Don't have an ice cream machine? No problem! As long as you have a food processor, you can still make yourself a delicious frozen treat. For the culinary minimalist who enjoys good, clean, homemade cooking, there are few dessert recipes more fulfilling than sorbet. Sorbets are incredibly easy to make, don't require a ton of ingredients, and are a much healthier alternative to their creamy frozen counterpart. Keep these simple tips in mind, and you can make any kind of sorbet you like, any day of the week!

Basic Ingredients

  • Fruit (frozen or fresh)
  • Yogurt
  • Sugar (granulated or raw)
  • Water

The Frozen Fruit Method Making sorbet with frozen fruit is super convenient for multiple reasons. Firstly, the fruit has already been cut and cleaned, mostly free of seeds, pits, and debris. Secondly, it's already frozen, so you don't have to re-freeze it!

  • Take a bag of your favorite frozen fruit and put it in the food processor.
  • Add the desired amount of yogurt, sugar, and water.
  • Process it until it reaches the desired, sorbet-like consistency
  • Enjoy!

You can really be flexible with the amounts you add or don't add to this. Depending on the tartness of the fruit, you might want to add more sugar or yogurt. Making this sorbet is 100% about your tastes and preferences, and not at all about exactly how much of any ingredient you need.

The Fresh Fruit Method

  • Create a simple syrup by boiling equal parts water and sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Let it cool.
  • Drop your fresh fruits and syrup into the food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the blend through a cheesecloth to remove any seeds or pits.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment and pour the mixture into the sheet. Put it in your freezer until it's solid.
  • When you're ready to eat, break up the frozen mix and puree it again until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Again, how much syrup and fruit you use is up to you! If the food processor mixture looks too lumpy or thick, add a little more syrup or water. Making sorbet in a food processor isn't so much about recipes as it is about a basic methodology that you can tweak and customize as you see fit.

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