Alright, this is the madness I've been cooking up that is presently firming up in my freezer. I give you the Malbec Candied Cantaloupe Sorbet! 😋 This was purely experimental so there are many things that I know I can do better next time around. My intent was to have a cantaloupe sorbet with candied bits of cantaloupe & thin layers of a Malbec syrup. My layers may have been too thick but we'll see when I get to have a scoop tomorrow.
I diced up a few pieces of cantaloupe & candied them with a mix of Malbec, sugar & lemon juice. They have pretty high water content so I popped them into the dehydrator first. They are wonderfully chewy with a little tartness added to the flavor of the cantaloupe. The challenge was trying to keep them from sticking together, but in the end they separated just fine when mixed in.
I then used the remainder of my Malbec make a sort of invert sugar syrup &/or reduction. #idunno #notapro #justmessingaroud
I wanted to use this to create layers of tartness to juxtapose the sweetness of the cantaloupe.
Cantaloupe has a sort of bland sweetness for lack of a better word. It doesn't have any bite, no crisp finish. I was hoping the Malbec would balance this but it still seemed off. Then I remembered that I'd saved the Riesling in which I poached my pears & used that. I could have used more lemon juice, but this worked beautifully! It punched up the flavor of the cantaloupe & gave it a nice crisp finish without adding an obvious lemon flavor.
A friend heard how long I was up tinkering with this & said, "OMG! I never should have taken you to Jeni's ice cream!" It suddenly dawned on me that I'd been looking for the wrong ice cream shop. I finally found the place that inspired all of this delicious madness, @jenisicecreams! It all started with my first taste of Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet. I’ll have to go back & tag my previous posts with an appropriate thank you for all of the inspiration. 😁
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