There’s something about homemade that people love. Do you ever find that people will refuse something you offer until they’ve figured out it’s homemade? This happened with my cherry lime sorbet the other day. One second nobody wanted to touch it, then the next, they were all clamouring for a taste.
I love eating cherries out of hand, but when a friend dropped off over 2 pounds of gorgeous, deep-red cherries, I knew I wanted to make something with them using my borrowed ice cream machine. I admit I’m becoming a little obsessed with the thing. I’m really loving it.
Most sorbet recipes are pretty simple: fruit, sugar and water. The recipe I found required the cherries to be simmered for a while, but I went the simpler route and pureed them straight up because I wanted the taste of fresh cherries. I also substituted the lemon juice for lime just because I love limes and cherries together.
After a quick whirl in the ice cream maker and a couple of hours to harden up in the freezer, I brought the sorbet over to a barbecue at my parents’s house. When I brought the sorbet out, no one seemed very interested. I asked my grandma if she wanted some, but she refused. My mom interjected, telling her that I made it, so my grandma said she’d give it a try.
After my grandma tried it, everyone wanted some. My dad even wanted seconds. The sorbet was everything good about cherries in an icy, cool treat. I loved the way there was a hint of lime to contrast the sweetness of the cherries.
I can’t wait to make more icy desserts! I’m looking forward to trying out a mint mojito sorbet. Any suggestions for other icy cold deliciousness?
Cherry Lime Sorbet Recipe adapted from The Cosmic Cowgirl
2 pounds cherries
1 cup water
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
Create a simple syrup from the sugar and water. You can do this on the stove over medium heat or just boil some water, measure out 1 cup and add it to the sugar and stir to dissolve. Chill the simple syrup until cold. Stem and pit the cherries. Place them in a blender, and blend in batches until smooth. Stir in the simple syrup and lime juice. Chill until cold and proceed according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.