Lemon Sorbet

Happy 2011 everyone! Thank you for all your wishes- we wish all of you the very best for this year as well. Rest assured we are still here and read all your comments with much appreciation, though we have not been as good with replying comments and visiting your lovely blogs. :( We have been quite snowed under, but we’re so glad that you are all still here to share in our excitement about food, and we hope you will come along with us on our journey this year, which will definitely be filled with more honeyandsoy goodness! :)

So how did everyone spend their holidays? Soy and I had a fantastic time in Melbourne over Xmas and New Year’s, enjoying good food, brilliant company, and the beautiful Victorian landscape. We’ll share more of our adventures very soon… but we wanted to share with you one of the first things we made in 2011 with our friends, SM and J. It was 40°C on New Year’s eve in Melbourne. If I ever imagined what it would be like to be a cake in a fan forced oven, that would have been it. SM and J wanted to christen their new ice-cream maker and with the heat, we automatically thought of making a sorbet rather than a dairy ice-cream. That, and Soy had pilfered plucked some massive fresh lemons from the property we stayed in on the Tooronga river, so a refreshing, tangy lemon sorbet was soon on its way!

I am one of those people who will purposely avoid something if they are extremely hyped up, and smart phones are one of them. but I have succumbed and I am not regretting it one bit, as I was happily looking through recipes in the car on the way home.

I combined a number of recipes according to what I felt would work best (and most quickly) and I am really happy with the recipe! It was also really easy to put together- a very important point when you are parched and wanting something refreshing right away. We decided to leave some lemon rind in the sorbet rather than sieve them out, but if you prefer your sorbet without the rind, please do. I liked having the chewy slivers just for the difference in texture.

This is a flavour-packed sorbet! So, just a small amount will make you very satisfied, as we were. And it was very very lemony and very refreshing. We all thought it could have been a tad less sweet, so in the recipe, I have already reduced the amount of sugar. Now that we are back in Canberra, Soy and I have been itching to take out our ice-cream maker and make more sorbets and ice-cream! Can you guess what flavour we will be making first? It’s one of our most-favourite things! ;)

Lemon Sorbet

250ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

250ml water

rind from 2 lemons- thinly sliced if leaving in the sorbet

250g sugar

1 egg white (this helps to make the consistency of the sorbet smooth)

Combine the water, sugar and lemon rind in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture over medium heat just until all the sugar dissolves. Leave to cool.

Add the lemon juice.

Beat eggwhite til stiff peaks form, then fold carefully into the mixture. Sieve out the lemon rind now if you prefer your sorbet without the rind.

Chill the mixture in the refrigerator and make your sorbet according to your ice-cream maker’s instructions.

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  • http://applesundermybed.blogspot.com Heidi – Apples Under My Bed

    Oooh my absolute favourite!! I cannot wait to make some. I love the tang. Happy New Year to you two. What a lovely recipe to start off 2011.
    Heidi xo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    That looks perfect! And yes lemon is so lovely and refreshing on a hot summer’s day! :D Happy New Year Honey and Soy! :D

  • http://darjeelingdreams.blogspot.com/ Indie.tea

    I’m so jealous – that you have warm weather for New Year!
    But the lemon sorbet looks delicious. Luckily, we have great lemons this time of year :)

  • http://twitter.com/IronChefShellie Iron Chef Shellie

    mmmmmm so trying this in my new ice cream maker! <3 lemon sorbet! looks great! x

  • http://grabyourfork.blogspot.com Helen (grabyourfork)

    This looks so refreshing! I find that sometimes lemon sorbet can be so sour you end up with a twitch. lol. Yours sounds perfect! Such an easy recipe ratio to remember too!

  • Lollcakes

    Lemon sorbet is one of my favorite things. Looks delicious!

  • Anonymous

    Winner! We’re facing more stinking hot weather in Perth this week. I’ll have to pilfer some lemons off Mum’s tree and whip the family up some cool sorbet in return. Looks delightful!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Hmm it’s going to be rainy over on this side- dunno if I’d prefer rain or some warmth! I hope you love the sorbet!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Thanks Loll! Yes, it’s so refreshing and brilliant on a hot day!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Thanks Heidi! We really should make the most of summer and make as much sorbet and ice-cream as possible ;)

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Yes, it was lovely, Faith!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Ooh! Can’t wait to see what sorbet you made!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Hahaha.. good one, Hannah! But no… not macaron ice-cream! And the cold weather has now turned to rain. How depressing!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Thanks Lorraine! I do want more summer weather though!! :)

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Well the warm weather didn’t really stick around! But I have hopes that it will be warm again, and how lucky that you have great lemons!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Congrats on your new ice-cream maker! Can’t wait to see what you’re going to make!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Hahaha I totally had a visual re. a twitch from lemon sorbet- I know what you mean! This one was quite balanced so no twitches, thankfully!