Having baked a good many cupcakes and pies in the last week, I thought it would be a refreshing change to make some sorbet.
To be fair, it was Z who had suggested the idea of an ice cream, a sorbet to be exact, and after eliminating our original idea of a mango sorbet due to the small matter that there were no mangoes on hand, we decided on a kiwifruit sorbet. Thankfully I had some golden ones stashed away in the fridge, waiting to be sacrificed for a good cause, and what better cause than a a cool, refreshing, icy sorbet to chase away the heat.
It’s besides the point that the sunny weather that had initially triggered the need for a refreshing dessert quickly turned into a torrentially rainy one during the course of preparing it. Nonetheless, the cool weather did not affect our enjoyment
A sorbet is generally classified as an ice-cream that contains a large percentage of fruits/fruit juices and no dairy (i.e. milk or eggs). Hence, it’s not just delicious and refreshing, its also low-fat. Surely the perfect thing for those sweltering afternoons, or even as a palate cleanser in between meals. The kiwi fruits shine in this sorbet – The aroma and flavour of this delicious, Vitamin C-packed fruit really comes through and the lemon heightens the natural zestyness and tangyness of the fruit, making it the refreshing dessert of choice. To top it all, its super easy to make.
All you need to do is to dissolve about a cup of sugar in 1.5 cups of water and cool it in the fridge. Meanwhile, squeeze out the juice of about 3 lemons and add the grated rind of a lemon to this juice. Peel and purée gently about 6 to 8 golden or normal kiwi fruits in a food processer or a blender. Then, mix the sugar syrup, lemon juice and pureéd kiwis well. All that’s left to do now is to churn it well in an ice cream maker and then freeze it in the freezer for a couple of hours.
If you do not own an ice-cream maker (I inherited one only very recently and up to now have been churning out my sorbets and ice creams the old fashioned way), do not fret. This sorbet can easily be made without the special gadgets. Once you have mixed up the sugar syrup and juices, pour the mixture into a container with a lid and freeze it for about an hour. Take it out and stir it to break up the icy mixture and then replace it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Your refreshing sorbet is ready to be enjoyed