Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet—at home

From Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, pages 130–131.

A surprisingly rich sorbet with the texture of a ripe pear; sweet Riesling notes shine on the finish.

This flavor works well even with underripe pears–you just have to poach them a bit longer. If your pears are super ripe and juicy, you won’t need to poach them for more than a few moments.



Makes about 1 quart.

  • 6 medium Anjou, Bartlett, Bosc, or Comice pears (about 1¾ pounds), peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup Riesling
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup


Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Continue cooking for 5 to 8 minutes, until the pears are soft. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.


Puree the pear mixture in 2 batches in a food processor until completely smooth. Force through a sieve.

Fill a large bowl with ice and water. Pour the mixture into a 1-gallon Ziploc freezer bag and submerge the sealed bag in the ice bath. Let stand, adding more ice as necessary, until cold, about 30 minutes.


Pour the sorbet base into the frozen canister and spin just until the consistency of very softly whipped cream.

Pack the sorbet into a storage container, press a sheet of parchment directly against the surface, and seal with an airtight lid. Freeze in the coldest part of your freezer until firm, at least 4 hours.

Excerpted from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home by Jeni Britton Bauer (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2011.