Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts

How to Make Sorbet in a Blender

How to Make Sorbet in a Blender
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High powered blenders, like the Vitamix and Blendtec brands, are great for making all kinds of treats. Sorbet is generally made out of fruit or juice, water, and sugar. When you are using a blender to make it, just replace the water with ice. Add your favorite fruit, some sugar and acid, and blend until you have a creamy frozen treat.

This basic fruit sorbet recipe is great with any of your favorite fruits. It is wonderful with berries, peaches, mangos, and more. Fruits with soft, creamy flesh tend to make great blender sorbets because they have a naturally smooth texture. You can also mix and match with a cup of each of your favorite fruits, depending on what you have on hand.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh fruit, chopped
  • 4 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in the blender.
  2. Puree until smooth, using the tamper to push down ingredients or pausing to scrape down the sides of the container at least once.
  3. Serve immediately.

Tips:

  • When you make a recipe that is just highlighting one ingredient, make sure that ingredient shines. The fruit you choose should be sweet and ripe, so give it a taste before you start. Many fruits will continue to ripen on the counter, so better to wait a few days than to make bland desserts.
  • Don’t blend the sorbet for too long. Many high powered blenders also have a tendency to get warm if they are running for too long. It can start to heat up your food and lead to a soft, runny sorbet. Start with cold ingredients and keep it quick.
  • A typical blender may not be able to handle ice creams and sorbets, but you can always try a food processor. You may not get as smooth of a result, but it might be able to better handle the ice than other options. Food processors are also great for making sorbet out of frozen fruit.
  • Superfine sugar has smaller crystals than typical granulated sugar, so it produces a smoother finished product. If you don’t have it, try macerating your fruit first. Just chop the fruit and toss it with the sugar. Let that sit for at least 15 minutes. The sugar will pull some of the juice from the fruit and form a syrup, helping the sugar to dissolve more evenly into the finished product.

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