Is there any other way to celebrate a hot day….I mean EXTREMELY hot day, then with an ice cold treat?
When I was traveling home from work a few weeks ago, I was passing through a town called Pageland South Carolina. There was a sign at a big farmers market in Pageland that read, “Watermelon Capital of the World!” That is a bold statement….AND I had to buy some of course! I was trying to decide what to make first, it just made sense to bring out my new kitchen toy and make sorbet!
My hubby keeps sneaking spoonfuls of this watermelon lime sorbet, then expressing his love for the recipe. SO I am going to venture and say it is a true winner in the CafeTerra house!
This recipe was slightly adapted from the lovely Molly Moon’s recipe. Do you remember a few weeks back when I made Cherry Almond Ice Cream? I shared a little about who Molly Moon is, and why I love her book! Her book is unique compared to most ice cream books. She shares sweet and savory recipes, while including ingredients that can be found at any farmers market.
For my sorbet I used my favorite sugar, Florida Crystals pure cane sugar. Florida Crystals is pretty fantastic because they are all natural, and the sugar is not stripped of all it’s natural ingredients. Pure cane sugar is brown, so in the sugar water it looks brown, but blends perfectly with the watermelon puree.
The other change I made to the original recipe, I used lime juice and lime zest in the sorbet. My thought was, with the hot days, lime is so much more refreshing when trying to beat the heat. Honestly, it is all about preference really, so lime or lemon would be delicious in this recipe!
A refreshing dessert perfect for Summer! This recipe has two changes, but comes from Molly Moon's recipe book on page 45.
25 mins Prep Time
In a medium sauce pot, place sugar and water and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Pour sugar water into a small bowl with cover, and place in refrigerator to cool, could take up to 1-2 hours to cool, or may take longer. (Look at notes for how to cool sugar water properly.)
Cut up watermelon into one inch chunks, and puree in a blender. Place in covered container, and chill for one hour or longer.
Once sugar water and watermelon puree are chilled, whisk together, and whisk in lime juice and lime zest. Then follow your ice cream maker instructions.
Once the sugar water is cooked, pour the sugar water in a medium size bowl. In a larger bowl fill bowl half full of ice, and small amount of water to create an ice bath. Place medium bowl of sugar water in ice bath, let sit and stir once in awhile to cool to room temp, then place in refrigerator. If you do not have an ice cream maker, you could put watermelon mixture into freezer, when it is completely frozen take a fork and start breaking it up like a granita. I did pick up a watermelon with seeds, so I picked out all the seeds in the delicious watermelon!
What is your favorite what to enjoy watermelon?