Recipe (Serves 4) :
Granulated sugar - 1 1/4 cups
Water - 2 1/2 cups
Grated rind - of 1 lime
Lime juice - 3/4 cup, freshly squeezed
Lemon juice - 1-2 tbsp, freshly squeezed
Confectioner's sugar, to taste
Slivers of lime rind, to decorate
In a small heavy pan, dissolve the granulated sugar in the water, without stirring, over medium heat.
When the sugar has dissolved, boil for 5-6 minutes.
Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
Combine the cooled sugar syrup with the lime rind and juice in a measuring jug (cup) or bowl.
Stir well, taste and adjust the flavour by adding lemon juice and some icing sugar, if necessary. Do not oversweeten.
Pour the mixture into a freezer container and freezer for about 3 hours until softly set.
Remove from the container and chop roughly into 3" pieces.
Place in a food processor and process until smooth.
Return the mixture to the freezer container and freezer again until set.
Repeat this freezing and chopping process two or three times, until a smooth consistency is obtained.
Alternatively, use an ice cream maker to freezer the mixture, following the manufacturer's instructions.
Transfer the sorbet to the refrigerator about 20-30 minutes, before serving to soften slightly.
Serve in scoops, decorated with slivers of lime rind.
Source: Desserts 500 delicious recipes, Edited by Ann Kay.
- I didn't have to add any lemon juice or icing sugar. The initial mixture was just right for me.
- Instead of processing in the food processor, I just shook the container roughly for a minute each time (while softly set) and chopped with a fork (when frozen) to smoothen the sorbet.
- I think the recipe would serve 6 or more.