Sorbet is a refreshing frozen dessert made mainly from fruit puree, sugar and water. Unlike traditional ice cream, which contains milk, cream and/or eggs, sorbet is usually dairy-free, making it a popular alternative for people with lactose intolerance or vegans.
The preparation of sorbet begins with mixing fruit puree or fruit juice, sugar and often a small amount of stabilizers or acidifiers to optimize texture and flavor. The fruit puree can be made from a variety of fruits, such as berries, citrus or tropical fruits, allowing for a wide range of flavors.
The amount of sugar varies depending on the recipe and personal preference, but it is important for the consistency of the sorbet. Sugar helps prevent the formation of large ice crystals by lowering the freezing point of the mixture and providing a smoother texture. To turn the mixture into a sorbet, it is stirred in an ice cream maker or freezer while it freezes. This process allows the formation of small ice crystals and prevents the sorbet from becoming hard and impenetrable.
Sorbets are known for their intense fruit flavors and refreshing, slightly melting consistency. They are often served as desserts, snacks or as a refreshing accompaniment to savory dishes.