Saturday, January 8, 2011

Frozen dessert adventure 2 - green apple sorbet

After the "success" of the banana zabaglione semifreddo I was keen to make something else with the ice-cream maker.  I had a few ripe green apples and thought it'd be nice to make sorbet out of them.  This recipe looked simple enough so I gave it a go.

Cooking the apples in sugar and water was pretty straight forward.

The next part definitely wasn't.

The instruction was so innocent: "Over a bowl, strain mixture through a medium sieve, pressing to force apples through; discard skins".

I started of pressing the apples with a spoon but it barely pushed any of the apples through.  A lot of trial and error later, my method became:
  1. Put new batch of apples in sieve, and use a large plastic rice scoop to squash the apples.
  2. Use my fingers to grate the apples against the sieve piece by piece until only the skin was left, then discard the skin.
  3. Use a spatula to press the remaining pulp to extract more liquid.

The process took over an hour.  It was hard work for sure!  There must be an easier way to do this

Maybe I can peel the apples first next time and puree the apple?  But I still have to sieve it to extract the juice, right?  Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

This was the result of all that work.

Not much to show for don't you think?  It was definitely a labour of love.

Time for the ice-cream maker to do its thing.



You can see that it was fairly sorbet-like at the end.

I didn't take a "serving suggestion" photo, sorry.

Mr Curious said that it tasted like apple pie and I agreed.

It was sweeter than I expected so if I make it again I will reduce the amount of sugar.  That's what I plan to do with all the recipes I try - make it in accordance to the ingredient list the first time, and reduce the sugar and fat content (if I can) when I make it again.

As far as I'm concern it's 2 out of 2.  I won't be using the ice-cream maker for a while because it's TLG's birthday next week and I'll be doing lots of cooking.  Rest assure there will be another instalment of Frozen Dessert Adventure soon.


  1. I hope that you really enjoyed the sorbet after all that work, it definitely sounds great. I hate when recipes make something so time consuming sound so easy, it catches you completely by surprise. I would probably try the other method you suggested, peel and puree the apples next time. It looks like you use the pulp and the juice. Otherwise, if you're just using the juice, I'd probably use a juicer, if you have one.

  2. you might have needed to cook the apples for a little longer? If they are more mushy they will go through the sieve better. Im glad it turned out tasty in the end, it makes all the hard work worth while :)

  3. Apple sorbet sounds so yum and refreshing. I agree with Katie that cooking the apples so they're practically mush might help. And like you said, peeling them, unless the skin is meant to add flavour or something? Maybe a potato ricer would be more effective than a sieve too?

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