Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Sorbet Season!

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While this summer in San Francisco has hardly been warm, we've still had a lot of beautiful fruit readily available to us. I love a good Farmers Market & I try to go to Heart of the City Farmers Market weekly. The prices are incredible, I can often stock my home with fruits & vegetables for under $10.

The arrival of an Ice Cream Maker & the large stock of fruit around my home has yielded a wonderful thing; SORBET! I'm not normally a fruit dessert kind of gal, but sorbet is so tasty & guilt free, I consider it a post-dinner refreshment!

It all started with the Lemon Sorbet I blogged about previously, it was so simple & delicious, I was instantly hooked!

My second attempt was a Peach Sorbet, with a mix of white & yellow peaches from a local farm. It was light & delicious, I'll definitely be making this again in the near future!

Next, I made a Cantaloupe Sorbet, mainly for myself, as my other taste testers aren't fans of melon. It was mild & refreshing not too sweet, but not bland either. I think there's serious potential in melons for sorbet.

Due to having a husband who would eat peanut butter in any capacity, some gelato snuck it's way in! I made him a Peanut Butter Gelato with THIS recipe, but used part light coconut milk, part vanilla soy milk. I also added a pinch of cinnamon & a bit of melted chocolate for and extra kick! It was creamy & light, but I feel like the nutty flavor could stand out more. I'll be trying this one again with more peanut butter.

I was given a sample of Asian Pear at the Farmers Market & they were so sweet & crunchy I had to buy some! They translated well to a sorbet, although the texture was a bit gritty. Luckily, the flavor of the sorbet was so gorgeous, the texture was hardly an issue. I think this could be great for a dinner party, a fun way to serve something a bit untraditional.

Some oranges had been sitting around the house, so I decided we needed another round of sorbet tonight! The Orange Sorbet was amazingly good, although I may have put a bit too much juice in it, as it didn't all want to freeze & melted quickly. From what I can tell, fruits with texture seem to work better than pure fruit juice.

What I love about sorbet is the ease of making it, many times I don't plan these ahead, I just decide before dinner to make it & prep it right before I cook. Once we're eating, I pour everything in to the ice cream maker & it's done by the time we've cleaned our plates!

a Basic Sorbet
Fruit of your choice (2 to 3 whole fruits, half a melon or large fruit, or 5 or so smaller fruits such as lemons, a handful or two of berries)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 to 1 lemon

In a small pot, heat 1/2 cup of water & 1/4 cup of sugar until the sugar dissolves.
Remove from the heat & let it cool for a bit.

Wash, peel, cut, & puree the fruits of your choice in a food processor. (If using berries, strain the seeds, if desired.)

Pour the water-sugar mixture in to the pureed fruit, stir.

Squeeze the juice of half a lemon in to your mixture, stir.

Taste your mixture, it should be quite sweet, if not "too sweet".
Add more lemon, if needed.

Once the mixture is to your taste, put it in the refrigerator for at least an hour, until it is cool. (You can skip this, but the sorbet will take longer to form & the results may not be as desired.)

Pour the mixture in to your ice cream maker & follow the manufacturers instructions.

This yields 4 small servings or 2 average servings.

My Notes:
It's all about experimenting with combinations & your personal taste. I like to use less sugar & put in additional lemon juice for sweetness, but many people use equal amount of water & sugar. Lemon also helps bring out flavor in the milder fruits, such as melon, so even if you make yours with more sugar, it's still a good idea to add a tablespoon of lemon juice. On the other hand, if you put too little sugar, the sorbet may be icy. Ice Cream Makers produce a soft serve sort of frozen dessert. A great way to firm up your sorbet is to move it to a storage container & put it in the freezer. Some sorbets tend to get icy or chunky if frozen, if this happens, leave it out to thaw a bit before eating. Enjoy!

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Jeannine said...

Oh my. I wonder if it's too early in the morning to make peanut butter gelato?

I have an ice cream maker that is, sadly, under-utilized. With your basic sorbet recipe maybe I can change that.

Also wondering if, in the melon recipe, you could sub lime juice for lemon?

springsandwells said...

oh awesome!
I love all the sorbet recipes... and of course the Peanut Butter gelato! Melon flavors are a true standard at any Italian gelateria, and they are one of my boyfriend's favorites! I think I'll try my hand at making some. Good tip.

Also, I love the idea of a brunch potluck. How rockin! Because brunch is the most superior meal. Maybe we should have a bay area blogger day & meet up one day. :)


Vegan_Noodle said...

Yay for sorbet!! Those all look so refreshing and wonderful. Asian pear, how original! May have to look into getting an ice cream maker...

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Jeannine- It's never too early for PB gelato! hehe.

Try the sorbet, it's SO fun.

Lime juice should be fine! I've actually used key limes when I didn't have lemons & it worked.

Amey- The melon sorbets are awesome. The texture of melon is so perfect for sorbet, it freezes fast!
I would *adore* a bay area blogger potluck! That would be AWESOME!

vegan_noodle- A basic ice cream maker is $40, so worth it! The sorbets have been curbing my sweets cravings & they're so lo-cal!

springsandwells said...

I made some melon sorbetto the other night using your recipe... LOVED IT. Right on. I'm planning to make some more tomorrow too. I might even try some apple sorbet. I wonder what it will be like!

Let's organize our Bay Area brunch sometime! :)
:) amey

Amy said...

Awesome! I decided not to get an ice-cream maker - I'd be the size of a house in a week.

But your gelato might change my mind!

Anonymous said...

great recipes, thanks!!

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

thanks for the recipes and ideas! i so want a ice cream maker. maybe someday soon. awesome blog!

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness you've been making lots and lots of sorbet! everything looks nice! i will give some a try!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Amey- I've been wanting to make apple sorbet too, but I keep eating all the apples!
I am SO ready for the bay area potluck!

Amy- the Sorbet is super lo-cal, you won't be the size of a house.. unless you move on to ice creams & gelato!

Thanks johanna3!

ppvegan- Thanks so much! Ice cream makers are inexpensive at Target or on Amazon!

stonie- I'm lovin' it so much, I can't stop! hehe.

Tim said...

Good Job! :)

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