Apple and Blackberry Sorbet

It’s that time of year again; summer is just about leaving us, but the first fruit of autumn is coming out to play [with our taste buds]. As you might have seen from my instagram (click the icon to the right, or follow @frugalfeeding) my apple tree is positively dripping with fruit – it is quite the sight to behold. This means that I can either let them rot, sell them or make delicious things with those that we don’t eat. The first of those options doesn’t bear thinking about; it simply wouldn’t be frugal. The second would mean having to traipse into town carrying a sack of apples, something I’m too lazy to do. So, by process of elimination the third option is the one that has been plumped for and look what happened – apple and blackberry sorbet. Even the blackberries were from a bush at the back of my garden. The only fruit left for me to make something with are our damsons.

This is a recipe best made with freshly pressed apple juice, though it would probably be fine if made with a good quality cloudy apple juice. If, like me, you haven’t a press, then all you have to do is to core 10-12 apples, cut them up and create a pulp by blending them in a food processor. Pop this mulch into muslin or a tea towel and strain it into a bowl. Do not do this with the blackberries since they are likely to ruin your cloth, so it is necessary to pass these through a sieve. Make sure you’re using eating apples for this recipe; otherwise you’ll probably have to add half a kilo of sugar in order to make it barely edible, whereas I’ve used a mere 20g. A sorbet like this, in which the flavour of the apples is easily masked, needs to be as natural as possible, so adding too much sugar is something to be avoided.

The best thing about this sorbet is that it is made entirely from fruit juice and not from concentrate like some shop bought sorbets. This means that you don’t tend to encounter that rather mischievous trait, whereby some of the fruit particles become separated from the water and you’re left with really strong sorbet and ice. Whether one wants to add some pulp to the mixture is entirely up to the person making it. Though if you’re going to do this you may want to add some lemon juice to the pulp before it turns brown. Indeed, that is the reason why this sorbet contains lemon juice in the first place – it adds nothing at all to the flavour. This is the perfect way to see off the summer, which has been relatively non-existent in Britain – but I do like to be polite to my seasons even if they don’t deliver what they promised.

Apple and Blackberry Sorbet

Makes roughly 800ml


• The juice of 10-12 eating apples, roughly 650ml

• The juice of 100g blackberries, roughly 100ml

• The juice of half a lemon, roughly 50ml

• Sugar to taste, roughly 2 tbsp


1. Juice the fruit as per the instructions above. Tip the result into a measuring jug, stir in the sugar and allow to chill.

2. Pour this into your ice cream machine and freeze according to instructions. It couldn’t be simpler; one need only defrost this for ten minutes once properly frozen.

Cost: The only thing I had to buy for this recipe was the lemon and the sugar. As a result the entire confection set me back roughly 25p. However, it may be a little more expensive if you were to buy the ingredients from the shop – perhaps £3.50. Though, the price would be a reduced a little if one were to use apple juice from a carton – I take no responsibility for the quality of this, it might be abysmal.


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98 comments on “Apple and Blackberry Sorbet

  1. budgetcookingblog
    September 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Do you know what kind of apples those are? I’m just curious.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      I have absolutely no idea – very sorry! They’re a little bit like a braeburn but with more russet.

  2. Christina Hunter
    September 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I’m so jealous of your ice cream machine and all the lovely things you’ve been making!

  3. trialsinfood
    September 11, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    looks like the perfect way to welcome fall. 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      It was, particularly since almost all the ingredients were from my garden.

  4. emmycooks
    September 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    What a perfect end of summer flavor combination! And it’s beautiful too.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks, Emmy! It really does taste like the end of summer 😀

  5. Jill
    September 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Delicious! I really should have gotten an ice cream maker this summer…

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks! Yes, you should have – naughty, Jill.

  6. Karista
    September 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Fantastic! Looks so refreshing and a great way to celebrate the first days of fall. Your pictures are so good Frugal. And I love your kitchen table!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks, Karista! I’m glad you think so – I actually wasn’t very happy with these photos… My beloved table 😀

  7. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    September 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I am so envious of your apple tree! You would never get me out of the kitchen if I had all of those apples to bake with. And this sorbet looks fantastic, love the marriage between blackberries and apples/summer fruit and fall fruit! PS. Just found you on Instagram!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks! I know, it’s going to be difficult to use them all… Thanks very much! I’m trying to reach out to as many people as possible! Spread the word 😀

  8. egg me on
    September 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Apples and blackberries — never would have thought to combine them but this looks so good. Like if Summer and Fall had a baby this would be it. I know, that sounds weird.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Really? It’s a big thing over here. I like that analogy!

