Pear and star anise sorbet recipe

By December 20, 2013FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES

This is a light and refreshing alternative to the usual heavy winter puddings. It is a very good accompaniment to desserts, especially paired with a rich dark chocolate sweet. But I like it on its own, perhaps with a nice homemade shortbread or biscotti. 

Pear and star anise is a classic combination and complement each other very well. William or Comice pears are the most suitable to use.


  1. Place the sugar, water and star anise into a pan, dissolve the sugar, and gently bring to the boil.
  2. Peel and core the pears, cut into chunks, and add to the syrup with the lemon juice.
  3. Lower the heat and simmer until the pears are soft (about 15 mins).
  4. Strain the pears, reserving the liquid.
  5. Remove the star anise and place the pears into a liquidiser and blend until smooth, adding the reserved syrup as you go.
  6. Pass through a sieve and chill very well.
  7. Churn in an ice cream machine and serve.

You will need:

  • 6-8 ripe Willams or Comice pears
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 8 star anise
  • 250g castor sugar
  • 250ml water