Monday, July 11, 2011

Black Tea & Blackberry Sorbet

black tea + blackberry sorbet.

Down the winding gravel road that leads to my home there’s a large spray of wild blackberry bushes. They are brambly things, completely overgrown, not taken care of by anyone in particular, free for the taking.

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Each year we do lots of blackberry picking. Sometimes it’s all of us, a family affair, other times not. This time around it was my sister & I, and two of our sweet dogs. They followed us there and sniffed around a bit before seeing a deer and running off after it. Sarah & I walked to the patch around dusk, as it’s far too hot in the middle of the day, even with the fading light we were sweating up a storm, but despite that and getting all scratched up from the briars, it’s totally worth it! Fresh berries! For free!

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I wanted to try something new with them this year, I was originally going to make a plain blackberry sorbet, but then I thought of this. We’re combining two of my favorite things, berries and sweet tea! It’s oh so good, super refreshing and so perfect for summer. I can already see this becoming a staple for these hot months.

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The vodka used here is to keep the sorbet from freezing into a solid mass. It keeps is scoopable! Also, sometimes tea gets bitter if it’s steeped too long. taste yours, if it is, add a pinch of baking soda!

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Black Tea-Blackberry Sorbet

2 cups water
2 regular tea bags
1 cup sugar
3 cups fresh or frozen blackberries, if frozen, let thaw completely
1 tbs vodka
2 tbs lemon juice

Bring water to a rolling boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, add sugar and heat until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool completely.

Puree blackberries in a food processor, then push through mesh sieve to remove seeds. Add vodka and lemon juice. Add to tea, then pour back through sieve.

Process the mixture in an ice cream maker, according to manufacturers instructions.

127 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness...how lucky are you to be able to get free blackberries! This sounds divine as well...can't wait to try it! Thanks so much!

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  2. This looks so deliciously good, Hannah! cool and refreshing, and the tea+berry combo sounds wonderful. I'm also quite jealous of your free-for-all blackberry bushes.

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  3. gorgeous and perfect. we have blackberry bushes bordering our yard. wild blackberries remind me of picking w/ my late grandfather...he taught us to bring a plank of wood with us so we could lay it down over the bushes we (and the birds!) had already picked through to get to the hidden gems deeper in the brambles.

    this sorbet is so many of the things i love about summer!

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  4. wow this looks so good Hannah! Wish we could get our hands on some blackberries here in Oz right now... might have a search and see when they're available...

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  5. The color of the sorbet is unbelievably beautiful!!

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  6. Fresh blackberries for free?? Wootwoot! How lucky are the blackberries to end up in such a great sorbet! (I absolutely love the combination of flavors!)

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  7. More beautiful photography!! I would never have put black tea and blackberry together but it sounds delicious!

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  8. I wish when I was younger someone would have told me that true blackberries were so hard to come by! We had bushes by our house growing up, but living in the city, alas, doesn't allow that same luxury. Your sorbet looks gorgeous!

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  9. What an interesting combination. And I am SO jealous of your wild blackberry picking. What a dream!

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  10. Blackberries are my favorite summer berry! The photos of your picking adventure and the sorbet look wonderful.

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  11. Wow, it looks delish and it's so easy to make! I will have to try out this recipe! :)

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  12. This tastes absolutely incredible. Love being the guinea pig for this girl!

    Lisa aka Mom

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  13. Oh isn't it nice how activities in the summer always tie so wonderfully into summertime cooking and baking? My family goes for morning walks and along the way we pluck fresh blueberries to add to our morning pancakes.

    Looks like a delicious recipe.

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  14. This looks super good. You have some of the best pics of food I've seen ever.

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  15. Beautiful. I love that you can pick your own berries, perfectly fresh and the result of a hard day's sweaty work. This sorbet sounds delicious!

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  16. Well shoot--this is my first visit to your blog, and I lovvvvve what I see. Your pictures! Your food! Really diggin' this sorbet recipe and am gonna give it a go for girls night. :)

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  17. Oh, this is so lovely. Beyond lovely. We picked heaps of blackberries at my Mr's parents' farm, and they are absolutely vicious plants. The berries are absolutely worth the nicks and scrapes though. True gems of late summer.

    A beautiful sorbet you've created, and photos to match.

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  18. Nice story, recipe and photos. I love reading it:)

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  19. Gorgeous photos and great recipe!

    Blessings,
    This Good Life

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  20. Berry picking is so fun! Beautiful photos and great recipe.

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  21. What a fabulous sorbet! That is one awesome combination.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  22. What an elegant way of making a blackberry sorbet!!!! delicious and with a great colour!!!!!

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  23. This sounds lovely - and the blackberry picking makes me think of my parent's house where I grew up. We could pick blackberries over the fence!

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  24. Oh my gosh this looks amazing, i can only imaginehow yummy it tastes!

    Zoe
    http://blessedbeeapothecary.blogspot.com/

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  25. Oh goodness. This is incredible. Would you mind if I used a few of these pictures in my post? -- of course I'd give you the credit! -- I'll tell you when/if I do it. :) Or if you don't want me to, please say so!

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  26. Woah, lucky girl, David Lebovitz posted about this on Fb...!

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  27. oh wow, that's amazing! black tea in sorbet is the best idea ever, I have to try this!!

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  28. I'll save this recipe for later in the month when our blackberries here in North Germany finally ripen. At my grandmother's, July 4 was the peak day! Thanks. My first visit - I'll be back again.

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  29. What a lovelylovely recipe and post entirely. Your photography is some of the nicest on any blogs ive seen, and your writing style is so very nice. Gorgeous :)

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  30. Those are two of my favorite things too! I can't wait to try this.

