The sun is out, time for some ice-cream!
This sorbet is extremely light and refreshing, AND boozy - a perfect frozen treat on a hot summer's day. The original recipe is supposed to yield about 3 cups of sorbet but I got 5 cups. Not sure what went wrong there, but YAY?! Besides, I think I left the apple chunks too big and the pulp was still semi-firm and hard to extract the liquid using a strainer. I had to peel off the skin from the apple chunks one by one using a knife, blend the pulp and pass the blended apple mixture through the mesh. A very troublesome process, made me think that I should have peeled the apples before the infusion, but...
"...the peelings do indeed have a lot of flavor, so I include the peels when infusing the apples in this sorbet."
Oh well, lesson learnt - don't leave your apple chunks too big!
Green Apple and Sparkling Cider SorbetPrintable recipe
Adapted from David Lebovitz's The Perfect Scoop
Prep time: 3 hrs 30 mins
Chill time: Overnight
Churn time: 25 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Yield: 1.250 L (about 5 cups)
- 6 (about 1 kg) Granny Smith apples
- 2 cups (500 ml) sparkling dry apple cider (I used with 6% alcohol)
- 1/3 cup (65 g) sugar
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) water
- 1/2 lemon's juice (or to taste)
- Quarter the apples and remove the cores and seeds. Cut the unpeeled apples into 1-inch (3 cm) chunks.
- Combine cider, sugar and water and bring to boil in a non-reactive saucepan.
- Add the apples, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 mins. Turn off the heat and let the apples steep until the mixture is room temperature. [I left it to steep for about 3 hours.]
- Pass the apples and their liquid through a food mill fitted with a fine disk, or use a coarse-mesh strainer and press firmly on the apples to extract their pulp and all the liquid into a container. Discard the apple peels - they've given up their flavour at this point.
- Add lemon juice to taste.
- Chill this mixture thoroughly (overnight in the fridge), then freeze it in our ice-cream mixture according to manufacturer's instructions.
I hope you are all enjoying the sun. Happy holiday weekend everyone!