouge. It would be an honor of a lifetime to have you here. Please, think about it, if you could.

    Keep that special light of your’s outward as these shorter days bring us deeper thoughts. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    xo, Mary Ann in Middlebury, Vermont

  20. Looks super refrshing. Look forward to your Thangsgiving photos :)

  21. Mary Ann- Thanks for doing the research for the readers! Thank you so much for your kind words. They touched me and are greatly appreciated. VT would be a beautiful place for a workshop. Indeed. We shall see and if it does happen, I will announce it on the blog with plenty of time for everyone to plan.

    Thank you again for all your kind comments. Who says we cannot have sorbet in the winter? :)

  22. absolutely beautiful photos! the color of the sorbet is gorgeous! thanks for sharing :)

  23. beautiful, I feel refreshed just reading the post and seeing the photos. I know what you mean about needing refreshment after ofter eating, I crave greens every January.

  24. jacqui says:

    This sounds totally refreshing and light!

  25. Delicious. I like this a lot.

    I add port to my cranberry sorbet, which makes for a completely different experience.

  26. It’s so sad we don’t have fresh cramberries un Peru, I only see dried ones, and is very expensive. Hope some day we can find fresh ones in the market so I can do this wonderful sorbet.

  27. always and forever from Vermont, says:

    So, my Dearest, here is the most detailed information I can give to your readers about your spoons (that you found in Europe)…go to Gracious Home and at the search box type in ‘sabre charm collection’ the teaspoons are $7.00 each and the demi-tasse spoons are $5.00. If, they order $50.00 or over then they can get free shipping. I would *love* for them to tell Gracious Home that I sent them their way!

    Thank you, Aran, for sharing this with all of your readers! You are sweeter than all of the pies in this whole wide world of ours.

    Love from Vermont, Mary Ann

  28. MikeVFMK says:

    A lovely tart sorbet. I’m sure in November it’s a nice surprise to for your senses. And children. Love all the micro herbs and flowers. And gorgeous pictures, but that goes without saying. Beautiful, Aran.

  29. As always, such a beautiful dish, I really admire your photography which enhances the beauty of your dishes amazingly.

  30. Lilac says:

    So lovely and so refreshing (the food and the blog!).

  31. Marie says:

    As usaual, great ideas and gorgeous photos. Thank you :)

  32. Shannon says:

    Perfect for an Australian summer Christmas season!

  33. Absolutely love the idea of making a sorbet and then serving with a salad made of the same fruits.

  34. Katie says:

    As always your photographs are so thoughtful and inspiring. And I love this recipe concept. My mouth was literally watering!

  35. L'Atelier says:

    wonderful! i am sure i will enjoy this- thanks for sharing

  36. Annelie says:

    Never heard of pre-desert, but why not when it is so beautiful and refreshing as this one.
    Gorgeous!

    Annelie

  37. I love cranberry…….this is so refreshing!

  38. Debra Jane says:

    This recipe sounds divine and I am very excited to make it for the family this Christmas. Your writing is brilliant and your photography is spectacular. I found you through Pintrest and am excited to follow your blog :)

  39. Beautiful! A feast for the eyes and the palate!

  40. what a delicious sounding (and looking!) recipe! Im going to grab a coffee and read more, so glad i found your blog :) Belle

  41. Lovely coloured pictures! Everythings looks yummie yummie!

    Greetings from Germany!

  42. Absolutely yummy!!! Congratulations on the pictures. Regards from Spain. Olga

  43. a. maren says:

    so beautiful, and so mouthwatering. cranberry is one of my favorite flavors, and i can’t imagine a better vehicle for it than a sorbet. yum!

  44. I adore everything about your blog-such a beautiful & thoughtful space…. I must ask where did you find the super cute colorful printed spoons? Love them and would love the find them!

  45. you take absolutely gorgeous photographs!!!
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  46. you take absolutely gorgeous photographs!!!
    THANK YOU it’s such a pleasure just to look at your blog.
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  47. Heather R says:

    Gorgeous photos that make my mouth water. I can’t wait to try to sorbet this spring/summer!

  48. Laurie says:

    I have been wondering about cranberry sorbet and how it would play. And oh joy, here it is!
    And the cranberries are just beginning to arrive at the market! This is going to be fun!
    Peace,
    Laurie

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