Thursday, 26 April 2012

Lemon and Rosemary Sorbet

I think I may have mentioned before that there was once a time, when the needle like herb known as rosemary would be ignored by myself in culinary challenges.  It was one of those herbs that hardly featured in any o f my home cooking.  Of course, this has all changed.  I now view rosemary as a wonderful woody herb with a heady fragrance.  I can't get enough of the stuff, not only do I use it in savoury dishes, popcorn, in hot 'fruity' drinks, but puddings and sweet bakes too.  As my regular readers will know, to great success I recently used it in my Rhubarb and Rosemary Scones.  I will only ever use it in its fresh form though, dry...well its just a twig.   But even when fresh, you have to be careful, too much and yes it could be medicinal. 

I don't make sorbets much, the truth is sorbet for me is just an adults slush puppy and ice cold zingy lemon does not always appeal to me, but my husband loves the stuff so its for him I oblige, even when it is raining and ice cold outside. 
This Lemon and Rosemary Sorbet is also my first entry for Bloggers Scream for Ice Cream which was started by Kavey.
Lemon and Rosemary Sorbet
You will need a food processor for this recipe.
Ingredients
Juice and zest of 5 unwaxed lemons
300g sugar
1 3/4 pints of water

Sprig of fresh rosemary
Method
Gently bring everything to a boil, stirring frequently until all the sugar has melted. Simmer for a couple of minutes, then remove from the heat and leave it to cool. when cool, strain and discard the zest and rosemary sprig.
When cool enough, pour into a suitable plastic container and freeze. Freeze, then after an hour take out of freezer and blend in food processor, pour back into container and freeze for another hour or so, then remove from freeze and blend again. This is to ensure that there are no mass of ice, but soft crystals. Then freeze. Twice should be enough, but you may want to do it a third time if you want softer crystals.

41 comments:

  1. ooohhhhh! That looks SO refreshing! I love really tart lemony things and I LOVE rosemary! Perfect combo!

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  2. I need to take inspiration from you, Shaheen, and use more rosemary in my cooking, I love your wide range of ideas for it. And combining it with lemon in a sorbet is a great idea, to bring a real savoury note to the sorbet!

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    1. Thank you Kavey. I've foudn it quite versatile over the years. So recommend it.

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  3. That is an interesting combination...perhaps it would go well with a hot, dark chocolate cake?

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    1. Liking it GZ. Have had it in a chocolate pot, and even a parsnip cake, but not a choc cake. Must try.

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  4. oooh this is great! I've been looking for ways to make ice ceram and sorbet without an ice cream maker! i still have not tried rosemary in dessert/ sweet treats yet, thanks to you i'm going to have to do it real soon!

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    1. Hope you do Shu Han. Ive made this recipe before, thanks to my processor.

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  5. Hi :D Thank you for your comment on my blog! It really mean a lot to me!

    Now, your sorbet! Well, I'm not a sorbet person either but that looks GOOD and it could be a recipe that I might actually try, it's seems so different of other sorbets I'd tried before!
    But, why so much sugar though? Have you tried agave or sweet fruity jams as a replacer?

    I'm already a follower! Would you be interested in reading my page translated in English so that you could red it?

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    1. Thank you so so much for repaying the compliment Veronica. Its truly appreciated. Ah I know, so much sugar, i will try other replacers in the future. Of course I'd be happy to read your blog and will translate it whenever I visit.

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  6. That looks yummy! Wish it would hurry up and be sorbet weather...we keep getting hailstones!

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    1. I'm fed up with all the rain too Sooz.

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  7. Ooh yummy, I love a good tangy sorbet and I love Rosemary, so it's a definite YES from me for saving this recipe (and making it).

    Sue xx

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  8. This is a cool recipe. Easy and simple with a few ingredients. I have my kid cousins coming over ans since the temperature is soaring here I am thinking it will please them to eat a cold treat. So I will get into the kitchen right away and make some of these shall I?

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    1. OOh i hope you do Sri. Let me know how you find it.

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  9. MMM,...what a tasty & aprt flavoured sorbet! :)

    Curcuma is turmeric!

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  10. Oh Shaheen, I don't understand how you could not like that sorbet. I adore lemon sorbet and rosemary has always been my favourite herb. I must have missed your Rhubarb and Rosemary Scones but will now seek them out as our rhubarb is currently at it's best.

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    1. Thanks Janice. I know, I think it was to do with those artificial slush puppies when I was small that put me off. Pls do try the scones, they were really really good.

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  11. Nice entry Shaheen. I, much like your hubby, love sorbet, but my idea of heaven would be a scoop of this alongside a scoop of chocolate ice cream. Mmmmmmm :)

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  12. This is a wonderful blog! In just a few minutes I already see so many recipes that I absolutely have to try. You combine so many ingredients that I would have never thought of combining, and they look wonderful. I look forward to spending lots of 'browse' time on here.

    Anna

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    1. Thank you so so much Anna for your lovely and warming comment. Happy browsing and cooking x

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  13. I have to admit to still being something of a rosemary phobe - I find it quite overpowering (despite normally enjoying fairly strong flavours) and I just don't enjoy the taste that much to try and balance it properly. Maybe though I just haven't found the right dish to use it in.

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    1. I understand how you feel about rosemary as that is how I felt about it too, but I used a little to start with and then got more ambitious, hopefully you will come to like rosemary.

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  14. I had the same experience with rosemary... I' m getting n love with it lately!! And i really like this sorbet you propose! Now it's getting hot i' ll try it!!

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  15. Hey Shaheen! This reminds me of my Lemon Orange Pineapple Sorbet, which I made back on the 15th. I can't get enough of rosemary and I'll be making this version soon, probably tomorrow since I just finished off the last of mine earlier this week. Thank you for posting this!

    http://peapodriot.blogspot.com/2012/04/lemon-orange-and-pineapple-sorbet.html

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    1. Hope you make this Annie,
      let me know how you find it. Your lemon orange pineapple sorbet actually appeals to me very much. Will def. check it out.

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  16. Didn't know it was so easy to make. Must give that a go but will have to mix it in the blender as I don't have a food processor. Good to see you are using all your gadgets in your bigger kitchen. :)

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    1. It really is much easy in a processor, than the old fashioned way. I have had the opp. to use my white appliances a lot more and quite chuffed, though the kitchen aid still has not seen the daylight. MMMm

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  17. So strange, I was sure I left a comment here already...

    Anyway, wanted to say how inspired I am by your creative range of ideas for using rosemary, and particularly like the idea of giving savoury note to a sorbet.

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    1. Ah you did Kavey, I've jsut been a bit slow on moderating them. Thank you so much for your comment and for hosting this foodie event.

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  18. Mmm. this is yummy. What a delicious sorbet you made. Bookmarking X

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  19. That sounds like such a good combination. I'm just wondering if you could make wafer cones with honey in them to put it in....hmm...

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  20. What a fabulous idea!! And great to see an ice cream post that doesn't need an ice cream machine. I totally agree about using rosemary, I tried it in millionaire shortbread and it worked surprisingly well - will definitely give this a go!!

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  21. OOh Alex - millionare shortbread with rosemary, now you got me excited.

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  22. This is beautiful and such a brilliant idea. I happen to love rosemary and lemon :)

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