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Scream sorbet

Ruth Lafler | Aug 3, 2008 03:24 PM

I had my first encounter with Scream Sorbet at the Jack London Square farmers' market this morning. I did a search and only found two mentions, both in posts about the Old Oakland Farmers' market. They're still small and only selling at a handful of East Bay markets, but they're very much worth checking out. I had a long chat with a guy who said he's one of the people who actually makes the sorbet. In fact, when I mentioned I'd made sorbet he launched into a whole discourse about how if I'm into making sorbet I should get a refractometer to get the brix just right for the right consistency at the right temperature. He's obviously very passionate about what he's doing!

Ah, but how was it? I sampled five of the six flavors (they only have six at any one time): lime-mint, maple walnut with sea salt, pluot, nectarine and strawberry (I'm not much for blackberries, so I passed on the blackberry sourcream, which was the only one that contained dairy). My favorite was the pluot. I told him I'd had some fabulous plum sorbetto recently in NY, and he immediately guessed (correctly) that it had been at Il laboratorio del gelato (hey, I just googled that to check the spelling, and the Chow Digest of my remarks about the black plum sorbetto was the fifth item -- I didn't even realize my comments had made the Manhattan Chow Digest!). Anyway, this was pluot, not plum, so it wasn't quite as tangy, but it still had a lovely balance of fruitiness and tartness. The other favorite was the maple walnut. Sometimes I think salt in sweet dishes is just a popular gimmick, but in this case, the salt really brought out the sight bitterness of the walnuts. Again, the balance of all the elements was spot on. The textures of all of them (except the lime-mint, which was just a tad icy), were so smooth and creamy it was almost impossible to believe there were no dairy products. They also had a small selection of pastries, including Green Tea-Matcha French macarons with chocolate filling (very good, and I'm not big on green tea).

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