Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cantaloupe Sorbet

I bought a huge cantaloupe last week and Carlos complaint that it was too ripe and soft. I am not a big fan of cantaloupe because of it musky smell. So what can I do with that huge melon? Well, I blend it and make it into sorbet. I add a bit of sugar and some lemon juice to the puree to brighten up the flavor. The neat thing about this sorbet is that you don’t need an ice cream marker; you just blend all the ingredients and freeze them. In order to get a smoother texture I took it out after an hour of freezing and blend it again and put it right back to the freezer. The result of my minimal efforts was a wonderful refreshing light and cooling dessert.

Sorbets and sherbets are similar, but there are some important differences. Sorbet are friendly to lactose-intolerant individuals since they don't contain any dairy products. Sherbet on the other hand can contain dairy in it.

Despite that difference, the two icy treats are very similar in their base ingredients. Sorbets are made with puréed fruits, sugar, and water and sherbets are made with those three same ingredients. But while sherbets are made with the same ingredients, they also can contain milk, gelatin, or egg whites.

From My Kitchen Snippets

2 1/2 pound ripe cantaloupe
6 tbsp sugar (depend on the sweetness of your cantaloupe)
Juice of 2 lemons

1. Cut and scoop out the seeds and remove the skin of the melon. In a blender, blend the melon, sugar and lemon juice.
2. Pour the mixture into a container and let them chill in the freezer for an hour. Take them out and blend it again for a 10 seconds (you can repeat this same step for a couple of time)
3. Pour it back into the container and let if set completely in the freezer.
4. Place the sorbet in the fridge 15-20 minutes before serving (it will soften up a bit for easy scooping)


Cuisine Paradise said...

Cool! Another great cooling dessert for the hot weather. I bet those who love cantaloupe will be excited to check this recipe out :)

WendyinKK said...

Great buy on that ripe cantaloupe :P
If not, this sorbet won't be 'born'.

ann low said...

That's a pretty colour and I wish to have some now.

Elin said...

Great for the hot hot weather here :) this is refreshing and waste not...this is lovely..like the color and can imagine slurrping it down...mmmm I wish I can make sorbet too :)

Shereen said...

I love cantaloupe but it's rather expensive here.As usual, if I buy,I kena makan sendiri.Maybe next time if you ever make this again, add some sake to it..even watermelon also nice.The taste is really nice and refreshing.Another liquor I like to add is kirsch.

muimui said...

Thanks for sharing. I have the
cantaloupe sitting in my fridge and was wondering what to do with it. Tommorow i am going to try it out.

Chasing Food Dreams said...

Looks absolutely refreshing! Now I need to go searching for melons.. XD

ICook4Fun said...

Cuisine Paradise, yes this is really good for hot summer weather.

Wendy, yea if not for sure I will throw it out :)

Ann, yes love the light orange color.

Elin, oh yes. Carlos finished this within 2 days :)

Shereen, I tak suka the bau of cantaloupe lah. Don't know why. I can't make watermelon as Carlos tak makan. So next I am going to make it with strawberries. Ok I will add some liquor it.

muimui, hope you like this.

Jenn, honeydew will be good for sorbet too.

Andrew King said...

I seriously need this for poker night later. This would be an awesome little treat for everyone!