Do you have a friend that really knows you? One that gets your quirks and craziness and still loves you? I have been granted this special bond with my dear friend Whitney. She's so much fun! She has always picked out the coolest birthday gifts. This year she outdid herself with these precious vintage Crate and Barrel sorbet cups and spoons. She knew I'd love coming up with treats to put inside and that they'd make some great pictures for my blog.
The colors are my favorite. When I unwrapped them, my girls had lots of fun picking out which ones they liked the best. I picked the lime green, my oldest picked the orange and my youngest the pink. They felt daddy needed the blue. I really liked all the colors with this yummy Wild Blueberry Lavender Sorbet served inside. The spoons scoop the sweetness into your mouth one ittie bitty bite at a time.
Wild Blueberry Lavender Sorbet
(No ice cream maker required)
1 cup water
1/2 cup cane sugar
1/4 tsp dried lavender (optional)
1/4 tsp salt
6 cups fresh blueberries (frozen will work but do not thaw)
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (about one large lemon)
In a saucepan, bring sugar, water and lavender to a boil. Add salt and reduce to low heat for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and pour sugar syrup to a metal bowl and let cool to room temperature. Discard lavender leaves.
In a blender, add sugar syrup, blueberries, and lemon juice and puree. Press mixture through strainer to remove seeds and skins. Cover and chill sorbet mixture in shallow freezer safe container. Let freeze for two hours, remove and take fork to mixture and scrape to slush like consistency. Continue to let freeze and then scrape for two or three more times until close to serving. You will know when it is ready--you will be able to scoop it out with an ice cream scoop and hold it's mold.
Note: Remember the power that blueberries have; they are the one of the highest antioxidant foods. July is National Blueberry month, so stock up on fresh blueberries now! Don't forget you can also freeze them to use later. Pop one in your mouth today!