Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Easy Recipe: Raspberry and Mint Sorbet

homemade Raspberry and Mint Sorbet Recipe Gelato Icecream

The sun is shining once again and it almost feels that summer is here again after all the rain we've had. Today I've got such a simple but delicious recipe for you. If you are after a super fresh dessert for a special menu or a little treat for your family then this one is a beauty.  I made this sorbet for our Christmas Eve dinner. I needed a fresh cool dessert that wasn't too filling as it was a hot day and we had a big main course planned. I didn't have much in the house and didn't feel like braving the shops. I realised that I had a bag of frozen berries in the fridge so started making the sorbet. As I was walking out to our back shed to get the ice cream churn, I walked past the mint pot that had gone crazy in the warm weather and thought that the addition of mint would really make the sorbet a little extra special and it would balance the sweetness of the berries. I was right!

My own recipe for home made Raspberry and Mint Sorbet

homemade Raspberry and Mint Sorbet Recipe Gelato Icecream

Ice creams, gelato and sorbets are actually very easy to make, especially if you have an ice cream maker. I have the ice cream maker attachment that came free with my KitchenAid mixer (a promotion years ago). It's one of those things that I don't use too often, perhaps 7-8 times a year but whenever I do use it, I love it. I also lend it to friends a lot as it's one of those things that you don't all need to own one. Our neighbourhood has several communal things like this - which is great when you don't have a lot of storage space and need things occasionally - long ladders, whipper snippers, tools and the odd kitchen appliance.

homemade Raspberry and Mint Sorbet Recipe Gelato Icecream

My Home Made Berry and Mint Sorbet

1 kilo bag of frozen berries*
2 cups of water
1 cup of sugar
1 handful of mint
  1. Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil over medium to high heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves and the syrup is clear (this will take about a minute).
  2. Put the frozen berries, syrup (doesn't matter if it's still hot) and mint leaves into a food processor  blender or even use a Bamix in a bowl. Blend until you have a smooth mixture. Add more water if required. You want to get it to a point that it is a thick runny mixture a bit like custard.
  3. Pour into an ice cream maker and use as the ice cream makers instructions*
  4. Transfer to a freezer safe container and freeze until firm (as least 3 hours before serving*) 
homemade Raspberry and Mint Sorbet Recipe Gelato Icecream


Recipe Notes:

* Use any berries - I used mainly raspberries but added about a cup of Sara Lea Mixed Berries also. You can use fresh berries but it makes it so much more expensive.
* If you don't have an icecream maker you can always make it by hand - Place the berries/syrup mixture in a shallow panPlace the uncovered pan in the freezer. Every hour for about 4 hours, mix it all up with a fork, smooth down, and return to the freezer. When the sorbet is uniformly icy (like a slushy drink), you can purée it again in a food processor or using a hand blender; then serve.
Sorbet should be ready to serve about 3 to 6 hours after you first freeze it. Waiting a couple of hours beyond that will solidify it beyond easy scooping. If it's too hard, allow your sorbet to soften slightly at room temperature; this will only take about 10 minutes.

homemade Raspberry and Mint Sorbet Recipe Gelato Icecream

Perfect for cleansing the palette!

Enjoy
Fiona xx


homemade Raspberry and Mint Sorbet Recipe Gelato Icecream

12 comments:

  1. Where can I get that aqua bowl??? My want it!!!
    Please ;O)
    Tania xx

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  2. looks great fiona i think i will try this-love dee x

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  3. YUM! I've been thinking about getting an ice cream maker actually. Might look into it, been making an easy home made ice cream here lately (whip cream and condensed milk and add whatever you like, usually Oreo Cookies). The consistency is ok but not awesome and I think the ice cream churn would help.

    Now, that spoon...I have a set like that which I inherited from my late mother in law. Do you know what they are called? They remind me of scallop shells!

    xx Karen

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  4. It's looks Delicious!! I love your food styling, your photography and those bowls! I am going to give this a try - our mint plant has gone mad also.
    Fiona - is there anything you can't do?
    all the best
    Cheryl

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    1. oh Cheryl - so so much I can't do! but i'm working on it...LOL.
      thanks xx

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  5. I love your recipes. This looks very yummy.
    thanks Karen

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    1. thanks Karen, let me know if you try it
      cheers Fiona

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  6. That looks so good in your bowls.
    Ness xx

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    1. hi Caroline! yes I'll treasure these bowls and the memory of our fun weekend together. miss you guys
      Fiona xx

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