Pear Sorbet with Ginger Sauce

by Chan Vu, Feb 07 2016

Have you ever wondered the difference between sherbet and sorbet? Well, sherbet or "sherbert" contains dairy products like milk while sorbet is a fruit puree. Sorbet is a wonderful dessert to cleanse the palate after a flavorful meal. 

If you are having a dinner party in the near future, try my pear sorbet with ginger syrup for dessert. It's easy to prepare and tastes great. Besides, it's not every day that your guests can experience the culinary fusion between pear and ginger. 


  • 2 cans of pear halves with syrup
  • 3 tablespoons pear syrup
  • 10 slivers of fresh ginger
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup ice

1. Remove the pear halves from the cans and put the pears in the freezer for 4 - 6 hours. Save 3 tablespoons of the syrup in a separate bowl for later. 
2. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, 1 cup water and slivers of ginger. On medium heat, continue to whisk the ginger syrup until it comes to a boil. 
3. Turn down the heat and add cornstarch. Continue to whisk for another 5 minutes. Take the saucepan off the heat and let it cool. The syrup will thicken as it cools. 
4. In a high-speed blender, combine frozen pears, 3 tablespoons pear syrup and 1/2 cup of ice. Blend well until the sorbet is thick. Add more ice for extra thickness. 
5. Serve immediately or freeze it until serving.
6. To serve, scoop the sorbet into a dessert bowl. Pour a tablespoon of ginger syrup on top of the sorbet. Garnish with fresh mint leaves or ginger slivers from the syrup.

Make 6-8 servings.


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