I always think that a fruit sorbet makes the perfect end to a meal. Especially if it is a big dinner. This Spiced Blackcurrant Sorbet is just perfect for that. Light and sophisticated and packed with flavour.
Spiced Blackcurrant Sorbet
Don’t you love blackcurrants, those little black jewels, so bittersweet, perfect for jams, chutneys and pie fillings. They are perfect for a sorbet too. This spiced blackcurrant sorbet is a delight, the perfect end to any supper party, a grown-up treat.
I’ve made Cassis on this blog and I use Cassis in this blackcurrant sorbet recipe. The famous French blackcurrant liqueur adds a lovely rich boozy flavour to this lovely frozen dessert. It gives a great kick to the blackcurrant sorbet so I urge you to make some yourself as it is rather expensive to buy in the shops.
If you haven’t got Cassis to hand you could use a drop of brandy or whisky to add that boozy zing to this recipe.
Ingredients for blackcurrant sorbet
There are very few ingredients in this Blackcurrant Sorbet, all you’ll need are blackcurrants, a simple sugar syrup, star anise for spice, and some Cassis or booze of choice.
The star Anise is a wonderful pairing with blackcurrants. It has an aniseed flavour that goes well with such a flavourful fruit.
Can you use frozen blackcurrants to make a sorbet?
Yes, you can use frozen blackcurrants in this blackcurrant sorbet recipe. Simply defrost them first. I know this sounds daft defrosting the blackcurrants when you are going to freeze them again, but they need to be defrosted to cook down and release their juice.
The complete list of ingredients and full instructions for making this recipe can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
How to make blackcurrant sorbet
- Make your sugar syrup first by mixing 100ml of water with 100g sugar and heating till the sugar has dissolved completely.
- Now add the blackcurrants and star anise and boil then cover and simmer for 7 minutes till the blackcurrants are tender.
- Let everything cool down completely then press the blackcurrant sorbet mixture through a sieve to remove the pips, add the booze and chill thoroughly.
- Then use an ice-cream maker to churn things up and make your blackcurrant sorbet.
- Pop it into the freezer till you are ready to serve.
How long will sorbet keep in the freezer?
You can store this delicious blackcurrant sorbet dessert for up to 3 months in the freezer. Always top the sorbet with baking parchment before you put on the lid to avoid freezer burn.
Looking for more blackcurrant recipes? Then check these out;
How to make Cassis
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Spiced Blackcurrant Sorbet
- 500 g blackcurrants
- 100 ml water
- 100 g sugar
- 1 star anise
- 1 tbsp Cassis or brandy or whisky
- Make sugar syrup by heating water and sugar till the latter has dissolved completely
- Add the blackcurrants and star anise, boil then reduce heat and cover and simmer for 10 minutes till blackcurrants are tender
- Press through a sieve and stir in Cassis
- Chill thoroughly before churning in ice-cream maker then freezing till ready to serve.