The strawberries are starting to slow and that makes me sad but I did love having them while they were here. He brought in one more rather large harvest and I had to do something with them. They just don’t last that long. I didn’t have enough for another batch of syrup and I have plenty of jam so my thoughts turned to a cold treat – sorbet. It’s a favorite around here and it has been hot as all heck lately so I knew it would be appreciated.
I decided to add a bit of lemon to kick it up a little. The hubby loves tart flavors so I knew he would enjoy the addition. I ended up with a truly yummy, intensely flavored treat. Both the strawberry and the lemon come through and you don’t need to eat a lot of this to be satisfied. It is not overly sweet and I suspect it would be more appreciated by adults than children.
I had read somewhere that adding corn syrup to sorbets would make them smoother and less likely to crystallize. I didn’t want to add corn syrup so I got to thinking and decided to try adding honey thinking that it had a similar constancy. I’m happy to report that it worked! There is no underlying honey flavor yet the sorbet is very smooth with no ice crystals. Hooray!
Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet
Makes enough for a 1 quart Ice Cream Machine
4 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and cut into chunks
juice of two lemons
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup honey
zest of one lemon
Add all of the ingredients to a large pot or glass bowl. Stir until the honey and sugar dissolve. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender puree in a blender in small batches until you have a smooth, lump free liquid. Chill for at least an hour. Add to your ice cream maker and process per its instructions.
When it has finished the cycle place the sorbet in a freezer safe container and freeze until solid.
As you can read this was simple to make. The hardest part was hulling the strawberries! We had some last night and really enjoyed it. As I mentioned above, it has strong, bright flavors with both the strawberry and lemon coming through. I’m going to try this using some of the cherries I have been pitting. It’s a perfect treat on a hot summer day!