Friday, August 12, 2011

Lemon-Lime Sorbet

Lemon-Lime Sorbet
I had a bowl of lemons and limes sitting on the counter with no plan for their use.  I think you know I have been on a lemon and lime kick for a while, so it's no surprise I had lemons and limes on hand.

What to do with them was the dilemma at hand.   The heat of the day helped me to make my decision.  A refreshing lemon-lime sorbet would both refresh and cool.

Sorbet or sherbet?  A sorbet differs from a sherbet in that it doesn't contain any dairy.  Around here we all know Del's Lemonade, a lemon flavored frozen sorbet type treat.  I wanted to make something similar.

Lemon-Lime Sorbet Ingredients
Lemon-Lime Sorbet
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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice
  • zest of 1 lemon

First, make a simple syrup by heating together two cups of sugar and two cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar.  You'll see the mixture go from cloudy to clear.  Remove it from the heat to cool.  Put in the refrigerator to chill or chill the pan in an ice bath.

Chill the Simple Syrup

Zest one lemon.  The tiny pieces of zest in the sorbet are delicious.

Zest One Lemon
Squeeze enough lemons and limes to render 1 cup of juice.  I used two lemons and three limes to get my one cup of lemon-lime juice.  I have an electric juicer that helps to make this an easy step in the process.

Squeeze the Lemons and Limes

When ready to make your sorbet, mix the lemon-lime juice and the simple syrup.  Pour the mixture into the base of your ice cream maker.  Follow the manufacturer's directions and churn the mixture until frozen.  After 40 minutes my sorbet was soft frozen and very tasty.

The 40 Minute Sorbet
I decided to scoop it into a plastic container for a couple of hours in my freezer.  Well, maybe only 90 minutes...I really couldn't wait to eat this.  After 90 minutes it was still a little soft.  The texture was lovely and the flavor had the sweet and sour taste I wanted.  This lemon-lime sorbet is delightful on a summer day.


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