Refreshing and fruity, this kiwi sorbet is a brilliant summer dessert. It's great just by itself or with a little fresh fruit whenever you fancy a healthy frozen snack or dessert.
I have definitely fallen in love with homemade sorbet this summer! A couple of weeks ago I shared a gorgeous mango sorbet and this week I'm sharing this refreshing kiwi sorbet. I'm not sure which I like best. They are both delicious desserts and although they are both sorbets, they are quite different.
The mango sorbet was very sweet and scooped easily, even when straight out of the freezer. This kiwi sorbet is lower in sugar and it's best to take it out of the freezer for 15 minutes before attempting to scoop. Otherwise you might end up with granita!
I was intending to make a plain kiwi fruit sorbet to begin with but I tried it with lime too and it is just so good. The lime just makes it even better and more fruity, although it still tastes mainly of kiwi.
Do you need an ice cream maker to make this sorbet?
I'm afraid you do ideally need an ice cream maker to make this sorbet. Without an ice cream maker, it's difficult to get a smooth mixture. You'll need to take the sorbet out of the freezer every hour and blend it until it reaches the right consistency.
Because sorbet has a high water content it will be hard to get it as smooth as with an ice cream maker. It will tend to have lots of ice crystals in it. But, that's not a problem if you do want granita!
I bought my ice cream maker about 7-8 years ago and it's still working well and only cost around £30. It seemed a bit of a luxury when I first got it but I love being able to mix up whatever flavour I fancy of either ice cream, sorbet or frozen yoghurt. I've even made avocado sorbet! The next thing on my list is a homemade slushie. I know my kids would love that this summer!
How can you adapt this kiwi sorbet?
The method for making this sorbet can easily be adapted to make different types of fruit sorbet. You could use berries instead kiwi fruit for example. Why not try it and let me know?
This sorbet is very refreshing and not particularly sweet. If you want a sweeter sorbet then increase the sugar up to about 80ml and 130ml water. This will also make the sorbet more scoopable.
Recipe for kiwi sorbet
- 6 kiwi fruit Mine weighed 370g after being peeled
- 50 g sugar
- 80 ml water
- 1 lime juiced
- Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool.
- Peel the kiwi fruit and blend them.
- Pour the kiwi fruit and lime juice into the sugar syrup and stir.
- Pour this mixture into an ice cream maker and churn.
- Eat immediately or put in the freezer.
- This sorbet sets very hard so take it out of the freezer for 15 minutes before serving.
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