While it has been hot and muggy outside, my little one and I have been on a sorbet making spree these past few days. It all started as a way to distract his attention and keep him away from destroying the furniture. “Let’s make ice cream”, I told him. His eyes wide open, he smiled… and that’s all it took. Everyday after that, we have been making sorbet while listening to music.
It’s the strangest thing how kids can enjoy music that seems too adult for them. When he was born, I bought all the children’s music albums I could get my hands on and I played them in the car and at home. That’s what I thought I was supposed to do. So for the first year or so, I really stopped listening to “my” music.
But as he got a bit older and was able to communicate, he started requesting the oddest songs in my iPod’s playlist. It all started with The Beatles’ “Get Back”. “Get back Jo Jo”, he would repeat over and over again. Then on to The Jam’s “In the City”, TV On The Radio’s “Wolf Like Me” or Led Zeppelin’s “Rock n’ Roll“.
We had a bunch of fresh peaches, kiwis and a super ripe pineapple and that’s what we used to make the fruit purees. The sorbet recipes below use ingredients that might not be readily available, I know, but the resulting sorbet has such great texture that I keep going back to these recipes.
500 grams pineapple puree
70 grams water
75 grams atomized glucose
60 grams sugar
1.5 grams sorbet stabilizer
500 grams kiwi puree
225 grams water
65 grams atomized glucose
120 grams sugar
2 grams sorbet stabilizer
Method is the same for all of them
Start by making the sugar syrup. Place the water and the atomized glucose in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer. In the meantime, whisk together the sugar and sorbet stabilizer in a separate bowl. When the water comes to a light boil, add the sugar and stabilizer mixture, whisk and bring to a boil. When it starts to boil, pour the syrup into a bowl and let it cool slightly before refrigerating. Refrigerate the sugar syrup overnight.
Add the fruit puree to the sugar syrup, mix really well and churn in ice cream machine. Freeze.