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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Grapefruit Sorbet - Pink Saturday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a light and lovely dessert that's a perfect way to end a heavy summer meal. I started to make this sorbet when ruby red grapefruit juice became available at our warehouse store. There are purists who will insist the ice should be made with fresh grapefruit juice. They are right, but there are times when life gets in the way and shortcuts become necessary. It's also hard to set those shortcuts aside when they are successful. My recipe relies on commercial grapefruit juice, but uses a scant spoonful of zest to heighten the taste of the finished sorbet. I also use vodka in this recipe because it helps prevent the sorbet from becoming impossibly hard in the freezer. This is a trick that works well with all homemade ice cream. I hope those of you who enjoy tart desserts will give this one a try. The recipe was originally develop Chef Chris Green who works for the Viking test kitchen. It is easy and delicious. Here's the recipe.

Grapefruit Sorbet...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Chris Green

Ingredients:
2 large ruby grapefruits, juiced, or 1-1/2 cups pink grapefruit juice
1 teaspoon grapefruit zest (zest before juicing grapefruit)
1/2 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vodka

Directions:
1) Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Cool completely.
2) Combine grapefruit juice, zest and sugar/water mixture with vodka in a metal bowl. Chill in refrigerator or by placing the metal bowl over a larger bowl filled with ice water until 40 degrees.
3) Pour chilled mixture into container of an ice cream machine and churn until frozen. Scoop frozen sorbet into a container. Seal and transfer container to freezer for several hours to allow sorbet to firm up. It can be kept frozen for up to 3 days. Yield: 4 servings.

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This post is being linked to:
Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

58 comments :

Ginny said...

I wish I could taste this, and it is almost too pretty to eat. What a great tip about a bit of alcohol to keep it from getting too hard!

Sanjeeta kk said...

Looks scrumptious and tempting to grab it from my lap top :) Lovely clicks Mary.

Kamalika said...

Lovely colour....looks so yammyyy...

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

looks so delicious and light... I love the sharpness off a sorbet! Currently preparing a multitude of dishes for our local village show today... all very exciting so feel free to drop by the blog to say hi and wish me luck!

Nina Timm said...

Love the colour and I love grapefruit.This must be so refreshing!!

Ana Powell said...

So delicate and represents:"sugar and spice and everything nice".
Wishing you a great weekend ♥

Alessandra said...

I could do with one of these right now, it is hot again in Italy... pink grapefruit is one of my little boy's favourite ice cream flavours (without vodka, of course :-)

eileeninmd said...

Looks like great treat and a nice way to cool off. Sounds Yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Happy Pink Saturday!

Jess @ Bakericious said...

the sorbet looks so good, great to have in such hot weather now. I love the lovely pink color :)

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

I love the fact that use use juice from your club, genius! It's very pretty and looks so refreshing. Thanks and have a happy weekend.

pigpigscorner said...

This looks and sounds lovely! The oclour is so pretty!

Pam said...

Mary, it looks great and I can imagine how delicious this is with pink grapefruit. Refreshing!

Big Dude said...

Sure lokks light a refreshing. Would work great in our 90*+ weather.

Kim said...

What a fresh idea, a grapefruit sorbet, it looks so good!

Allie and Pattie said...

Lovely! And I saw some beautiful red grapefruits at the market yesterday....
xoxo Pattie

Brenda said...

I'm so glad you posted this recipe Mary. I have an ice cream/frozen yogurt/sorbet maker coming my way shortly and I'm looking for some great recipes. Sorbet is my husband's favourite. I also didn't know that trick re the vodka. Now I know. Thank you!

Julie said...

Beautiful! Sorbets are my favorite for a light dessert. I use vodka as well to keep it from getting too hard. Happy PInk Saturday.

Katerina said...

This sorbet is perfect for the hot days we have here in Greece! Thanks for sharing Mary.

Carol at Serendipity said...

Mary,

Just a lovely dessert. Thanks for the tip about the vodka!

Have a great weekend and Happy Pink Saturday!

Carol

bj said...

Ahhh, this sounds so light and delicious...and the PERFECT color for Pink Saturday.
xo bj

Jeannie said...

I love the color very much and I know I will love the taste too b'cos I like tart sorbets:D It's so appetising!

From the Kitchen said...

This would be a perfect afternoon treat for the front porch. Even the color is right. I know what you mean about shortcuts. Sometimes, they are necessary. I've been surprised by how well some do work--even better than the laborious route at times!

Best,
Bonnie

PeggyR said...