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  31. I'd make this sorbet only because of the color! How gorgeous. Great presentation, as usual!

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  32. What a fabulous blog. This recipe sounds so yummy. It will have to wait a bit as here in England the blackberries won't be ready until Sept.

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  33. wonderful color here, love the picking pics - great color

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  34. Great combination! I didn't know that a touch of vodka would keep the sorbet smooth. Great tip!

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  35. I used to live in a house which had wild blackberries and black raspberries nearby...I would pick them every year and make ice cream. I think it was the best ice cream I ever tasted - probably because I had picked the berries myself. I sure miss that house and those berries!

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  36. brilliant idea to add vodka! i hate it when ice cream/sorbet is too frozen to scoop, it also tastes much better when it's slightly soft.

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  37. Lucky, lucky, lucky! I remember roadtrips to Washington when I was younger, picking blackberries along the roads ... (we don't have them wild like that in Queensland ;) )

    Love the idea of this combination - I'm always looking for other ways to use tea! Thanks x

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  38. Free blackberries? I'm jealous (not only of that but also your beautiful photography). I wish I still had an ice cream machine so I could make this sorbet!

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  39. I'm sure that tea just pokes through perfectly. I feel like I can taste it, it probably just keeps you coming back in for another bite. Tea will do that to food. Yum, wonderful little post here.
    Just came around your blog for the first time, love it, Very beautiful. Thanks, will be back soon!

    SB.

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  40. Hi there,

    Slightly offtopic, but I just wanted to let you know that I've written a mini-review of your blog at a link-up post on my blog. Feel free to check it out and I hope my recommendation will give you more traffic!

    Here is the link:
    http://this-good-life.blogspot.com/2011/07/through-blogging-door-ii.html

    Best wishes,
    This Good Life

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  41. Hey again!
    I just wanted to say that I put one of these pictures on my pinterest...
    http://pinterest.com/lovelyart/delicious-things/
    If you have a pinterest, I'll not only link up to your flickr but mention you. :)
    thanks so much!
    Acacia

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  42. I am Hannah's dad and I have the honor of tasting her creations and this is AMAZING!
    Dad...

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  43. Sounds very refreshing, and gorgeous colors

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  44. I hope to do some blackberry picking here this summer...your photos are so inspiring and I love your inventive recipes.

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  45. I made this sorbet this weekend for a dinner party, and it was such a hit! Thank god I tripled the recipe or else I wouldn't have had leftovers for this week, which will be DC's hottest this summer. Definitely will be making this again!
    Thanks for the recipe and beautiful photography!

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  46. yum, this sounds amazing! i just love black tea, and blackberries, and not-too-sweet sorbet...great idea.

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  47. Don't you live the 'free-ness' of picking blackberries off a track or roadside. Best free summer foraging in my book!

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  48. Thanks for the great tips. I am colecring tea based recipes. The photos look really lovely

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  49. Great minds think alike? I just blogged about the joys and pleasures of picking raspberries (I turned mine into raspberry fool). There is something about berries you pick yourself that makes them so much better, don't you think?

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  50. What beautiful writing - I felt I was right there picking berries beside you! A neighbour's passionfruit vine used to sneak over to my side and I used to love going passionfruit hunting. But it's back to the markets for me I'm afraid. Enjoy your free blackberries while you can!

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  51. makes me think of the wild blackberry bushes that grew behind my childhood home along a meandering creek. makes my mouth water! yum.

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  52. beautiful!! this is a recipe that i have to try..
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  53. Ooh, that sounds delicious and your photos are so beautiful!

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  54. Perfect timing! I just ordered a new ice cream maker....

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  55. You just pick blackberries near your house. Oh! I want to see one of those, and I just want to have something like that near us. And the good thing is that they are really fresh. Unlike here, we usually go to supermarkets to buy it.

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  56. I'm jealous of those free blackberries -- I wonder if you could substitute balsamic vinegar for the vodka -- I can't have alcohol . . .

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  57. Your photos are like magic... too beautiful! I've begun to love sorbet since it's vegan. : )

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  58. What a scrumptious idea! The combination sounds divine. We don't have blackberries growing wild near by but we are inundated with dewberries. I may have to go pick some to try this recipe.

    Thanks for sharing. And absolutely gorgeous shots!

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  59. first time visiting your blog and i love it! gorgeous gorgeous photos. just makes me want to laze around in the sun and have nostalgic dreams.

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  60. Found this blog through CRAFTzine's newletter.
    Digging the atmosphere in all your photos - really, really lovely!

    & mmmm to the wild berries - I have some in my yard, but not nearly enough to make sorbet - yet = )

    I'm guessing the yield on the recipe is around 1 quart of sorbet?

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  61. Hannah I just discovered your blog. It is truly tasty fabulosity and your photography is simply stunning! I look forward to reading all of your post:)

    What an intriguing combo of blackberry & tea. I was on a blackberry kick about a month ago but I will be making this recipe soon. Keep up the great work.

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  62. I just made this except subbing 2 c. cooked blended plums for the blackberries. I was making jam and had leftover. Absolutely delicious. If I had free blackberries, I would so love to try this as well, true to recipe form!

    Thank you for a great idea!

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  63. During hot summer days, blackberry sorbet is a wonderfully cooling use for fresh berries at their flavorful peak.

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  64. I love this recipe! I substituted mint green tea for black tea and it was so delicious!!

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  65. Awesome work. Nice photos you did look wonderful. Blackberries are best my favorite summer berry! Good job, well done.

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