  9. mandaray
    September 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy this blog, and as such have nominated it for the “One Lovely Blog Award”: Thank you for all the great recipes! :)

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks, Amanda! I saw it – very flattered.

      • mandaray
        September 12, 2012 at 1:16 am

        You are most welcome! :)

  10. ZainabJagotAhmed
    September 11, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    looks delicious!

  11. jelliedwhale
    September 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    oh, yes please!


  12. Karen
    September 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Summer berries and apples from fall…what a lovely combination.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Just about summer berries :D. You’d not find them in July! Thanks, Karen!

      • Karen
        September 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm

        It is like our wild blueberries…it is just now their season. I think we enjoy the last berries that ripen the most before the cold arrives.

        • frugalfeeding
          September 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm

          You often go into my spam filter :(. I wish we got wild blueberries… no such luck… Yes, the last ones are certainly sweeter.

          • Karen
            September 12, 2012 at 9:27 pm

            Thank you frugal for letting me know and taking me out of spam. Supposedly the problem has been fixed by the support people at Atkismit…I hope so.

          • frugalfeeding
            September 13, 2012 at 12:03 am

            Me too, it’s a bit of a pain isn’t it?! I hope I don’t get caught elsewhere…

          • Karen
            September 13, 2012 at 12:50 am

            Let’s keep our fingers crossed because as you say it is a bit of a pain.

          • frugalfeeding
            September 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

            Indeed, just like when WordPress stopped a number of my followers following me…

  13. Urban Country Girl
    September 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    I would so try this if I was still living in Washington. Lots of fallen apples and unpicked berries there.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Really? Don’t people know free food when they see it?!

  14. Conor Bofin
    September 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Excellent idea and great photos (as usual).

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks, Conor! I was a little unsure of the photos to begin with, but everyone seems to like them!

      • Conor Bofin
        September 11, 2012 at 10:36 pm

        I love the use of light in the apples shot.

        • frugalfeeding
          September 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm

          Why, thank you! It did take me a while until I took a shot I was happy with…

          • Conor Bofin
            September 11, 2012 at 10:42 pm

            I fall down most often on the ‘plated’ shot. Always, because the hungry hoard are waiting for me to sit before they start. I suppose it shows that they are reasonably well brought up.

          • frugalfeeding
            September 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm

            Haha – that’s very impressive :D.

  15. countrywoodsmoke
    September 11, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Lovely apples and you have done them a real justice with this recipe. Love the colour of the sorbet.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks, Marcus! I know, it’s the main reason I added the blackberries, but they also bring a subtle berry taste to the proceedings.

  16. Somer
    September 12, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Fabulous! I was given a bag full of delicious honeycrisp apples yesterday that look eerily similar to yours! I love the idea of apples in a sorbet!

    p.s. I finally got my own blog.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Ahhh, fantastic! I’m there, Somer! I look forward to see what you do with them 😀

  17. Shira
    September 12, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Sounds just heavenly! I might scoop up an ice cream maker as there are just too many yummy sounding recipes out there! Lovely Nick!

  18. thevanillabeandiaries
    September 12, 2012 at 2:36 am

    This looks amazing! And seems so easy to make :) definitely going on the list of things to make this summer!!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks! Very easy to make indeed. You could even turn them into pops!

      • thevanillabeandiaries
        September 13, 2012 at 1:54 am

        That is such a good idea!! I don’t have an icecream maker and was contemplating what to do – but ice pops will be a perfect alternative :)

        • frugalfeeding
          September 13, 2012 at 9:32 am

          Alas, it was the idea of a reader… 😀

  19. malvikajaswal
    September 12, 2012 at 2:59 am

    That is simply a work of art my friend

  20. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    September 12, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Lovely, lovely way to see summer off! Incidentally, I just saw that apple tree on Instagram.. awesome! My friend let me pick a few of hers.. they were on the smallish side, green but sweet.. I just made some apple sauce. I’ve also made my first ice cream.. and photos are in a little tin.. so we’re on the same wavelength these days! What an absolutely heavenly sorbet this must have been.. or is?? I’m thinking if it were in my kitchen, I would have eaten it right after the photos were taken:D xx

    • frugalfeeding
      September 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks, Barbara! I love my little apple tree! I want to do a recipe for scrumpy apple sauce, it’s so deeeelish. Perhaps we’re like lots of women in a house… our cycles start to match (gross, right?)… IT still is, I did eat some, but it made quite a lot!

