Saturday, July 25, 2009

Honeydew Lime Sorbet

It seems like there are four distinct types of dessert people in the world: Chocolate, Vanilla, Fruit, and the people who claim to not enjoy sweets - which really, I can't even get my mind around. The anti-dessert people make as much sense to me as my friend and guestblogger Scott who despises a vast array of perfectly delicious sweet treats. The short list includes: flan, rice pudding, upside-down cakes, and hot fruit...there's really not enough time or sanity available to even broach the subject of his feelings about pineapple and bananas.

I'm a fruit person, no question, and in the summertime there's nothing better than lime in just about anything. I love the frosty green color of this sorbet. The flavor is reminiscent of limeade but more complex because of the mild melon.

For about a quart of sorbet:
  • 4 cups of chunked honeydew melon
  • ¼ cup of cold water
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup Simple Syrup*
  • 2 tablespoons vodka
In a food processor, add the honeydew and water. Process for about a minute until very smooth. Pour the mixture through a sieve and measure out 2 cups of puree. Grate the zest of the lime into the puree and then juice the entire lime into the mixture as well. Stir in the simple syrup. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Place the mixture in an ice cream maker and let it do it's thing. Towards the end, when the sorbet is almost done, pour in the vodka while the machine is running. The alcohol keeps the sorbet from freezing into a solid block. Transfer to a quart-sized container and freeze.

*For simple syrup, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil for a few minutes. Cool, and then transfer to an covered container and refrigerate until ready to use. Will keep, chilled, for several weeks.


alita said...

WAIT - can 1 person be all 4 types of dessert person? That's me! This sounds/looks refreshing!

Scott Rohr said...

Yes, refreshing. Soooo refreshing. Num.

Eric said...

Pretty. Delicious. A winner.

Hilary said...

You make the most delicious-looking slushy things! I'm vanilla, except for summer when I'm fruit.