Sunday, July 20, 2008

Watermelon Sorbet

A friend of mine told me that watermelon sorbet was a wonderful invention. I, on the other hand, had never even considered watermelon in anything but fruit salad, or sliced and served plain. So with his rave review, and summertime meaning an abundance of watermelon in the supermarket, I decided to try it out.

It was SO easy to make. I made a simple syrup by boiling equal parts sugar and water, then pureed cubes of watermelon, and combined all that with a little fresh lemon juice. Off it went into the ice cream maker, and half an hour later, voila, watermelon sorbet.

Watermelon Sorbet
Recipe from
Makes 1 1/2 quarts to serve 12.

8 cups cubed (1 inch) watermelon, seeds and rind discarded
1 cup Simple Sugar Syrup (see recipe below)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Puree the watermelon cubes in a food processor. Measure 4 cups of the puree and place in a bowl. Add the Simple Sugar Syrup and lemon juice and stir well. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Simple Sugar Syrup
Recipe from
Makes 2 1/2 cups.

2 cups sugar
2 cups water

Place the sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool syrup to room temperature. Use immediately or refrigerate indefinitely in a covered container until needed.

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Seanathan said...

You bringing some over for my bday?

Deetsa said...

Ooh lah! My mouth is watering for some of that refreshing-looking sorbet. I love good sweet watermelon when it's cold out of the fridge so this would be a perfect dessert for me.

Hi BTW, I found you through Joe's site, Culinary in the Country. I'll enjoy looking through your blog.

Marni said...

Seanathan - is your middle name Jonathan by any chance? i guess we'll have to do a raincheck on the birthday sorbet. ya know, belated birthday sorbet is available 364 days a year!

nerissa - this sorbet is reallllly refreshing, just like slices of watermelon at a picnic. and so nice to meet you! always fun to find out how visitors happen upon my blog. :)

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