Roasted Strawberry and Thyme Sherbet

And here’s the sherbet I mentioned earlier. It tastes fresh (despite the roasting) and feels creamy (despite the egg yolks absence). I’ve already blogged how much I’m in love with the roasted strawberries. The roasting can turn even grass-like tasting berries into the flavor-bursting ones. I highly recommend it when the strawberries are not in their season’s peak and tasteless.

The sherbet is good on its own or paired with vanilla ice cream (everything goes well with vanilla).

Makes about a generous pint

For the sherbet:

  • 1 lb strawberries, hulled
  • Scant ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ oz thyme sprigs
  • ¼ cup fine granulated sugar
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Limoncello
  • ¼ cup sour cream, cold
  • ¾ cup whipping cream, cold

Make the sherbet:

Center an oven rack and preheat the oven to 300F.

Cut the strawberries in half or into quarters if the berries are very large. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the strawberries with the corn syrup and thyme. Roast, stirring occasionally, until the color of the berries intensifies and darkens, and the syrup thickens, about 45 minutes to 1 hr. Remove from the oven, cool slightly and transfer to the bowl of the food processor leaving the thyme sprigs behind. Add the sugar, zest, lemon juice, and the liqueur. Process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and cool. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least for 2 hours.

Transfer the cold sour cream into a medium bowl, whisk to loosen it up. Gradually whisk in the chilled strawberry puree. Then whisk in the chilled whipping cream. Process the mixture in the ice cream maker.
Transfer into a freezer-safe container and place into the freezer to firm up, for 1 to 2 hours.

If you made the sherbet a day before, transfer it into the refrigerator about 20 minutes before serving to soften it slightly.

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36 Responses to “Roasted Strawberry and Thyme Sherbet”

  1. Cool picture! I’m impressed with the balancing act!

  2. Wonderful! What a delicious sounding sherbet!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. Would you look at that!!?! Fabulous picture and the sherbet sounds pretty darn good too.

  4. Ooo, I can’t wait to roast some strawberries! And…use them in this sherbet. How delightful and yummy!

  5. strawberry and thyme..can only imagine what the combination will be like..loved the picture!

  6. oh that looks so good. I ve never tried roating strawberries but sure I ll try it next time I buy some. I just want to lick the monitor. Looks so so good :)

  7. excellent shot! love the flavors – i did a strawberry basil version last year! so will have to try it with thyme too!

  8. Besides beeing delicious (it has to be with strawberry and thyme together) it has a gorgeous color!

  9. Beautiful photos Vera! And congratulations on DMBLGIT!

  10. Looks delicious! What prevents the acid in the strawberriess/limoncello/lemon juice from curdling the cream?

  11. Wow, great picture! I’ve never thought of roasting strawberries! I’ll definitely give it a try.

  12. Congrats on the DMBLGIT win Vera. Of course it does…in everything actually! This sorbet looks GRAND!! Beautiful pairing of flavours!

  13. Ciao ! I’ve never tried roasted strawberries as soon as they arrive I’ll make them !

  14. Thank you for the roasting strawberries idea! I’m going to try that out soon :).

  15. This looks wonderful, Vera. In my mind I’m imagining a balsamic vinegar syrup drizzled over this too. I think that flavor would complement the strawberry in an interesting way.

    HOW did you get that sherbet tower to stay up during your photo shoot?!? That’s amazing.

    Kate

  16. Lovely sherbet too! How did you get those scoops to balance while shooting? A very pretty and delicious photo!

  17. This sounds delicious – I’ll have to remember the tip about roasting the berries to improve their flavor.

  18. I have never thought of roasting strawberries, but it should have the same effect it does on tomato…makes it extra concentrated in flavor. I can’t wait to try this.

  19. Hehe.. I love the way you’ve balanced the scoops. It looks so delicious! And by the way, congrats on your Dmblgit win!

  20. Cate, thank you very much!

    Rosa, thanks a lot!

    Jacque, thank you very much!

    Elyse, thank you! I’m glad you are willing to try this :)

    SuperChef, the combination is quite delicious :) Glad you liked the picture :)

    Natalie, thank you very much! The roasting is a try-worthy :)

    Meeta, thank you! Strawberries and basil sound pretty fantastic together!

    Rita, thank you very much!

    Marija, thank you very much for your kind words!

    Zenia, in this particular case, the contact is short and the acidity is relatively low, so the mixture freezes before curdling. But I made the lemon sherbet before where the milk was curdled immediately after the lemon juice had been added. And that’s absolutely normal. Once the mixture was frozen, the texture was perfectly smooth; there were no cheese-like curds present in the finished product:)

    Pigpigscorner, thank you! I’m sure you will like it if you try it :)

    Deeba, thank you so much! You are too kind as always :)

    Natalia, I’ll be glad if you give them a try :)

    Sophie, you are more than welcome :)

    Kate, balsamic syrup would be wonderful, you are so right! I could only take a couple of pictures before this tower collapsed :)

    Lisa, thank you! I managed to take only two photos :)

    Madam Chow, thank you!

    Abby, exactly! It works the same way.

    Y, thank you very much!

  21. I love the picture! It looks like Dr. Seuss was let loose in a kitchen.

  22. You know I am already all over this one! Yum!
    Congrats on DMBLGIT! Oh so deserved!!

  23. Hey, I love your leaning tower of roasted strawberry sherbet, very impressive! Good call on roasting the strawberries to bring out the flavours, I know they can sometimes be tasteless, especially when out of season. Love it!

  24. so refreshing!

  25. what’s this? thyme in a dessert? with strawberries? this is a must-try, as i recently have come to love the taste of thyme. :)

  26. How beautiful!! And I love the strawberry-thyme combo – yummy!!

  27. Strawberry and thyme is a great combination! The photo is delectable :)

  28. Pinky, Helen, Christy, Aran, Grace, CookiePie, Irene, thank you very much for your kind words!

  29. Loving the photos of this…and the ice cream as well. ;)

  30. What an interesting photo!

  31. Ha ha, great photo – looks wonderful! (Really made me smile.)

  32. Peabody, Cory, Nicisme, thank you!

  33. Beautiful photo and delicious ice cream. you´re right, everything goes well with vanille…

    Ana

  34. Ana, thank you!

  35. Can you specify when you actually add the thyme? Recipe doesn’t say so but assumes it is roasted with the strawberries, yes?

  36. Paul, yes, it is roasted with the thyme.

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