Monday, September 9, 2013

Watermelon Sorbet

Yummy note: Need a cold treat that isn't too sugary or sweet but tastes awesome! Not to mention it seems to be a hit with everyone? Watermelon sorbet is it! This dessert is a dairy-free, light and refreshing frosty treat. This watermelon sorbet also would work like a palate cleanser too as this sorbet is such a nice way to finish off a meal and it is pretty light. If you have a bunch of watermelon and need to use it up in different ways other than a fruit salad this is perfect. For an adult version, perhaps add in a little vodka to the watermelon mixture or make a cool cocktail.

Watermelon Sorbet

3 cups watermelon, diced and seeds removed
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water 
1/4 cup lime or lemon juice 
Chocolate chips, optional
Salt, optional
Watermelon rind, optional for presentation purposes

Make simple syrup using the water and sugar. Do that by cooking the sugar, water, and juice together in a small saucepan. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove simple syrup from the heat and cool. 

Prepare watermelon. Cut into cubes and remove the seeds (or use seedless watermelon which saves some time.)  Place watermelon in blender or food processor and process until smooth. Stir this into the chilled simple syrup. Cool the mixture if you wish, or pour directly into your ice ream maker. Process according to the ice cream maker instructions. My Cuisinart ice cream maker took bout 35-45 minutes of churning before it became scoop-able.  

You could also use this recipe without an ice cream maker by pouring the mixture into a shallow metal pan and freeing it. Every 30 minutes or so stir in the ice crystals that forming on the sides of the pan into the center. Repeat this process until the liquid all becomes icy and frozen. 

Serve with chocolate chips tossed on top to look like seeds for fun or sprinkle with a little sugar. You could also freeze it in the watermelon rind and serve it in a fun way. If you are one of those "need salt on watermelon" people, yes, you know who you are, haha.. This actually tastes pretty awesome with a sprinkle of salt, which brings out the intense watermelon flavor.

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