Sunday, July 13, 2008
Every year, about this time the mulberry trees in our yard provide us with an abundance of berries! I love it and hate it. It is wonderful because it attracts the birds by the dozens. We have so many birds in our backyard feasting on these berries. On the other hand I hate it because all the dog wants to do is eat them. She would eat them until they were gone, and that would cause a gastrointestinal problem that I don't want to deal with. So I took one afternoon a few days ago to go out with my ladder and a large old screen to collect as many as I could. I climbed the ladder and started shaking the trees until all of the loose berries rained down on me and the screen below! It was wonderful. I collected over 4 cups of berries. Last year we made mulberry muffins, and mulberry cobbler. This year was a cool summertime treat, mulberry sorbet. These berries are not the most delicious berry I have ever eaten, but the muffins were great. The sorbet, however, was not delicious. It was disappointing. I guess you have to really love the mulberries to eat them as a sorbet!
It was fun to make though and any fruit can be substituted!
Recipe: Fruit sorbet
4 cups of fruit puree (no seeds) (easier said than done)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup corn syrup
tablespoon lemon juice
Combine the water and sugar in a pot, heat until sugar is melted. About 5 -7 minutes.
Add to the puree and add in the corn syrup and lemon juice. Then you can use that old ice cream maker that is sitting in the closet collecting dust (not mine) to freeze the mixture into a wonderful sorbet.
We made a batch of watermelon sorbet, and a batch of Kiwi sorbet. Both of those were much better than the mulberry.