About 2 months ago, I was at Woodbury commons (a glorious outlet mall for those who aren’t fortunate enough to know). After spending about half the day in the polo outlet with my boyfriend comparing seemingly identical t-shirts with pony’s on them, it was my turn. I turned the corner and saw the William Sonoma outlet. Music started playing somewhere. After pacing the isles in awe, I settled upon an ice cream maker on major sale and headed to the checkout line. Enter rain clouds and the most torrential downpour I’ve ever experienced. I realized that the sprint to the car might be difficult carrying the ice cream maker, so defeated, I put it back on the shelf.
So after that riveting story, you might wonder how I made this beautiful looking sorbet? A food processor! It could really not have been easier. I got the idea from my Rancho la Puerta spa cookbook but kind of improvised. First step is to pick your fruit. Peaches are my ultimate favorite summer fruit so it was not a question.
Peel the peaches and cut into chunks. Put the chunks into a ziplock back and let freeze overnight. Pull them out about 10 minutes before you puree them. My food processor couldn’t really conquer them until they thawed a bit.
Because I wanted to keep it healthy and pure tasting, I only added a tiny bit of sweetness. I put about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar mixed with about 1 teaspoon of water in the microwave for a few seconds so the sugar dissolved. I poured it into the food processor with the peach chunks and let it rip. The texture was shockingly smooth and creamy. Hit the spot on a hot summer night. Take that ice cream maker owners!
Nutritional Value: As far as dessert goes, you really can’t beat this. It’s essentially straight up peaches with a tiny bit of brown sugar. I’ve also heard that eating/drinking very cold things actually burns calories because your body ask to expend energy bringing it up to body temp. Can’t promise it’s true, but if it’s another reason to make this sorbet I’ll take it.
No Ice Cream Maker Peach Sorbet
- 4 ripe peaches (can also use plums or berries)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar + 1 tspn water (can also use maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey to sweeten)…use more if you want a sweeter sorbet or use none if you really want to be a purist
1. Peel peaches, remove pit, and cut into chunks. Put chunks in a large ziplock bag and put in the freezer overnight.
2. Remove from freezer and let sit 10 minutes. Mix brown sugar and water and microwave for about 10 seconds so sugar dissolves. Pour mixture in with the peaches and puree in the food processor until smooth.
3. Transfer to container and return to the freezer. Remove at least 10 minutes before eating or pop in the microwaver for a few seconds to thaw slightly. Enjoy!!