The key to a great sorbet lies in the fruit; it must be ripe and prepared accordingly. For example, a melon sorbet requires peeled and seeded melon; strawberries should be washed and de-stemmed; blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are usually good to go.
1 cup (250 mL) water
1 cup (250 mL) sugar
4 cups (1 L) ripe fruit
2 Tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
Make a simple syrup by dissolving the sugar into boiling water; stir in lemon juice and desired fruit and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes before pureing in blender or food processor. Freeze according to the directions on the ice cream maker.
While it is possible to make a sorbet without an ice cream maker by taking the mixture out of the freezer every hour or so to manually break up the ice crystals, this is both time consuming and no guarantee of texture. An inexpensive machine ($40 and up) will make simple work of any sorbet.
source: "SOBO's Sophisticated Bohemians", alive #304, February 2008
Tarts are timeless, and a good tart is always a people-pleaser. And who doesn’t love something with chocolate in any form? This classic tart is so easy to make with fresh fruit and hints of orange in a delicious chocolate crust. Once firm, it cuts like a dream into 16 easy slices. Fruity faves This remarkable tart lends itself well to a bevy of flavours. We conjoined raspberries with chocolate and orange in our tart. But you can stretch the boundaries with all sorts of fruits such as mango, pineapple, and papaya. If you’re longing to go somewhere tropical but the opportunity has scooted away, make this timely tart and fill it with the flavours of the tropics.
This cozy winter drink is perfect for sipping by the fireside. Serve it up with our Maple Pecans. It’s soothingly delicious and creamy served hot or cold. Plant milks We’ve suggested oat milk for an ultimate creamy beverage in our recipe. But any plant milk will be equally delicious. Other possibilities include unsweetened soy, almond, rice, and regular dairy milk products. Iced maple milk affogato A true Italian affogato is vanilla gelato or ice cream doused in espresso. In our version we place 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream in a glass and douse it with our hot Dreamy Maple Sipper. Shave some dark chocolate on top and gratings of nutmeg. Serve with a tall spoon. Delicious!
Here’s the perfect recipe for a fireside snack attack. It’s so easy and can be made ahead and stored in a tightly covered container in the fridge or freezer without losing crispness. Delicious served with a hot toddy. Crunchy munchies Switch out pecans for Brazil nuts or walnuts, or even mixed nuts. The trick is to use raw nuts, as opposed to roasted, as these would become too toasted. Try playing with different spices such as cinnamon or curry powder. These are delicious served on crostini that’s been spread with our Creamy Feta Dip.