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Saturday, January 28, 2012

clementine sorbet. because blood oranges are too expensive.

ciao bella blood orange sorbet. a very good thing. sometimes the perfect thing. the just what you need thing. the hmmm i should try making that thing.
the surprising, mysteriously blood colored pulp that seems to seep through the shiny, protective skin and into the fruit is beautiful. 
and interesting. 
and bizarre. 
and really just very expensive. too expensive for sorbet.
 so i decided to forgo making blood orange sorbet. instead i chose a lovely and vastly more economical citrus. the clementine. the clementine is, on its own, a perfect snack--easy to peel and sweet and bright and exciting to eat. and it turns out that it makes for some pretty incredible sorbet, too.

ingredients for the sorbet:
3 cups clementine juice
1 cup sugar
1 cups water
juice of 1 lemon
zest of 1 lemon
 to make the sorbet:
1. cut the clementines in half and juice them until you have three cups. hopefully you have a juicer. if you don't, this will be an awfully tedious process. 
2. combine the clementine juice with the lemon juice and zest.
3. heat the water and sugar in a saucepan over medium high heat and stir it as it boils. when the sugar dissolves remove it from the heat. 
4. combine all the ingredients and pour them into an ice cream maker for as long as your ice cream maker takes to make sorbet. mine took 20 minutes. freeze the sorbet for at least 2 hours before serving.
if you want to be unnecessarily fancy you can serve the sorbet in an actual clementine! cut the top off a clementine and scoop out the fruit (this is actually surprisingly easy in clementines). fill with sorbet and freeze until serving. that's it! who doesn't want to eat clementine sorbet out of an actual clementine??!


  1. your clementine sorbet is better than any of the blood orange sorbets i've ever tasted.