This easy blackberry sorbet with apple is gently flavoured with thyme and is perfect for fall. Made in the ice cream machine.
We have only just discovered how simple sorbet is to make. Granted you really do need an ice cream machine, but considering how delicious a home made sorbet is then I think that a machine is well worth the investment, both monetary and space wise! And one of the first flavours I’ve gone for is this blackberry sorbet with apple and thyme.
I use a super dooper ice cream machine with a compressor; which both chills and churns the mixture so you do not have to pre freeze the bowl. It works wonderfully and takes about 30 minutes to make a soft ice cream from a cold custard, but it has the disadvantage of being expensive, heavy, large and noisy. The type with a pre-freezable bowl work just as well, they are lighter, smaller, far cheaper but you can only make one batch at a time. My machine lives at Ed’s sister’s house which we borrow from time to time. When we get a bigger kitchen I shall be reclaiming it.
We love blackberry season as they’re such a versatile fruit, with the classic combination of blackberry and apple being a favourite. My blackberries were foraged from the Cotswold hedgerows; I do feel that free food tastes all the better! Here, we’ve made a blackberry sorbet, but have added an extra flavour and dimension to the sorbet with the thyme; nothing intrusive, but you would miss it were it not there. Add enough to be clearly able to taste it whist cooking, freezing dulls the flavours considerably.
- 250 g blackberries
- 2 dessert apples – chopped into 1cm cubes
- 125 g white sugar
- 300 ml water
- 3 springs thyme – to taste
- 1 tbs vodka
Place the blackberries, apples, sugar, water and thyme into a saucepan and simmer gently for about 15 minutes until the apples are soft. Pass through a fine mess sieve and allow to cool.
Once cool add the vodka and pour into an ice cream machine and churn until frozen. Put into a plastic tub and pop into the freezer for a few hours to firm up.
For more blackberry inspiration, you make like
- My blackberry & apple green smoothie
- My round up of blackberry recipes for Reader’s Digest
- Michelle’s blackberry smoothie
- Urvashi’s blackberry crumble tart