How to Make Sorbet to Beat the Heat

July 24, 2023
Sorbet
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Sorbet is a refreshing and delicious frozen dessert that’s perfect for beating the heat. It’s light, fruity, and dairy-free, making it a popular choice for those looking for a cool treat. Here’s a simple recipe for making sorbet:

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Freeze it for 3 hours
Servings 3

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh fruit such as berries, mangoes, peaches, or any fruit of your choice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar you can adjust the amount based on your preferred sweetness and the sweetness of the fruit
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice optional, but it enhances the flavor
  • A pinch of salt optional, but it enhances the overall taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare the fruit: Wash the fruit thoroughly and remove any pits, seeds, or stems. Peel the fruit if necessary, and cut it into small pieces. For berries, you can leave them whole or roughly chop them.
  2. Make simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves completely. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat and let the simple syrup cool to room temperature.
  3. Blend the fruit: Place the prepared fruit, simple syrup, fresh lemon or lime juice (if using), and a pinch of salt (if using) into a blender or food processor.
  4. Blend until smooth: Blend all the ingredients until you have a smooth and uniform mixture.
  5. Chill the mixture: Transfer it to a container with a lid and refrigerate it for at least 2-3 hours until it's well chilled. Chilling the mixture will make the sorbet freeze faster and help improve the texture.
  6. Churn the sorbet: Once the mixture is chilled, pour it into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you don't have an ice cream maker, you can pour the mixture into a shallow dish and place it in the freezer.
  7. Freeze the sorbet: If using an ice cream maker, the sorbet will have a soft-serve consistency when done. For a firmer texture, transfer the churned sorbet into an airtight container and freeze it for an additional 2-4 hours.
  8. Serve and enjoy: Once the sorbet is fully frozen, scoop it into bowls or cones, and enjoy the refreshing treat to beat the heat!

Recipe Notes

If the sorbet becomes too hard after freezing, let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before scooping and serving. You can also add a splash of alcohol (like vodka) to the mixture before freezing to help keep it from becoming too icy. However, if serving to children or those who avoid alcohol, it's best to skip this step.

 

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