Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Lemon sorbet...Oh, how I love you so... So delicious, refreshing, and...totally not appropriate for late winter, even if I live in South Florida and it is unseasonably warm.
Ha! As if I were ever concerned with the appropriateness of a frozen treat! And, frankly, neither should you.
I've mentioned before how much I love lemon sorbet. With as much as I adore it, I'm not exactly sure why I've never made it. I managed to score a huge bag of lemons for a sweet price and I knew I wanted to use them for some lemon sorbet. But, who wants to squeeze a huge bag of lemons when all you need is one cup of juice?
[Also, obsessive-compulsive much with the zesting, Sunshine? No, not at all. Of course, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't annoyed that I missed some spots... If you, too, want to be OCD with your zesting, get thee to a microplane zester (affiliate link) immediately!]
However, when a friend mentioned a fierce (like, "Babe, I know it's 2 AM, but can you go to the store and get me some?" - fierce) craving, it was just the push I needed and I jumped on the chance to make some for the both of us.
I followed the recipe from David Lebovitz's book, The Perfect Scoop (affiliate link), and found it perfect as, so I'll just direct you to the book for the recipe (although, if you search for it online, you'll find it). The method is very simple, though. Essentially, you're making a simple syrup with sugar, water, and lemon zest. Once it is thoroughly chilled, you combine the simple syrup with some lemon juice and then churn it.
The sorbet was almost perfect - just as cool and refreshing, but with a strong kick of lemon, as you'd expect. I say almost because I found the lemon zest to be somewhat of a nuisance, so keep that in mind if you like your sorbet to be super smooth.
Also, how cute are those lemon cups? Awesome thrift store find!
I just love the lighting in the photo above. I took the picture to show y'all that the sorbet freezes kind of wonky. The lighting was bad and I wasn't expecting anything, but instead, I got a wonderful shot.