Saturday, December 4, 2021

Make fruit exciting by turning it into a sorbet

Unlike children adults generally love fruits and they can’t seem to have enough of them. However, fruits are nutritional imperative for children and there are exciting ways in which they can be prepared to make them appealing to the young ones.

Sorbets are one way of achieving this. A sorbet is a much healthier alternative to ice cream and milkshakes any day, and still comes just as colorful and tasty. They are perfect for making the little ones pack up on those much need nutrients, hydrate and remain as healthy as can be especially in this unforgiving heat. Basically there are no real recipes for sorbets, what you are more likely to come across are templates, which allow you to go wild with that fruit and turn the kitchen into an exotic island of great summer drinks! A moment of creativity is all you need. To make things interesting, let the children lend a helping hand because the more they get involved the more likely they are to develop a love for fruits.  Watermelons are in season at the moment; so why not learn how to prepare a watermelon sorbet.

  • Basic Watermelon Sorbet (serves six)
  • ┬¢ cup granulated sugar (brown or white)
  • ┬¥ cup water
  • 6 cups watermelon chunks (seeds removed)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (optional)

Preparation

Mix sugar and water in a saucepan. Boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer for five minutes until the liquid takes a syrup consistency. Remove from heat and let it stand for about 45 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.

Place watermelon and lime juice in a food processor and process at medium speed until smooth. Place a sieve over a bowl and press the puree through to remove tiny seeds. Whisk in the sugar syrup.

Pour the watermelon mixture into a metal pan and freeze until ice crystals form around the edges, about 30 minutes. Stir the ice crystals into the center of the pan and return to the freezer; repeat every 20 minutes until all the liquid is frozen.

Serve immediately or transfer to a storage container and let harden in the freezer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Serve in chilled glasses or dessert bowls. This is the perfect opportunity to get adventurous with garnish. Anything from mint leaves to fruit slices will do great. Enjoy!

RELATED STORIES

Read this week's paper