Cranberry and Vanilla Bean Sorbet

November 6, 2010

It’s cranberry season! How about a refreshing cranberry dessert? This would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving meal, or would be something a little different to serve with all those Thanksgiving leftovers. Speaking of leftovers, I used some of this sorbet to make cranberry margaritas, which were delicious. I don’t have an exact recipe, but I mixed up some basic margarita ingredients and then added a few scoops of sorbet in place of some of the ice.

I found the recipe here on Effort to Deliciousness; I was actually looking on Margot’s site for the recipe for this recipe (which I also found on her site) but was excited to find a cranberry recipe since I had just received a fresh-from-the-bog bag of cranberries from my in-laws.

You can also find the recipe here on Epicurious. It’s easy to make, and I made it easier by puréeing it with an immersion blender instead of putting it into a blender in batches. Well, it was easier in theory, but I forgot to take the vanilla bean out before putting the immersion blender in, and then I had to strain out the chopped up vanilla bean. I realized my mistake right away, but my version may have had more vanilla flavor than intended!


  1. Oh, so very pretty!! Must mark this one…it would be a big hit at Thanksgiving, especially for those of us who don’t care for pumpkin pie…shhhh, don’t tell anyone. There’s a whole lot of goodness over there on Margot’s site, isn’t there? Matt begs for her toffee monthly…that can’t be good for you, but he sure loves it!

  2. Wow. Look at the colour on that sorbet. Lovely! I’m sure the combo of cranberry and vanilla was delicious.

  3. The vanilla bean incident sounds so much like something I would do. Love the color of this sorbet.

  4. This looks so delicious! I am not a fan of pumpkin pie and often opt for no dessert on Thanksgiving-but I would SOOOO change my tune and opt FOR dessert if I had this as a choice!

  5. What a beautiful, seasonal dessert! It looks so gorgeous.

  6. What a gorgeous colour this sorbet is! I wish we could get fresh cranberries here – heck, even frozen would do. The only kind we get is dried.

  7. The sorbet looks great, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I feel like I’ve had too many rich desserts lately and it’s only the beginning of November, definitely time for some lighter fare like these. The margaritas sound amazing too.

    • I meant to try this recipe last year after seeing it on Margot’s blog, but never got around to it. Thanks for reminding me, it looks great!

  8. What an unusual recipe and it looks totally delicious! I am a huge raspberry fan.

  9. Ooh, yum! I just bought a couple bags of cranberries. This sounds really good and light.

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