Sorbets are just posh frozen flavoured ice, yet you would think from reading cookbooks that they are some kind of delicacy and, therefore, almost impossible to make at home. But that’s not true: we all made fruit lollies as children and a sorbet is an adult version of that. Here’s a recipe to get you started.
300ml fresh orange juice
100g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Place the orange juice and sugar in a saucepan over a low heat. When the sugar melts, turn the heat to high and bring the mixture to the boil. Cook until the sugar has dissolved. Turn the heat off, add the vanilla extract and stir. Cool the syrup completely. Then, either pour the syrup into an ice cream machine and churn until frozen, or pour it into a freezer container and freeze for a couple of hours – you need to remove the container every hour and use a fork to break up the crystals in the sorbet so that it will have a smooth texture.
Sorbet Recipe variations
– Add a cinnamon stick or 2 star anise bulbs or the seeds of 2 cardamom pods to the orange juice and sugar before you heat it. Strain the syrup. Omit the vanilla extract in the recipe above if you are adding these ingredients.
– To make Orange and Lime Sorbet, replace 40ml of the orange juice with fresh lime juice and add 1/2 teaspoon of lime zest to the saucepan.
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