Blood Orange and Maple Sorbet

I’ve always really enjoyed sorbet, its like an adult version of your childhood ice block. I remember back in the days, before I knew how to make it myself I would always get at least one scoop of sorbet when we were at the beach having ice cream. Then one year, I went on a bit of an ice cream making streak at home. I bought myself a pretty decent ice cream churner and started learning how to make ice cream. This is when I figured it all out. Sorbet is super easy! Its nowhere near as hard to make as ice cream, for ice cream first you need to cook up some custard, then you have to churn it. With sorbet, you don’t even need a churner, you just need a blender or a mixer!

So, here we go, this is all it takes to make sorbet. You can pretty much replace the blood orange juice with any other flavour, also I didn’t use any sugar in this recipe as the maple syrup was sweet enough but if you want to make a standard non honey or maple syrup sorbet, you can just replace it with sugar on a scale of one cup of water to one cup of sugar or less if you prefer your sorbet more fruity or less sweet. I’ve done one cup or water to one third of a cup of sugar in the past for certain friends and family members who had a much more savoury palette.

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Blood Orange and Maple Sorbet

(20 minutes + rest time, makes 750mls)

Ingredients

½ maple syrup (real or imitation)

½ cup blood orange juice

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon vodka (optional – for texture)

1 cup water

2 egg whites

Method

  1. In a pot over medium heat, combine your maple syrup, blood orange juice, lemon juice, vodka and water.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and remove from heat
  3. Place your mixture into a container and freeze overnight
  4. The following day, place your frozen blood orange mixture and the two egg whites into a mixture and blend until it becomes a sorbet/slushy consistence
  5. Serve or place back into the freeze for the mixture of solidify slightly

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Yup, that is all it takes to make some delicious sorbet. You can pretty much experiment with this recipe however you like as well, if you want chocolate sorbet, just replace the blood orange juice with cocoa powder, I’ve even used this recipe to make avocado sorbet. You just need to make the sugar syrup first but boiling the water and sugar until it dissolved and then mix in some mushed up avocado. So have fun experimenting.

Thanks Liz Posmyk from Good Things & Redbelly Citrus.

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