This easy homemade mango sorbet is made in the ice cream maker. It's a refreshing frozen dessert or snack that is perfect for summer and just as popular with kids and adults! Plus, you only need three ingredients to make it!
A recipe inspired by my holidays
When I said last week on social media that I'd have a recipe inspired by my holiday in Spain, I bet you didn't expect it to be this gorgeous mango sorbet. After all, sorbet is not a particularly Spanish recipe but it is a holiday recipe. I don't know about you but when I go on holiday I love to try different ice creams when we're out and about.
What I love about sorbet compared to ice cream is that it is so much more refreshing! Sorbet is also perfect to make with fruit. I am definitely a fan of fruity flavours (like this strawbery sorbet) and will always go for something fruity rather than chocolate or caramel.
This particular mango sorbet is inspired by a fruity sorbet I ate a couple of weeks ago in Benalmádena, Spain, sitting on the marina wall looking at the yachts. It had an intense fruity mango flavour and I knew straightaway that I wanted to remake it at home.
Only 3 ingredients!
This sorbet is so easy to make and only has 3 ingredients. All you need to make this simple recipe is mango puree, sugar and the juice of half a lime as well as some water. It couldn't be an easier sorbet recipe!
What does this mango sorbet taste like?
It's got just a little lime in to give it a slight citrus tang but the flavour is mainly intense mango sweetness. Now, as it's a fruity recipe you may be wondering if it's a healthy recipe. Well, like so many things it's fat-free but it's definitely not low in sugar!
Use tinned mango puree to make life easier
This recipe uses a tin of mango puree which makes it super easy to make as you don't need to peel, stone and puree the mango first. Of course, you can make your own mango puree first if you want.
My family loved this mango sorbet
So was it as good as the mango sorbet I'd enjoyed on holiday? Definitely! I wished I'd made a larger batch and next time I'll up the quantities by a third so it'll still fit in the ice cream maker.
The children loved it too and probably managed to eat most of it before poor Mr SearchingforSpice and I managed to get our share. They were actually trying to outdo each other with their praise. Little Miss Spice declared it was, super duper duper yummy and Master Spice then claimed it was a million yummy! A recipe has got to good when that happens!
Do you need an ice cream maker to make this sorbet recipe?
I make this mango sorbet in the ice cream maker as I find it so easy. I just need to remember to put the bowl in the freezer the day before. The ice cream maker then does all the work and you end up with a silky smooth sorbet. Alternatively you can freeze it and take it out of the freezer every hour and blend it.
I have to say that I bought a cheap ice cream maker a few years ago and it has become one of my favourite gadgets each summer. I love the fact that I can create the flavours I want and flavours that are not always easy to buy in the shops.
Could you adapt the sorbet recipe?
As this mango sorbet is made with canned fruit puree, how about replacing it with another fruit puree? I haven't tried this yet, but I wonder what pumpkin puree would be like? Ok, maybe I'll work on that idea for autumn.
I used some lime juice in this and it added a slight citrus tang but you could leave it out. Or for a stronger lime flavour, add the lime zest too.
What about if you don't have fruit puree? Well, I'm working on another sorbet recipe right now and that will start with fruit so watch this space! And here it is: homemade kiwi sorbet. I've also made an orange and ginger sorbet that is made using juice not fruit!
Can you add less sugar to make a healthier sorbet? Well, the sugar syrup is important as it gives the sorbet a lower freezing temperature and that's what keeps the sorbet scoopable. To get the right texture you need about 20-30% sugar. You'll find with this recipe you can scoop it straight out of the freezer. There's no need to leave it sitting on the table for 15 minutes like with some frozen recipes.
How long can you keep this sorbet in the freezer?
This sorbet should last in the freezer for quite a few months but is best eaten within a couple of months.
More Frozen Recipes
If you love frozen desserts then why not try one of these delicious frozen treats? I've even got a whole recipe collection for frozen desserts and snacks.
Mango Sorbet with a Hint of Lime
- ½ lime juiced
- 75 g sugar
- 115 ml water
- 455 g mango puree I used a jar of East End Mango Pulp. It was sweetened and contained 92% mango
- Put the lime juice, sugar and water in a saucepan and heat, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Take it off the heat.
- Stir in the mango puree. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes until cool.
- Pour the cooled mango mixture into an ice cream maker and churn. Transfer to a container and store in the freezer
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