Monday, December 26, 2011

pear sorbet in gingersnap cups

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When I was in Italy, the bakery next door had the most delicious pear juice (succo di pere). My room mates and I would bring it home, stick it in the freezer, and eat it like sorbetto. It was incredibly silky and refreshing. So when I stood staring at my overflowing bowl of ripe pears yesterday my mind went right to sorbetto di pere. Gingersnaps add a warm wintery element we loved with the fresh pear. My pears were so sweet I didn't need to add any sweetener. I can't think of a healthier dessert than pureed frozen pears. This would be an ideal New Years Eve dessert, as it can be made well in advance. And not only is is beautiful, it requires very few ingredients and is easy to make. You know my style... deceptively simple.

Simplify: serve sorbet in traditional bowls with a gingersnap on top. Or sandwich sorbet between two cookies.

For the grown-ups: serve with sparkling wine. 


 Who needs a spoon?

























I wish you a sweet and beautiful 2012. 

Pear Sorbet in Gingersnap Cups
makes about 8

4 pears, peeled, cored, and sliced, plus one additional pear for garnish
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
*2 T sparkling white wine or pear liquor (only if this is being made for adults only)

2 cups finely ground gingersnap crumbs
3 tablespoons butter, melted

For the sorbet, simmer pears, sugar, and water for 5 minutes. Cool completely. Pour into a blender or food processor and puree. Refrigerate until cold. Freeze in an ice cream maker or in a bowl in the freezer. *If this is for adults only, I recommend adding a couple of tablespoons of white wine (sparkling would be great) or pear liquor. This will add flavor and keep the sorbet from solidifying in the freezer. This should be served the same day it's made, as it will become very hard and icy.

For the gingersnap cups, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine gingersnap crumbs and butter in a bowl. Lightly spray muffin cups with cooking spray. Press 2 heaping tablespoons of gingersnap mixture into each muffin cup and up the sides.  Bake for 7 minutes. Cool completely. Turn pan over and pat the back to release gingersnap cups. *Cups can be made one day ahead.

Scoop pear sorbet into gingersnap cups and garnish with a slice of pear.

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49 comments:

  1. oh this sounds FABULOUS and the pictures are AMAZING!!!!! thanks for sharing with us and thanks for the smile! : ) holiday hugs...

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  2. i love sorbet! this one is yummy!!! lovely shots dear :)

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  3. I'd like this served with champagne. Wouldn't that be an amazing pairing? Almost the new year!!!

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  4. Love this dessert! The gingersnap cups are such a great idea. Great pictures!

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  5. WOW...Marina. these are amazing! SOOO CREATIVE

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  6. Oh, divine!! I Pinned this one--you are such a gifted photographer. :)

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  7. Brilliant, absolutely BRILLIANT! I hope Santa was good to you = )

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  8. Woww,es una delicia y las fotos son increíbles y hermosas,abrazos y buena semana,hugs,hugs.

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  9. Oh. Your blog is beautiful. I am your newest follower, I would love to have you follow me back.

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  10. So yummy!!!

    www.bluebonnetsforsal.com

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  11. this looks so refreshing yet festive.

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  12. These are so simple and delicious sounding. Great idea for a refreshing dessert. Love it.

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  13. This looks too beautiful to eat!

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  14. oh my, what awesome flavor combo! So pretty too!

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  15. This looks scrumptious!

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  16. Wow! These look so delicious Marina! I am now a Follower of your Blog and on Twitter as well as a fan of your Facebook Page. Do enjoy the rest of your week and all the best for 2012!

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  17. sorbetto di pere. ahhhhhhh. sounds so refreshing and looks to die for. should i expect a resulting brain freeze though? got a good remedy?

    joy to you in the new year!

    michele

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  18. You lucky lady that you lived in Italy! The thought of pears and gingersnaps is blissful! Gorgeous photos & your little gal is precious :) xo

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  19. My Sweet B's would LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!! XO!

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  20. What a beautiful combination of flavors! And that sounds so nice and light after all the Christmas goodies I'm been inhaling! ha. The pears have been super sweet this season, I agree. They are one of my favorite fruits!

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  21. You have such amazing ideas, Marina! These dessert cups look so fresh, delicious and beautiful! Happy New Year!

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  22. Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at foodepix.com.

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  23. ooh, that looks absolutely delectable!! what a great way to bring in the New Year!

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  24. Ohhh my goodness you are a baking goddess hehe! These look so delicious! Pinning of course!

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  25. beautiful, delicious, simple, really wonderful!

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  26. Yes the walls at the new place are Gray,with dk hardwood floors.
    the throw pillows I have for couch has 2 shades of blue in it,a tan,and goldish color and brown they are like checkered.

    Following you back :) so will my son :)

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  27. I am following my mom here LOL

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  28. I have this secret love for pears baby food (why should it be made only for babies, I say?), so I think I will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe.

    I like your style: deceptively simple. Perfect!

    That shot of your little girl eating it is adorable. :)

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  29. Absolutely divine!! I love pears, and you're right that warm element that the gingersnaps offer - perfection!! Just simply gorgeous. ~Megan

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  30. Wow. Absolutely stunning photos marina. they belong in a magazine. You are so talented! Hope you had a great Christmas! :)

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  31. Beautiful presentation! Yum, looks scrumptious!

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  32. Oh, I can't even bear to look and read - my mouth is just watering for this incredible dessert! You have the most beautiful photos ever! I just adore everything you do. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a very Happy New Year.

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  33. I pinned it too and am now your newest follower! Do you have a Pinterest following button?

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  34. Wow, you are a creative genius! This looks fantastic!


    *Erin

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  35. What a beautiful site :). I am following you from d-mochatraveler :)

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  36. Marina... You are amazing with all of your fabulous creativity! Your photos are always so pretty! You are now my inspiration for my photography... XoXo

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  37. Wow I just found your site from the kings Court link party....So lovely
    I'm going to follow.....

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  38. This sounds so yummy! I'm going to give it a try.

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  39. That looks and sounds amazing. Thanks so much for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

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  40. Hi Marina, What beautiful photographs and the sorbet looks fabulous!
    xo,
    Sherry

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  41. I love the combination! the little girl looks so cute eating it, I bet it was delicious

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  42. Just beautiful! Love the idea of the cups. Simple and elegant.

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  43. These look gorgeous and such a great recipe! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!

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  44. This looks delicious! I am so happy I just stumbled across your blog. We seem to share many of the same interests, (food AND fashion!) and I look forward to reading your posts in the future.

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  45. My oh my! the holidays have not stopped you one bit. I love this- its gorgeous, amazing, delicious- all the above! Hope you had a great christmas

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  46. You take the most beautiful pictures - I just got some mini cupcake bakers and I'm hoping they will look like the one in your heading :)

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  47. Oh my gosh these look not only delicious but refreshing!!! Your pictures are gorgeous Marina!

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  48. Again...I type in your URL and I'm inspired within seconds! LOVE this idea as I'm always looking for light dessert ideas. And you're right about this being a beautiful idea for New Years Eve...I think it'd go great with a glass of champagne!

    XO - Marion

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  49. So very beautiful--I love this idea.

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