All summer long I have been reading these wonderful blog posts showing these gorgeous recipes for homemade ice cream and sorbets. I do not own an ice maker. I will also publicly admit that I am not a big fan of ice cream… unless it has chunks of brownies in it. When it comes to frozen treats, I prefer sorbets. There’s something refreshing about the taste of fresh fruits in their prime, whether fresh or frozen.
Earlier this summer, my local grocer had a mango sale: 3/$1. I stocked up and decided that I would make Mango Sorbet without ice cream maker!! I am Wonder-Mom! How hard could it be?
The messiest part was peeling and cutting up the mango chunks. That’s easy enough. Simply cut the mango halves along the thin flat mango seed. Next, score each half with a knife in a checkerboard pattern. Turn each mango half inside-out and the mango segments pop up. You then just cut the segments off.
Most recipes had you make a simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar) before mixing everything in a blender. I like to simplify things, so I decided to mix everything together in the blender, skipping the extra step. Honestly, the sugar dissolves quickly when mixed on high for a couple minutes. No sugar chunks were found in this smooth sorbet.
Ingredients were mangoes, sugar, water, lime juice and lime zest. You can reduce the amount of sugar based on the sweetness of your mango. I added a bit more lime juice to our mix because we like the zing lime adds.
Now, as I said, I do not own an ice cream maker. So after you blend your mango mix until smooth, you pour everything into a freezer-safe bowl. A chilled metal bowl is preferred, although I used a plastic one. Pour your mango purée into the bowl, cover and put in the freezer. Here’s the tricky part. Every 30-45 minutes for 4 hours, remove your mango purée and re-mix everything together. This keeps the ice crystals from forming and saving your sorbet from turning into a giant mango ice cube. After 4 hours of freezing and re-mixing, let the sorbet freeze for 8 hours or until hard. This yields a little more than a quart of mango sorbet.
My family loved the idea that Mommy made ice cream (no use being picking with the distinctions!) and the flavor was awesome. Although not owning an ice cream machine may have added extra work on my part, it was still very easy to make. And since my family loved it so much, I’m thinking an ice cream maker is definitely in our future! If you own one, let me know what you think of yours! I’m thinking of this one by Cuisinart.