Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pomegranate and Mint Sorbet

Hi, my name is Page and I have an addiction to my ice cream maker.

Whew, I feel better now that I got that off my chest. My waistline, however, does not feel better about the added poundage as a result from the ice cream maker addiction. So Giada came to my rescue Saturday morning on Giada at Home.

She made this wonderful looking sorbet and I had to have it. Plus it's all fruit juice with some sugar and chocolate chips...it's healthy!!! My waistline thanked me for sticking to something without heavy cream.

The only thing I would change about Giada's recipe would be the addition to a couple tablespoons of vodka. The sorbet has turned into a big brick in my freezer, so I think the added vodka would help it stay scoopable.

Pomegranate and Mint Sorbet
Source: Giada

1 cup Mint Simple Syrup, recipe follows
2 cups 100 percent pomegranate juice (recommended: Pom Wonderful)
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

Special equipment: an ice cream maker

In a glass pitcher, combine the Mint Simple Syrup, pomegranate juice, and orange juice. Pour the pomegranate mixture in an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. During the last 10 minutes of freezing time, add the mini chocolate chips.

Scoop the sorbet into dessert bowls and garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

Mint Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 packed cup packed fresh mint leaves
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and mint leaves over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool for 20 minutes. Strain before using.

Yield: 1 cup

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