Sorbet Two Ways

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dairy free, quick-n-easy
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Yield: about 1 quart sorbet

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Sorbet, a simple frozen mixture of fruit, water, and sugar, is easily made with the help of an ice cream maker. And it's nearly as easy when you simply pour the fruit/sugar purée into a pan and freeze it, stirring every hour or so. Whatever your technique, the result is a smooth, flavorful treat.

Sorbet Two Ways

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dairy free, quick-n-easy
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Yield: about 1 quart sorbet
Published: 06/04/2010


  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • about 3 3/4 cups prepared fruit
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon, lime, or orange juice


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1) Combine the water and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer for 5 minutes, without stirring. Remove the syrup from the heat, pour it into a bowl, and set in the refrigerator to cool.

2) When the syrup is cool, select your fruit. For apple-pear-kiwi sorbet (pictured above), use about 2 large Granny Smith apples; 1 large, ripe pear; and 2 to 3 ripe kiwi fruits. For peach (also pictured above), use 1 pound peeled, sliced peaches; plain frozen are fine, but avoid frozen in syrup. Or try 1 pound of frozen raspberries (plain, not in syrup).

2) If you're making apple/pear/kiwi sorbet, peel the fruit, slice it, and microwave it till soft. Peel the kiwis, and cut them into chunks, if necessary.

4) Place the fruit in the work bowl of a food processor. Process until fairly smooth, but not puréed.

5) Add the syrup and lemon juice, and pulse briefly, just to combine.

6) Chill for 1 hour, or until refrigerator-cold. Overnight is fine.

7) To make the sorbet in an ice cream maker: Pour the fruit mixture into the bowl of the ice cream maker, and proceed according to the manufacturer's directions. Serve immediately, or "ripen" it for a couple of hours in the freezer to firm it up, if desired.

8) To make the sorbet in the freezer: Place the mixture in a shallow pan; an 8" x 8" square pan or 9" round cake pan are both good choices. Place the pan in the freezer. There's no need to cover it.

9) After 2 hours, use a fork or spoon to stir the slushy mixture around, bringing the frozen edges into the center. Return to the freezer.

10) Continue to stir every hour or so, until the sorbet is nearly as firm as you like. This may be as little as 4 hours total, start to finish; or it may take longer, depending on the temperature of your freezer.

11) When the sorbet is uniformly icy (like a fairly solid slush drink), you can purée it in a food processor or using a hand blender, if you like; this will make a "creamier" sorbet. Place in a bowl, cover, and return to the freezer.

12) Sorbet should be ready to serve about 4 to 6 hours after you first put it into the freezer. Waiting a couple of hours beyond that will solidify it beyond scoopable. To serve beyond that window, allow sorbet to soften slightly at room temperature; this will only take about 10 minutes. Scoop into dishes and serve.

Yield: about 1 quart sorbet.


  • star rating 07/03/2012
  • dryneth from KAF Community
  • Sooo easy and so delicious! I made blackberry/raspberry and swirled it into vanilla bean ice cream, which was fantastic--but the sorbet is great on its own, too. Will definitely be making lots of sorbet this summer with this very versatile recipe!
  • star rating 06/25/2010
  • Linda from Avon, CT
  • As mentioned in the recipe, the sorbet was really hard the following day. A friend suggested replacing part of the sugar with light corn syrup to maintain a better consistency (and/or add a tablespoon of kirsch or other appropriate liquor). Would either of these suggestions improve the texture?
    Alchol or the light corn syrup will work to keep your sorbet softer longer. JMD @ KAF
  • star rating 06/23/2010
  • Elizabeth H. from St. Louis, MO
  • Lovely fresh fruit flavor. I used plums and peaches and it tastes SO summery!
  • star rating 06/08/2010
  • kristin from canada
  • Such a great basic recipe! I used fresh cherries and frozen strawberries and it turned out really well! I'll definitely keep it in my recipe box since I can sub in any fruit available. Thanks!

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