Thursday, July 9, 2009

Pomegranate Apple Sorbet

Ice cream is one of those things I've loved ALL my life! (no, really, I was 2 months old when I first ate ice cream, ask my parents).. But I discovered sorbet only when I was 15 on a trip to France. Needless to say, I was hooked! Not to mention extremely upset for a while, when I realized that not many people even knew what sorbet was in my part of the world. Until I realized how easy it is to make, that is! I LOVE how cold, sweet and refreshingly tart good sorbets are... And I must confess, I tend to get a bit carried away when it comes to the tartness. So feel free to scale down on the quantities of lemon/lime/sugar that I've used....

You will need - Apples (I like using equal numbers of Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples), lime/lemon (depending on which is available), pomegranate, sugar, water. Simple, isn't it? :)

O.K., to get started, peel, core and dice the apples (medium-fine dice should do) Then in a saucepan, add the apples, sugar, juice and zest of the lime/lemon. Let the whole thing come to a boil, then lower the flame so that it simmers until its reduced by a third and the apples are tender. Let it cool.

In the meanwhile, you need to extract juice from the pomegranate. Either blend and strain or just use a juicer. Or, if you're pressed for time like me, cheat!

This is one of my favorite brands of pomegranate juice (read one of the ONLY brands of pomegranate juice available). And its SO much easier to just use this :) It tastes great too! Of course, it isn't anywhere close to as good as the real thing (according to the carton, only 33% of the whole thing is real juice), but it'll do for now... If you can take the time out to make fresh juice though, I would highly recommend you do so!

Measure out the juice while the apple/sugar/lime mixture cools. Once cool, blend all ingredients together. Strain using a strainer with not-too-fine holes. I used this colander type thing i found in the kitchen. It worked really well, because it kept most of the pulp in but took out all the unmanageable pieces.

Pour the mixture into a tray, and stick it in the freezer. Every 20 minutes, Take a fork and scratch up the whole thing, so there aren't any hard frozen lumps. Once you think its reached the right consistency, you can transfer the sorbet to tubs and freeze. I know it looks terrible now, but just wait until its done!!

Defrost for a few minutes before serving, so that the sorbet gets to a scoopable (yes thats a new word I invented :) consistency. Serve garnished with a sprig of mint/slice of lemon.
If frozen, it should last about 2 days I think. Sadly, I can't tell you if it'll keep any longer because whenever I've made it, 2 days is the longest its gone without everyone eating it up!
Oh and before I forget, if you really like mint, try add a few mint leaves chopped up/chiffonaded to the sorbet mixture just before freezing.



Apples - 2 (1 Granny Smith, 1 Red Delicious)
Lime/Lemon - 1 (Juice and zest)
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Pomegranate Juice - 3/4 cup
Water - 1/2 cup

Peel, core and dice apples. In a pan, add the apples, water, sugar, lime/lemon juice and zest. Bring to a boil. Lower top a simmer and let the mixture cook until  the liquid has reduced by 1/3rd and apples are tender.
Let the mixture cool, add the pomegranate juice and blend well. Strain through a course sieve so that a decent amount of pulp is retained.
Pour into a tray. Freeze. Every 20 minutes, scratch the mixture up using a fork. Once it has reached desired consistency, either serve the sorbet, or transfer to tubs and freeze.


The Purple Foodie said...

AWESOMENESS! I was thinking of using grenadine with strawberry for that deep red colour. But then I'd have to buy an expensive bottle and not know what to do with the rest of it!

raj said...

@purple foodie - thats a really good idea!! i was hoping it would turn out much brighter. but it tasted so good that i decided to leave well alone.

layeah said...

I just twisted your sorbet and made a version. My husband is VERY worried that it wont last till when he comes back from night duty. :)

Mine turned out a beautiful shade of pikny peach. I used an orange instead of the lemon.And i think the pomegranate juice got really pale in the heat. Very heat labile.
Grenadine is a very good idea indeed !!!