Fresh 'n' zesty lemon sorbet

    1 day 30 min

    Use this lemon sorbet as a palate cleanser between courses or as a refreshingly light dessert. Serve during the summer months for maximum appreciation.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 lemon, zest only, finely diced
    • 250ml water
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 125ml lemon juice
    • 125ml sparkling water
    • 6 strips of lemon zest, for garnish

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:1day freezing  ›  Ready in:1day30min 

    1. In a saucepan, stir together the diced lemon zest, 250ml water and sugar. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
    2. In a large jug, stir together the lemon syrup with zest, lemon juice and sparkling water. Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Garnish each serving with a twist of lemon zest.
    3. If you do not have an ice cream maker, you may freeze it in a tall container. Freeze for 1 1/2 hours. Remove and stir with a whisk. Return to the freezer and stir about once every hour for about 4 hours. The more times you stir, the more air will be incorporated, resulting in a lighter finished product.

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    My husband and I made a large batch of this sorbet. We don't have a ice cream maker, but it turned out great. The only thing we will change next time is to zest the lemon peel. Our batch turned out a little bitter, and the finely diced peel was a little too chunky for our taste. But overall, it was quite good.  -  31 Jul 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This turned out really great. I used lime flavored carbonated water and strained out the lemon zest. It doesn't make a whole lot, you may want to double the recipe.  -  09 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I thought the original recipe was way to sweet. I doubled the amount of carbonated water to 1 cup and it was just right. Other than that it was very good. Nice and lemony.  -  02 Oct 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)