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Princess Diaries Pear Sorbet

It’s time for another Dinner and a Movie, except this time it’s dessert and a movie! Enjoy the iconic Princess Diaries Pear Sorbet – hopefully without the brain freeze! This creamy and smooth sorbet treat is full of pear flavor with refreshing hints of mint. This is a fabulous palate cleanser for the likes of Princess Mia, kids on a hot summer day, and you when it’s time to cuddle on the couch for a movie! 

Three glasses of green pear sorbet on a silver serving dish garnished with mint leaves

Why You’ll Love This Pear Sorbet 

“Have you ever experienced that instant headache when you eat ice too quickly?”

The iconic Queen Clarisse Renaldi

I think we’ve all experienced a brain freeze, but no one has experienced it quite as severely as Princess Mia (of Princess Diaries fame, of course) as she took a massive bite of green pear sorbet. I can hear the panicked grunts of Mia and the Prime Minister and his wife as they took too-big bites in solidarity. 

It’s one of the most iconic scenes in the movie because it’s so funny, but it stuck in my brain specifically because…doesn’t that pear sorbet look so dang good?! The vibrant green color, and the fact that it’s meant to cleanse the palate between courses, it all seems so appealing to me! 

And I mean, who can deny Genovian pears? They’re a delicacy! 😉This sorbet has a strong pear flavor with a hint of fresh mint which makes it light and refreshing. You can enjoy it between courses as a palate cleanser like a true Genovian, or you can enjoy it as an after dinner sweet! 

You could even pair it with a greasy corndog like Mia would – I’ve made a little Princess Diaries Menu so you can throw a full-on themed party as a princess yourself! You’ll have no choice but to say, “Me? A…princess? Shut…up!”

Check out another Dinner and a Movie recipe – try Chessy’s Vegetarian Chili and Cornbread from The Parent Trap. 

Sorbet Ingredients

pears, green food coloring, honey, apple juice, mint

Sorbet is made of simple ingredients, and it’s customizable! If you’d like more minty flavor, go ahead and add more leaves. If you want your sorbet to have a pear and ginger flavor profile, sounds good to me! Below are the ingredients I used to make – what I think – is the most authentic Genovian Pear Sorbet. The mint is great for “between courses, to cleanse the palate!”

  • Apple juice 
  • Pears – peeled, cored and diced 
  • Fresh lemon juice 
  • Agave 
  • Mint leaves 
  • Green food coloring – optional 

How to Make Palate Cleansing Sorbet

pears being chopped and diced for sorbet

Step 1: Combine Juice + Pears

Place the apple juice in a medium sauce pan bring it to a near simmer, then add in the diced pears. Let it simmer for 8-10 minutes longer, or until the pears are fork tender.

Step 2: Add Ingredients + Cool

Remove the pear mixture from heat and add in the lemon juice, agave, and mint leaves. Stir everything together and let the mixture cool for 15-20 minutes. Remove the mint leaves from the mixture. 

blending the pear mixture and then pouring it into a bowl

Step 3: Blend

Blend the mixture with an immersion blender, or in a blender for 20-30 seconds until the mixture is smooth. Add in a few drops of green food coloring and stir it together until everything’s combined.

adding the green food coloring and mixing it in the sorbet and then putting it in an ice cream maker

Step 4: Freeze

Transfer the mixture to a container and put it in the freezer for at least 3 hours, or overnight. Or, transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and follow your manufacturers instructions. Transfer the sorbet to a container and freeze for two hours for the ‘packed’ ice cream consistency.

the green sorbet spread out in a pan

 

Princess Diaries Themed Menu 

The nostalgia of Princess Diaries is unparalleled! Thankfully, the movie gives us tons of fodder to put together a fun and delicious themed party. I’ve curated a handful of recipes to get you started!

green sorbet in a glass dish on a silver platter with a spoon in it

FAQs

What’s the difference between sherbet and sorbet?

Sherbet has dairy in it and sorbet doesn’t! 

What other kinds of sorbet flavors can I make? 

Oh, the opportunities are endless! Some flavors I think sound amazing are mango, lemon, and strawberry, but let your imagination run wild. 

Where is Genovia? 

In the movie it’s positioned between France and Spain, but in reality it’s in your heart. 😜

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Princess Diaries Pear Sorbet

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Sweets
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

It’s time for another Dinner and a Movie, except this time it’s dinner and dessert! Enjoy the iconic Princess Diaries Pear Sorbet – hopefully without the brain freeze! This creamy and smooth sorbet treat is full of pear flavor with refreshing hints of mint. This is a fabulous palate cleanser for the likes of Princess Mia, kids on a hot summer day, and you when it’s time to cuddle on the couch for a movie! 


Ingredients

Scale

1 cup apple juice

4 large ripe pears, peeled, cored and diced

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

¼ cup agave

6 fresh mint leaves

Green food coloring, optional


Instructions

  1. Place the apple juice in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and add in diced pears and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the pears are forked tender.
  2. Remove pears from heat and add in lemon juice, agave, and mint leaves. Stir together and let the mixture cool for 15-20 minutes. Remove the mint leaves from the mixture. 
  3. Blend the mixture with an immersion blender or in a blender for 20-30 seconds until the mixture is smooth. Add in a few drops of green food coloring and stir together until combined.
  4. Transfer mixture to a container and freeze in the freezer for at least 3 hours or overnight. Or transfer mixture to an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a container and freeze for two hours for ‘packed’ ice cream consistency.

Notes

Note: The sorbet will keep in the freezer for about a month when stored in an airtight container. 

Keywords: pear sorbet, princess diaries sorbet, dinner and a movie, mint sorbet

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