Thursday, July 12, 2012

Peach and Prosecco Sorbet


My daughter Rose (almost 7) is perfect! (OK I'm bias!) I really admire her! Rose is always happy! She loves art, music and dance. She cherishes her friends and adores her family! Everyone means the world to her! Rose is peaceful!  She is my flower girl, hippy chick! Rose floats through her life and enjoys every minute of every day! She will most definitely become a person who sees the glass as half full! Rose drew the picture below. It is an illustration of her sister Iris, who was drawing a picture while sitting at our dining room table.
My daughter Iris (4) is very different than Rose, but equally as wonderful! (Again, being very bias!)  Iris has a very adult sense of humor, knows exactly how to tease and knows how to be sarcastic!  Iris observes people and situations intensely and then forms an opinion which is either black or white. She is cautious and always becomes the leader of a group! She has better executive skills than her father and loves the challenge of mastering new tasks!  
 Do these two completely different sisters get along? Hummmm...most of the time.  Nooooo, maybe just some of the time. Actually, the truth is they fight like WWE fighters!!! From the minute they get up in the morning until the second they fall asleep they screech, pinch, bite, slap, pull each others hair and throw things at each other ALL DAY LONG!!  I feel like I must be doing something wrong! It is exhausting to watch it, listen to it and try to referee it EVERYDAY!  I can't take it anymore! If I told you that I scheduled an eye appointment just to get away from the girls for an hour of peace would you believe me??? Well, believe it! 
What does this have to do with peach and prosecco sorbet? Well, my 43rd birthday is knocking at the door! Lately, I've noticed that my eyes seem tired and refuse to focus when I read. I have had to hold whatever I am reading out at arms length to try to make out the sentences.  Unfortunately, my arms aren't long enough anymore.  I went to the eye doctor for the very first time! Yikes! That's all I have to say! A few things I didn't like:
1.  "these drops are going to sting and then your eye will go numb"    WHAT!!!!
2.  "just put your chin on here and don't move" as a little blue neon light thing TOUCHES YOUR
       EYEBALL!!!!  YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!
3.  My eyes were so dialated that I couldn't see the dashboard of the car on the way home! I figured by the time I made it home my eye sight would be clear! IT WASN'T! My eyes were so blurry that I couldn't even tell if the meatloaf I made for dinner was cooked! 
ANYWAY, the end of my long story is that I was so nervous from the day (between the girls fighting AND trying to focus my eyes) that I decided to open a very cold bottle of prosecco! While I was sipping my second tall glass,  I noticed a very out of focus bowl of fresh peaches on the counter. I took a bite of one and then a sip of prosecco! What a combination!

Peach and Prosecco Sorbet

1 ½ lbs peaches, blanched and pureed
1 1/4  cup sugar
½ cup water
¾ cup Prosecco

      1.  Bring sugar and water to a boil. Simmer for 3 minutes and set aside to cool.
      2.    Cut an “x” into the bottom of each peach. Bring a large pot of water to boil and
           carefully drop in the peaches. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon to ice
           water bath. Peel the peaches; halve them and remove the pits. Transfer the
           peaches to a food processor and coarsely puree. Pour into a medium bowl.
3.    Add simple syrup (sugar water mixture) to peach puree in the food processor. Blend well.
4.    Stir in Prosecco. Pour into bowl or large measuring cup and chill in fridge.
5.    Transfer to ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions.















      ***This recipe can be made without an ice cream maker. Proceed up to step 4, but instead of chilling in fridge pour into shallow covered glass dish. Freeze until just firm about 2 hours. Once frozen take out and break it up and put in bowl of food processor. Process until completely smooth.***
BTW can't see these instructions without my new reading glasses!

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