Monday, September 23, 2013

my experiment with corn syrup & lime cilantro sorbet



after we finished shopping for my wedding dress a couple of weeks ago, we stopped into a cute little gelato place for a quick snack. they had such fun and weird flavors -- hot pepper, basil lemon, thai coconut milk, pineapple mint, black sesame, etc. -- that we had to try some. and i think i've found my new favorite flavor: lime cilantro. it's amazing: refreshing, delicious, and unique. 

when i got back home, i decided to try and make it. the only problem was that i'm still baffled by gelato; is it ice cream, sorbet, some where in between? i decided i would make sorbet instead. plus, i wanted to try out something new i learned: using corn syrup makes smoother, less icy sorbet. i was skeptical, mainly because i'm skeptical of corn syrup, but it was worth a shot. 

my experiment totally paid off. the sorbet is creamy, smooth, and not at all icy. a total 180 from the way my sorbets normally are. and it only took a tiny bit of corn syrup. 

 

lime cilantro sorbet
1 c. fresh squeezed lime juice + 1 c. water + 1 c. sugar + 1/4 c. light corn syrup + lime zest from a couple of limes + leaves from one bunch of cilantro + 1 tbsp. sugar

mix lime juice, water, sugar, corn syrup, and lime zest. make sure the sugar dissolves -- to do this you may have to put the whole mixture on the stove for a little.

mash the cilantro leaves and a tablespoon of sugar together until the cilantro is pulpy. 

mix the cilantro mixture with the lime mixture. use a blender stick to get the cilantro leaves small. 

put the whole mixture into the ice cream maker.