Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Challenge recipe 6: Mixed berry and mint sorbet

Given that this week marked the end of summer, I figured I should get this one out of the way before the weather cools down too much. Sorbet's hardly appropriate for cool weather!

Here's the book:

Yes, I own the Biggest Loser cookbook. But to be honest, I've only ever used the exercise parts of the book, not the recipes. Anyway, here's what you'll need:

It's pretty basic stuff. Start with 1.5 cups of water and 1/2 cup caster sugar. Dump them into a saucepan, thusly:

Heat until the sugar is dissolved, then bring to a boil. Once it's boiling, add in 3/4 cup of mixed berries.

Cook until the berries are soft - this should only take a couple of minutes:

Then take 1/2 cup mint leaves:

Turn off the heat, and add the mint leaves to the pan:

Leave the whole thing sitting around until it's completely cool. Then put a strainer over a smallish mixing bowl and dump everything into the strainer. Squish it through with a spoon - basically, you want to get the juice out of the berries without adding the seeds or the mint leaves to the sorbet:

Looks pretty gross, huh? Once you've squished out all the juice, you'll be left with this:

Pour it into a plastic container of some description:

Then stick it in the freezer overnight:

Attack it with a fork to fluff it into sorbet, and serve with a mint leaf on the top:

The verdict? Eh. I mean, it's tasty and all. And I'm sure it's lovely on a stinking hot day. But frankly, I'd rather have the berries with a little dusting of icing sugar. And it's probably healthier that way too.

That said, the mint goes well with the berries (although I think it would go better in a mojito...), and it's simple to make. So while it's something I can see sitting in the freezer until I need the Tupperware container, I might try it again during next summer and see how it goes in really hot weather. Until then, I'm sticking with 'eh'.

K xx

1 comment:

  1. I'm a big fan of berry salads - basically you get one punnet of every berry you can find, chop the bigger ones (like strawberries) into smaller bits, mix it all up, and add a little mint, chill and let them all relax and juicify for a bit, and then EAT. Yum.

    Also? You've been tagged: http://leafprobably.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/seven-stylish-things-about-me/ (but no pressure!)


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