Rosenmuskateller is a rare dessert wine from Alto Adige/Südtirol, the German speaking north-east of Italy. It is made from the rare grape of the same name, related to other muscat grapes but with the distinctive quality that it smells of roses! I thought it would be great to pair this with a dessert that includes rose water, which is flavored water made by steeping rose petals in water. And so I came up with blackberry rose water sorbet, and guess what? It was fantastic. The sorbet by itself because it has an amazing rose scent and the rose works very well with blackberries, but paired with a glass of Rosenmuskateller it was heavenly. Here’s what I did…
Makes about 500 ml (2 cups), for 4 servings
500 grams (1.1 lbs) blackberries, frozen* or fresh
fresh blackberries for garnish
60 ml (1/4 cup) rose water
150 grams (3/4 cup) sugar
150 ml (2/3 cup) water
*For a recipe like this, frozen blackberries are a cheaper option than fresh and you probably won’t be able to taste the difference
Start by making a simple syrup. Combine 150 grams sugar with 150 grams water in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil, stirring, then allow to boil for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and allow the simple syrup to cool to room temperature.
Combine 500 grams blackberries with the simple syrup and 60 ml rose water in a blender.
Blend until smooth, but do not blend for too long as you want to keep the seeds whole so you can filter them out.
Use a foodmill fitted with a fine sieve…
…to remove the seeds.
Chill the resulting mixture to refrigerator temperature (this will happen faster if you used frozen blackberries).
Churn the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions, or freeze the mixture in your freezer, stirring it every few hours.
Serve garnished with fresh blackberries.
After the introduction it is clear that we paired this with a glass of Rosenmuskateller (Moscato Rosa in Italian) from one of the best producers in Alto Adige: Franz Haas.
If you can’t find Rosenmuskateller, a reasonable alternative is black muscat from California (Quady Winery). This grape variety (which is also called muscat of Hamburg) is related to moscato rosa and sometimes smells a bit of roses, too, but not as much as the real thing.
An appropriate flashback for today’s post is grilled octopus with roasted bell pepper ice cream.