Welcome to recipe Wednesday! Today I’m sharing my amazing strawberry lime sorbet recipe. In the summer, I can’t get enough fresh strawberries. The other day I stocked up at the market so I could freeze a bunch for the fall and winter (the check out person thought I was a little crazy, I think).
I thought with July 4th just around the corner, it’d be nice to have a healthy, festive dessert recipe to share with family and friends. This strawberry lime sorbet recipe hits the mark on every front: it’s healthy and low fat, easy to make, and the bright red color is perfect for the 4th! And the lime adds a nice little refreshing citrus tartness. You don’t need an ice cream maker for this one, but you do need to make it well in advance. Depending on your freezer, it could take six hours or more to set. I suggest making it Tuesday. If it’s rock hard when you take it out of the freezer, let it thaw for 10 to 15 minutes. It will soften enough to serve (it’s nearly impossible to make home made sorbet that doesn’t freeze solid. Why? Because commercial makers have all sorts of unnatural ingredients they can add.)
Recipe: Strawberry Lime Sorbet
Summary: light, healthy and refreshing strawberry dessert for a hot summer day
- 4 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 3/4 cup palm sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/4 tsp Xanthan gum
- In a small sauce pan, heat the water and palm sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.
- Cut the tops off the strawberries. In a food processor or blender, puree the strawberries. If you’d like, reserve 1/2 cup of the berries to puree only slightly at end (the little chunks of strawberry look pretty in the sorbet).
- Toward the end of the processing, add the Xanthan gum.
- Pour the pureed strawberries into a mixing bowl (or directly into the freezer container). Stir in the cooled sugar water and lime juice, and stir.
- Taste. If it’s too tart (which will depend on the berries and limes), add a few drops of liquid Stevia. Don’t add too much. I suggest adding three drops at a time until the sorbet is sweet enough.
- Put the sorbet in freezer, cover and freeze for 45 minutes. Stir well, then return to freezer until firm (this could take 2 to 6 hours).
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 8