Montmorency (Sour) Cherry Lambic Sorbet / Sorbetto alla Ciliegia

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I’m in a cherry mood. :) And I’ve been wanting to make cherry sorbet for a while now, except the recipes I’ve been running into seem to produce a light rose-colored sorbet, and I wanted to replicate the deep-red cherry sorbet that I tasted in Italy years ago. I didn’t quite achieve it with this experiment, some of the smoothness is lacking, but maybe just a couple more tweaks — perhaps the addition of corn syrup — will do it. Will post an updated recipe when I get to it! Meanwhile, enjoy :)

1 cup dried sour cherries
1 cup cherry lambic
up to 1 cup simple syrup made from 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water (instructions below)
enough fresh or frozen cherries to make 4 cups total
the juice of 1 lemon
enough water to balance sweet/sour

Soak the dried cherries in the cherry lambic overnight.

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Make the simple syrup by combining sugar and water in a saucepan. Heat, stirring gently. until sugar is fully dissolved. Let cool and set aside, covered.

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Puree the soaked cherries in blender and add in half the simple syrup, the lemon juice, plus enough cherries to make 4 cups total. Taste and adjust to your desired sweetness/tartness using the rest of the simple syrup or water, to make about 4 1/2 cups total.

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Run blender again until everything is smooth. Freeze in ice-cream maker using manufacturer directions, about 20 minutes. This should produce a sorbet that’s still fairly liquid. Freeze in airtight container until firm. It will not be firm like ice cream. Leave out 5 minutes or so until scoopable before serving.

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One mistake I made with the first batch was putting in the whole cup of simple syrup immediately. I did not figure on the dried cherries being so sweet, so the resulting product was much sweeter than I had planned.


Some notes about tart/sour cherries: Dried cherries are available at Eden Foods.

From Montmorency cherry juice reduces muscle damage caused by intensive strength exercise:

//Montmorency cherry juice consumption improved the recovery of isometric muscle strength after intensive exercise perhaps owing to the attenuation of the oxidative damage induced by the damaging exercise.//

Due to the high ORAC (oxygen radical absorption capacity) values of Montmorency Cherry, the powdered fruit extracts are also placed in capsules as organic health supplement/vitamins.


Because Pope St. Gregory for some reason craved cherries on the feast of St. Mark, this would be a fitting dessert for Feast Day on September 3, or for St. Mark’s Feast Day on April 25.

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