I love melons of all sorts be it honeydew, cantaloupe or musk melons. Summer is bearable because of all the awesome stone fruits and melons and watermelons one gets. I love to binge on them and make slushy, sorbets, smoothies, FroYos, ice creams, Granitas etc. Add a little booze for the adult versions and you just can’t go wrong with them.
Stone fruits are another love. You can do so much with them. This three ingredient sorbet is a favorite. I make it with the Honeydew melon too. The frozen melons /cantaloupes taste less sweet so if you are looking for an authentic sorbet taste so you need to add the sugar syrup or powdered sugar or honey as per your taste. It also given the sorbet like texture otherwise the blended frozen fruit may seem bland.
This no dairy alternative to ice cream is fabulous so do give it a try.
Musk Melon /Cantaloupe / honey dew Melons – 1 Cup ( 1 medium fruit cubed)
Pure Honey – As required (2-3 Tbsp approx. )
Fresh Lemon Juice – 1 Tbsp
Lemon zest – 1/4 tsp
2-3 Tbsp water ( as required)
Wash and cut the melon into half. Scoop out the fleshy seeds and then cut it into slices. Chop it further into equal size cubes.
In a tray place parchment paper and arrange the melon pieces on it. Keep enough distance so that it doesn’t become a big frozen blob. Let it freeze for 3-4 hours or till frozen completely.
In a food processor or blender jar put these frozen melon pieces and churn till the fruit becomes a crumbly mix. Keep scraping the sides to ensure uniform blending.
Add lemon juice, lemon zest, honey and water to the mix and pulse again. Add a little more water so it gets blended properly but don’t turn it into a slush.
Taste to see the sweetness. Add a little more honey if required then pulse again till you a get a sorbet like texture.
Serve immediately or freeze in a freezer friendly container for an hour or so to get the firm texture. You may pluck it with fork or spoon after 30 minutes of so to make sure that there are no icicles. High water content makes it a tad bit difficult to handle but the end result is awesome.
To choose a good melon look for these signs.
There should be no bruises, cracks, soft spots etc. The fruit should feel heavy and the color of the skin should be yellow or golden in case of musk melons. Tap it with your hand, it should sound hollow. The fruit must have that sweet fragrance so go ahead and smell it.
A good fruit will ensure a good sorbet.
You can add powdered sugar or Boora cheeni to the sorbet instead of honey but I have noticed that adding honey helps in non crystallization of water so no icicles 🙂
To make the slushy you just need to blend the fruit till it becomes a slushy by adding the right amount of water. Basil and mint go well in these sorbets and slushy.
I have stored this sorbet for two weeks in the freezer and it worked for me.
Add a little gin or vodka for that boozy taste.
Bring the summer in a bowl to your table and let me know if you liked this recipe.