Sorbet is a mixture of fruit, sugar, and water that is churned and frozen in an ice cream maker or stirred and frozen in a shallow dish. Giving the finished sorbet a smooth, yet dense texture. It does not hold a lot of air the way dairy-based frozen desserts do. Sorbet may also include a small amount of alcohol, which improves the texture of the finished product. The alcohol lowers the freezing point of a mixture, so the sorbet stays a little softer when stored in the freezer.
Sorbet is commonly known as a dessert, but in more formal meals it can also be served as a palate cleanser. This is a small course that is served to remove any lingering flavors before the next course is served. Lemon, lime, or mint sorbet are traditionaly served for this course.
Lemon Lime Sorbet
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 -1 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup lemon juice about 4
- 1/2 cup lime juice about 4
- Zest of one small lemon and one lime
In a saucepan bring the water and sugar to a boil over moderate heat, stirring only until the sugar dissolves and cook for about 5 minutes. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature.
Mix the lemon and lime juice with the cooled simple sugar syrup and pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to shallow container, cover with plastic wrap or parchment paper and freeze. Citrus sorbets place in the freezer for thirty minutes to an hour after you freeze it in your ice cream maker, and it will be the perfect consistency.
Variation: If you do not have an ice cream freeze, place in a shallow container and stir every 15 minutes breaking up all of the forming ice crystals and continue to freeze until frozen and smooth, about 2 to 3 hours.
*Try Meyer lemons or Key limes instead of regular lemons and limes for a great variation. Their flavor is slightly different
Orange Sorbet – This orange sorbet recipe has a tablespoon of Grand Mariner added to the juice, sugar, and water to improve the texture and add another layer of orange flavor.
Great idea for serving any citrus sorbet or sherbet.