A sorbetto is not a gelato. It has no fat added (dairy or eggs) so it has a completely different consistency to ice cream.
Sorbetto is made with fruit and sugar. Restaurants use it as a "cleanser" to the palate during those traditional multi-course Italian meals which seem to go on forever.
To make a traditional sorbetto you first make a syrup with fruit and sugar and then you freeze it.
I was wondering whether there was a way to make a refreshing sorbetto without sugar and yes, I have tested it and it worked very well.
Find fruit that's nice a ripe and you will enjoy the natural sweetness of the fruit which is better anyway.
You can choose any fruit you like. Bananas are good because they are quite creamy. Pineapple is very refreshing and healthy and goes well with a little coconut milk added.
Watermelon is also really great for summer along with strawberries and fresh berries... well almost all fruit is good for a sorbetto!
You can make it in advance if you like and then store it in the freezer but you will need to quickly whiz it again before serving it.
- Prep Time : 10 minutes
- fresh fruit (pineapple, watermelon, peaches, mangos, bananas, strawberries..)
- coconut milk - great with pineapple
- mint leaves - to decorate
Cut the fruit into pieces, put it in a food bag and then in the freezer for at least 3 hours.
If you are making pineapple sorbetto freeze a few cubes of coconut milk as well to add some creaminess. For half pineapple I have added 4 cubes of coconut milk.
Put the frozen fruit (and coconut milk if using) in a food processor and whiz, slowly first and then faster, until smooth.
Scoop out and serve.
Decorate with mint leaves and a sprinkle of cocoa powder with banana sorbetto.