Confession: I'm not a huge fan of berries. I know, I know, I'm missing out. Big time. It's the texture I'm telling you. I love the flavor berries pack but that darn texture gets me every time.
So, when Driscoll's contacted me about using their heart healthy raspberries in a recipe I actually had to think about it. Me...using berries....for eating? Yeah, about that. I agreed to it and thought of a recipe I could make that I wouldn't have the texture. Then it dawned on me--sorbet. It's hotter than blazes outside and let's be honest sorbet is good stuff. Small steps right? I did use the berries and was glad I did. Wow these little buggers are tasty. Second confession: I ate one. Whole. Ask Mr. Schwartz he was a witness. I made a face but I choked it down. It tasted...good. That's progress people.
For more information about the health benefits of eating raspberries you can click: here
For now, let's make some Raspberry Lemonade Sorbet.
Raspberry Lemonade Sorbet:
2 lemons, zested and juiced
12 oz Driscoll's raspberries
1/2 cup sugar (or more depending on how sweet you want it--mine was pretty bitter)
3 1/2 cups lemonade
2 tablespoons citrus raspberry or plain vodka (optional but great for texture--omit if serving to kids)
Wash the raspberries and place them in a medium sauce pan. Zest and squeeze the lemons into the sauce pan. Add the sugar and lemonade.
Place the sauce pan on medium high heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain over a large bowl. Cover the bowl and let chill until completely cooled. I would recommend doing this over night to be sure.
Once fully cooled, add the vodka and pour into the ice cream maker. Let churn for 10 minutes. Scoop into a container, cover and place in the freezer until hardened. Serve!
**Note, if you don't have an ice cream maker you can freeze the liquid after you add the vodka and scrape it with a fork after an hour and every half hour after that until it has the texture of a granita/snow cone. I haven't tried this method but I think it would work. Let me know if you try it out :) **
Recipe by: Mrs. Schwartz
You can check out the Driscoll's YouTube channel for additional recipes using raspberries:
--Raspberry and Blueberry Kale Salad: http://www.youtube.com/
driscollsberries?utm_source= Global%2BNav%2B-%2BYouTube& utm_medium=Website&utm_ campaign=driscolls.com
--Quinoa Pilaf with Driscoll's Raspberries: http://www.
youtube.com/watch?v= CACuBnMB9yE&list= PL58042554BD78BB62&index=1& feature=plcp
--Ginger Raspberry and Strawberry Smoothie: http://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=IZYefafWVv0&list= PL58042554BD78BB62&index=2& feature=plcp
--Yogurt Parfait with Fresh Raspberries and Dark Chocolatehttp://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=tMvjLqN1VV0&list= PL58042554BD78BB62&index=3& feature=plcp
--Fresh Raspberry and Tropical Fruit Sorbet Terrine: http://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=VmewYPz5wq8&list= PL58042554BD78BB62&index=4& feature=plcp
**DISCLAIMER: Driscoll's sent me vouchers to purchase these raspberries but the opinions, as always, are my own.**