You know what’s awesome about summer? The cool treats you get to enjoy! One of my favorites is sorbet. While ice cream is nice, it just doesn’t give me the same satisfaction that a sweet and fruity sorbet does. As much as I’d like to drop $5 every week on a quart of it, I’d much rather made it fresh in my home and thanks to the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment I just received, I can make it any time I crave it.
The great thing about this attachment (used with a KitchenAid Stand Mixer) is that I can store it in my freezer to use anytime I want to make a cool treat. Unfortunately, that’s also the biggest downside to this particular attachment. It’s quite large and takes up a lot of space in my freezer which really lacks space for even our frozen food, let alone this attachment. Also, you have to let the bowl freeze for at least 15 hours. Patience is a must.
Now, to make the sorbet, that’s the easy part. While the bowl is freezing you can begin making your sorbet. For this you need to start with a simple syrup that is just as it’s called, simple. Equal parts of water and sugar boiled to create a smooth syrup used as the base.
Next, you’ll want to use a fresh fruit. I happen to have bags of frozen, fresh picked strawberries so I gathered about 4 cups of them, defrosted and smashed them with a potato masher to release the sweet juices.
Totally optional, but if you want a smooth sorbet, you can use a strainer to separate the seeds and strawberry flesh from the juice. I did this and incorporated half of the strawberry fruit back into my mixture.
The fun part begins after the bowl is fully frozen, the sorbet ingredients are chilled in the fridge and it’s time to mount the attachment and make sorbet. In less than 15 minutes you get this beautiful, incredibly sweet frozen concoction.
You can eat it right away or freeze it in an air tight container for a couple of hours for a firmer texture.
This also happens to be a wonderful dessert that would be perfect for a Cook for the Cure fundraiser event in July. If you haven’t already, please visit KitchenAid online to learn more about 1,000 Cooks for the Cure and how your family can help fight breast cancer. This little sorbet dish would be perfect for an intimate dinner with dessert.
- 4 cups strawberries, whole
- 1¼ cups simple syrup
- Using a food processor (or smash by hand), chop strawberries into small pieces and strain juice into a bowl. Chill.
- In a pot over medium-high heat, combine 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar. Boil for about 10 minutes and cool. (makes 3 cups)
- Mix strawberry juice and syrup.
- Using the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment, set speed to stir and pour in sorbet mixture.
- Stir for 10 - 12 minutes until it reaches desired consistency.