  21. Jen
    September 12, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  22. Mama's Gotta Bake
    September 12, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Great flavor combination! I don’t think I’ve ever had an apple sorbet, but I think I’ll have to give this one a try. Lovely photos too!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks! This was the first I’d ever had it too – it was really lovely.

  23. Maya Oryan
    September 12, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I love anything with apples, never thought of an apple sorbet. Wish I can reach your table to taste some:)

    • frugalfeeding
      September 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Me too, Maya – they are a wonderful fruit. It’s very easy to make 😀

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    September 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm

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  25. scroungelady
    September 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Looks good, man! Thanks for stopping by – you don’t have to spend lots of $$$ to eat well. Would this fruit mixture work if just still frozen in “ice pop” molds? Sorbet is good but pops are one step down on the laziness scale.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks! I’m so glad you think so. That would definitely work – very well actually. I think I’ll have to get myself some moulds!

  26. kanzensakura
    September 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Oh my….I think the lemon sorbet will have to make room for this. Your table seems like an old friend. Please stop by and look at the post I did for Local Produce and my great-grandmother’s veggie stew. Nice photos. I think if I get close enough, I can just reach through this screen and grab a bite of that gorgeous sorbet.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Haha – they are both incredible in different ways, though I do prefer this one :D. My table is an old friend! I shall check it out for sure. People always say they want to reach into or eat their monitors when they see my photography… I highly discourage such actions… it could be dangerous.

  27. putneyfarm
    September 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Looks just great….I like the berry / apple combination very much (both color and flavor)

    • frugalfeeding
      September 12, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks! It’s a very good combination indeed and I think it looks a lot nicer than if it has just been apple.

  28. The Healthy Flavor
    September 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    That looks fabulous!!! Glad to have found your blog! :)

  29. Victoria
    September 13, 2012 at 12:00 am

    That looks so beautiful and tasty!

  30. spree
    September 13, 2012 at 12:24 am

    What pretty apples those are! They look like Fall itself! And then, with the berries & the falling fruit from the tree, you’ve got this whole Summer/Fall thing going on…what could be more perfect in these days are neither/or both? :) Nicely done!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 13, 2012 at 9:34 am

      They are rather. The weather is a little strange, it’s going between full on rain and wind and full blue skies… it’s a little confusing :D. Thanks, Spree.

  31. musingmar
    September 13, 2012 at 3:59 am

    What a vibrantly coloured sorbet. One glance and you just know how good it must taste!

  32. Savory Simple
    September 13, 2012 at 4:26 am

    I love the idea of apple sorbet! What a great seasonal crossover.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Thanks! It worked very well – the perfect end to summer perhaps.

  33. Katherine | Homemade Card Factory
    September 13, 2012 at 8:40 am

    The more I look at this sorbet, the more it makes my mouth water!

  34. The Opinionated Foodie
    September 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

    It’s lovely!

  35. Kimby
    September 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Your blackberry-apple flavor combo is creative and the photographic results are stunning. (Not to mention tasty!) Neat to know you have your own apple tree and blackberry bush growing nearby.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 20, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad you think so. Yes, I love my garden 😀

  36. Tiffany
    September 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Yum! :)

  37. OishiiTreats
    September 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Such a gorgeous color you’ve made with the sorbet. my mouth is watering right now wishing I had my own bowl.

  38. preppyandfunny
    September 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Hello!Thank you for liking my new article I hope you’ll keep going to see the news on P&F! ;p
    I stopped by here and wanted to say your blog is gorgeous, everything looks so delicious! Congratulations!

  39. thenutritionguruandthechef
    October 6, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Have just purchased an icecream machine and have a serious obsession with whipping up tasty sorbets. Looking forward to giving this one a go!

  40. nic98omo
    October 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    This recipe is so simple and the pictures look amazing. I’, looking forward to giving it a try.

  41. eleisawifelife
    November 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Great! My son has a dairy allergy so we try to get sherbet at the ice cream store so he can enjoy with the rest of the other pre-schoolers, but there’s always a slight allergic reaction. Never new it was so easy to make sorbet.

    Will definitely try. Thanks for sharing!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 25, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Fantastic – glad I could help! It really is VERY easy!

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