That sounds wonderful. Being on cholesterol meds we can't have grapefruit. We sneak it once and a while though..

bellini valli said...

It sounds so refreshing mary. I love the tartness of grapefruit!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Have book marked this one, it really looks so fresh and inviting. Thanks for the tip on vodka. Diane

Kath said...

What a beautiful sorbet, and I love the tip about using a bit of vodka to keep it from freezing too hard. Thanks so much for that!

Monet said...

I had never heard about the vodka...what a great tip. I love grapefruit, and I imagine that the sweet/tartness would be especially refreshing during these last hot weeks of summer.

♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ said...

ice cream maker is in my list to have soon... and definitely this sorbet is in the list to make... enjoy your weekend Mary!

xo,
Malou

Gloria said...

This look heavenly! I love the colour! xxx gloria

Priya said...

Pleasant looking sorbet..

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Your pink grapefruit sorbet looks amazing. You offer such helpful tips here...I never knew that about the vodka. The zest adds such a nice touch too :) xo

We Are Not Martha said...

I absolutely love grapefruit and have a feeling this is super refreshing and perfect for after a meal... Or in between courses.

Or, you know, for breakfast. It's so beautiful!

Sues

Celeste said...

I just bought my first ice cream machine and I am SOOOO excited to try this. It sounds delicious and refreshing! Thanks for the post :)

Keeley said...

I love grapefruit and there's nothing wrong with a shortcut, especially since grapefruits aren't in season during the warm months! I'll be picking up the ingredients for this next time I'm at the store.

Adelina said...

It looks delightful! Love your tips with vodka- did not know it can be used for this purpose as well :)

Susan said...

This will definitely be in the ice cream freezer once we get back to Florida. The Trout has fond memories of eating grapefruit gelatto in Italy. It was his all time favorite.

squirrelbread said...

I've been eying up a sorbet recipe similar to this that also pairs champagne with ruby red grapefruit. Sounds lovely, as does this! Thanks for popping onto squirrel bread. Look forward to checking in often.

Cheers,

*Heather*

Houdini said...

A great hint, using vodka, love it for another reason, too ;-)

Kim @ Two Good Cookies said...

I love grapefruit. It's totally under used. This look amazing.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Love the vodka trick! This looks so refreshing. Hubby can't have grapefruit but I love it. I wouldn't even have to share! Thanks. :)

Janet Marie said...

Ooooo!!! Grapefruit ~ one of my favorite fruit!! Oooooooo...again!

Yum.

Marly said...

I really like grapefruit and don't eat it enough so this looks like a great recipe to try. Thanks for sharing!

Country Dreaming said...

This has such a pretty color to it.

Melinda

lostpastremembered said...

what a beautiful photo... it positively glows. Grapefruit sorbet is so refreshing on a hot day... must try to make it myself sometime!

ButterYum said...

Just look at that color - amazing!

:)
ButterYum

Annie said...

Mary this sorbet sounds delicious, thank you for the recipe and the tip about putting alcohol in the mix.
Have a nice weekend

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Such a refreshingly light dessert and beautiful color too.

Under Urooba's Umbrella! said...

OH YUMMY IN MY TUMMY.
I've been looking for great cooking blogs and alas! here's yours!

Thanks for the lovely comment!

CailinMarie said...

Mary! That sounds fabulous. I am beginning to think I need to request that you have your blog printed out and bound so I can just keep a copy in the kitchen!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

This is one of the very first sorbets that I made . I love ruby reds and make this whenever they are in season. I would think commercial juice would work great This is so refreshing!

My Little Space said...

Mary, I wonder how long can these ice cream last? See, how many grandchildren of yours are here? haha.... Even the little chubby can eat a few scoops of these! haha... Have fun!
Cheers, kristy

Sweet and Savory said...

I would not have thought of grapefruit sorbet. It sounds delicious.

Jenn said...

Oh, I so wish that I could have a bowl of that right now! It looks wonderful, Mary!

Debinhawaii said...

It looks refreshing and delicious--a pretty pink color too. ;-)

Salsa Verde said...

I love grapefruit. It looks very refreshing!
Love,
Lia.

Eliana said...

This sorbet looks perfect in every day. Will have to make myself a batch before the summer is over.

Beverly said...

This looks so refreshing. We always had a grapefruit tree in our backyard when living in south Florida. And, I love grapefruit.

Unfortunately, I am not supposed to eat it anymore because of a medication I take.

Happy Belated Pink Saturday, Mary. Your little kitchen assistants are just absolutely adorable.

The Food Hunter said...

sounds wonderful.

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