Fruit sorbets are light and refreshing alternatives to ice cream. Because they are made with just fruit, sugar, and water, they are an excellent choice for people who want to reduce the fat in their diet without sacrificing frozen desserts. A great sorbet should taste as the fruit does at its absolute best, which means using either fresh fruit at its peak or fruit that is flash frozen just after being picked.
If you’ve never tried making your own fruit sorbet, give one of these recipes a try. They are all easy for beginners but flavorful enough for chefs of all calibers. Once you master the basics, think of adding some herbs such as mint or basil for unique creations.
The natural sweetness of blueberries makes for a tasty sorbet while their high level of antioxidants also makes for a nutritious dessert. The sorbet can be made with either fresh berries or frozen fruit, depending on what is available and affordable. A generous amount of berries is combined with a syrup of sugar, water, lemon juice, and salt. The mixture is pureed until smooth and then frozen until cold and somewhat firm.
Not all sorbets have to be supersweet. The tart and tangy citrus flavors of lemon and lime make a refreshing sorbet and a perfect palate cleanser after a rich dinner. Although this sorbet recipe can be made with just one flavor of fruit juice, combining the lemon and lime flavors brings more depth and interest to the dessert.
Mangoes are a tropical stone fruit that is native to the southern parts of Asia, although they can be commonly found in almost any supermarket. Because the flesh of a mango has a creamy texture, it gives the sorbet a great mouthfeel. Use a basic fruit sorbet recipe, calling for just sugar, water, and fruit, and substitute mango for cantaloupe. Or, if you don't mind adding dairy, try mango ice cream.
Although freshly squeezed orange juice is a great way to make sorbet, you can make the frozen dessert using a good brand of bottled orange juice. If you have a favorite brand of juice that you love to drink, it will naturally provide a pleasing flavor to your dessert. Simply make a sugar syrup, add the orange juice, and refrigerate until completely chilled. Stir in some Grand Marnier and freeze for a tasty sorbet with a special twist.
A ripe strawberry is such a sweet fruit to eat on its own, but that sweetness also makes it a wonderful addition to desserts. Plus, the strawberries also bring a vibrant red color to the sorbet. You can use frozen fruit when the berries aren’t in season, meaning strawberry sorbet is close at hand no matter what time of year it is. Pureed strawberries are combined with a syrup of sugar, cornstarch, and water and then frozen. The mixture is then blended in a food processor until smooth and creamy and then frozen again.