Silky smooth, four-ingredient pear sorbet is sweetened with honey and complemented by the bright flavors of Black Girl Magic California Riesling wine. Let's get into this delicious no-churn fruit sorbet recipe!
And if you enjoy this recipe, you'll love my Strawberry Pineapple Frozen Rosé!
- What is Sorbet?
- Why You'll Love this Recipe
- What does it taste like?
- What You'll Need for this Recipe
- Substitutions & Variations
- How to Make Easy Homemade Sorbet
- How to Make Fruit and Wine Sorbet at Home - Video
- Frequently Asked Questions
- More Favorite No-Churn Frozen Dessert Recipes
- Easy Pear Sorbet with Riesling
What is Sorbet?
Sorbet is essentially pureed fruit and sugar that's frozen, generally very easy to make, and wine is sometimes added for texture. Depending on the kind of fruit, you might need to soften it first, which is the case with this easy pear sorbet, so we poach the pear in Riesling.
For this recipe, I use fresh pears for the fruit and honey for the sweetener. The result is a silky smooth sorbet with a beautiful mouth feel and bright fruity flavor.
You can actually combine just about any fruit with wine to make sorbet at home. Don't believe me? Peep this boozy Strawberry Sorbet made with Black Girl Magic red blend.
Why You'll Love this Recipe
Quick & Easy - There are just three easy steps to make this simple blender sorbet: heat, blend, and freeze. Waiting for the sorbet to freeze is the hardest part, I promise.
Black Girl Magic - Many more Black-owned brands are now on people's radars and I'm here for it. One that I've personally enjoyed seeing shine is McBride Sisters. Their Black Girl Magic wines are a staple in my home bar and I incorporated their Riesling into this luscious honeyed pear sorbet recipe.
What does it taste like?
The pears play perfectly with the apricot, tangerine, guava, and pineapple flavor notes in the wine. It's a fool-proof recipe that will get your wheels turning about even more delicious combinations.
What You'll Need for this Recipe
Pears provide the silky, fruity flavor and texture for making sorbet at home. I love Anjou pears in this recipe but you can use any variety of pears.
Lemon lends some tartness and brightness to balance out all the sugar. Use fresh or concentrated lemon juice. If you don't have lemon on hand, lime or sour orange will also work.
Riesling Wine rounds out the ingredient list and not only adds flavor but also keeps the sorbet from freezing solid so that it is soft and scoopable.
Check out the recipe card below for full ingredients list, measurements, nutrition facts, and step-by-step instructions!
Substitutions & Variations
Non-Alcoholic - Use pear nectar or apple cider or even white grape juice instead of Riesling if you don't want to use wine. Just note that the sorbet texture will be slightly icier.
Sweetener - Honey is my sweetener of choice for the subtle floral and herbal sweetness it adds. But you can replace with maple syrup or the sweetener of your choice to make vegan fruit and wine sorbet dessert with maple syrup or agave.
How to Make Easy Homemade Sorbet
Step One: Dice the pears and cut the lemon in half.
Step Two: Cook the ingredients down in a small saucepan to soften the pears and combine all the flavors.
Pro Tip: You can use canned pears in this recipe, if needed. Just skip the cooking step because they will already be soft and adjust the sweetener to taste as canned pears are typically sweetened.
Step Three: Blend everything until smooth. It smells positively divine while cooking and blending so you'll want to taste test and dive in as soon as possible, which is perfectly fine.
Step Four: Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for at last four hours.
Pro Tip: You can use an immersion blender, immersion blender, or food processor to puree the sorbet ingredients.
Step Five: Scoop and serve!
Pro Tip: Allow the sorbet to thaw for just one or two minutes before scooping for an easier go. If it thaws too much and becomes liquified, just put it back in the freezer to solidify again.
How to Make Fruit and Wine Sorbet at Home - Video
Frequently Asked Questions
You can use preserved or canned pears in homemade sorbet recipe. Just taste test before adding sweetener as they are typically already sweetened. And don't cook the pears since they will be soft from the canning process.
Store homemade sorbet in an airtight container and keep frozen.
This recipe keeps for up to one month. Beyond that time, it is still edible but the texture is not as smooth.
More Favorite No-Churn Frozen Dessert Recipes
I hope you enjoy a couple of scoops of this Riesling pear sorbet very soon. And sharing is caring so be sure to pin this easy fruit and wine sorbet recipe and follow me over on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
Easy Pear Sorbet with Riesling
- 1 knife
- 1 cutting board
- 1 small saucepan
- 1 Blender or food processor
- 1 airtight food container
- 3-4 fresh pears
- ½ cup honey
- 1 lemon
- ⅔ cup Riesling wine
- Cut pears into one-inch pieces, discarding the cores. Cut lemon in half.
- Add cut pears, honey, and Riesling to a small saucepan over medium heat. Squeeze in juice from lemon.
- Stir mixture to dissolve honey. Bring to a boil (about five minutes).
- Reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes then turn off heat and allow mixture to cool for about 15 minutes.
- Carefully transfer contents of saucepan to a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth (about one full minute).
- Pour blended mixture into a freezer-safe container and place in freezer for at least 4 hours.
- Remove from freezer and scoop immediately to serve while still ice cold.