Sorbet is the perfect summer dessert when you want something a little sweet, but not too filling, that will cool you off on a hot summer's night.
There are two ingredients you need for sorbet -- Fruit and Sugar. That's it. And, nope, you don't need an ice cream machine either!
A couple of things to remember when making sorbet:
- Sugar -- you can use honey or granulated sugar, but I'd stay away from sugar substitutes.
- It may seem like you're using an excessive amount of sugar, but there are 2 reasons for that: 1. cold dulls the taste, so that's why you always want to err on the "too sweet" side and 2. Sugar helps the sorbet be scoopable (I think that's a word, right?), and less icy. You don't want sorbet with a bunch of ice chunks in it, so sugar is important.
- Don't think you have to just stick with a fruit + sugar. Fun add-ins are fresh herbs like mint or tarragon, you can make it boozy and add in tequila, brighten it up with lemon or lime juice, to make it creamier you can stir in yogurt -- so be creative!
And, before you get to the recipe, don't forget to TASTE. Taste as you go to create the flavor YOU like the best.
For even more inspiration this Food52 blog post has even more creative ideas to make sorbet.