We repeat our old mantra:

Frozen Stuff + Food Processor = Instant Gratification

There’s no real recipe for this, just a guideline.

A tip from Cook’s Illustrated on sorbets:

The Problem: Homemade sorbets often taste just fine but tend to be overly icy.

The Goal: Our goal was simple. Restaurant sorbets are invariably creamy and silky. They literally melt in your mouth, almost like ice cream. We wanted to figure out why.

The Solution: After much trial and error, we found that a high sugar concentration is the secret to creamy sorbets. Sugar controls the texture. By using 1/2 cup of sugar per cup of fruit (give or take a few tablespoons, depending on the fruit), we were able to achieve the desired result: smooth, creamy texture without cloying sweetness. We also found that adding a tablespoon of high-proof alcohol improves the texture of the sorbets and permits a slight reduction in the amount of sugar. Tasteless vodka is our first choice.

If you don’t mind all that sugar, or if you’re using a really tart fruit like lime or lemon, this is a good tip to keep in mind.

We didn’t add any sugar to this sorbet, ‘cos we like to taste just the fruit. We did add a tablespoon of Grand Marnier, out of sheer habit.

Our formula:
Chop whatever you fruit you’re using into chunks, freeze solid. Churn in the food processor (a really heavy-duty one) until it’s smooth like a slushy with the alcohol and whatever else you fancy. Put it in a container to a depth of 2.5 to 3 inches, not more. Freeze for 15 minutes until it sets a bit, scoop out, and serve. If you forget to take it out after 15 minutes and it gets rock solid, thaw it a bit (ten seconds in the microwave helps), break it into chunks, process again, freeze and serve after 15 minutes.

For this sorbet, we froze three halved, pitted apricots and segments from one big orange, processed it with 1 tsp lime juice, 1 tsp finely grated orange zest and 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier. It was sweet with just a hint of tartness, just the way we like it.

Check out our Strawberry-Banana Sorbet. Bananas help make sorbets really creamy.

Apricot-Orange Sorbet is our entry for Fresh Produce of the Month, hosted by the lovely Marta @ An Italian in the US. The current theme is Apricots.

- Jai

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  1. viji says:

    Looks lovely bee a real treat for this summer. Viji

  2. sandeepa says:

    Love that yellow sunshine

  3. Jyothsna says:

    You make it sound so easy :)

  4. Suganya says:

    No distractions in the photo. Only sorbet :) Tell me something, How do you find energy to post every single day? 3 times a week is an achievement for me :D

    we take turns to cook, and take pics, and post when we feel like, which is often. ;-) – b.

  5. archana says:

    Lovely golden colour sorbet.

  6. Dee says:

    I love the colours!!!! feel like gobbling them up and apricots are my favourite snack

  7. Meeta says:

    Oh I love it. Apricots are just gorgeous and making a sorbet is perfect. I love the pic too!

  8. Archana says:

    Good to know the secret for creamy sorbets. My sorbet was not scooping well but the taste was great so I didn’t care! The colors are so gorgeous!

  9. Marta says:

    Yeeeh!! How wonderful!! Thank you soo much for sharing this amazing sorbet as an entry to the Fresh Produce of the month. The picture is really beautiful and the idea is just amazing. I’ll have to try this!

  10. Cinnamon says:

    It looks lovely.. It was a feast to my eyes :)
    I should try this…
    And Thanks for sharing the secrets for good creamy sorbets!!

  11. saju says:

    I don’t usually go for sweet things, but this has got me. I will be trying it!

  12. roopa says:

    wow i am drolling at the cup of sorbet! looks fabulous.

  13. sra says:

    Gorgeous colour!

  14. padmaja says:

    What a vibrant colour Bee,and absolute treat to the eyes and a melt in the mouth!!
    Amazing picture!!!!

  15. Asha says:

    Love the color! Ice Cream maker makes the best Sorbets!!

  16. Poonam says:

    I am not a big “sorbet” fan! But the picture is making me think twice…nice recipe!

  17. Nirmala says:

    Wow! you guys do a great job of getting recipes for restaurant specials. I never knew thats its so easy to make sorbets at home! Thanks a lot Jai and Bee!

  18. bhags says:

    The pic is adorable and it sounds so easy

  19. sunita says:

    Love apricots in any form…the sorbet looks gorgeous…

  20. Coffee says:

    WOW! The sun is rising beautifully! ;)

  21. musical says:

    Now thats the “anytime” dessert :) very inviting!

  22. Laavanya says:

    That picture is just so perfect!!

  23. Dhana says:

    Those look DIVINE! Wanna eat some nowwww!

  24. What a stunning picture!

  25. priyanka says:

    the sorbet looks very inviting…. i never knew that there was a simple and quick way of making sorbets… thanks for sharing

  26. sharmi says:

    that pic is out of the world. so vibrant and beautiful.

  27. Hima says:

    That is looking so cool… the photo is superb

  28. Smita says:

    Oy!! Beautiful!! So elegant (sigh)

  29. Jyothi says:

    Looks lovely and beautiful pics.

  30. Padma says:

    feel like grabbing some spoonful of it…This is really tempting me to try one…terrific pics!

  31. Mona says:

    Wow! gr8 sorbet Jai and Bee. looking ahead to try it out.

  32. richa says:

    that is one groovy sorbet :)

  33. prema says:

    Thanks jai and bee for giving the recipe and tips for making restaurant type sorbet.

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