What is a sorbet? A short overview
A bit of history first
Sorbet is a very old way of making ice cream. Already in the Antiquity brought slaves from the mountains of ice. That which had not melted in the end was mixed with fruits or spices and thus represents the Preform of the sorbets dar.
At that time it was called Shear bed. The word means "drink" and has its roots in the Persian and Turkish languages. If you want to learn a little more about the history of ice cream, you can do so in my article "How the ice was invented" read up.
The sorbet of today
In Italian it's called sorbetto. We use the French term "sorbet". In the high kitchen sorbet is often served as Intermediate course in the menu, to serve as a loosener and neutralizer. But also as Dessert it's very popular.
There are exact Guidelineswhat a sorbet can and cannot contain these days:
- it must consist of at least 25% Fruit/vegetable content exist
- for citrus fruits and very intensive vegetables, the percentage may be reduced to 15% or 10%
- there are also other variants, whereby the main ingredient, the sorbet, gives the name to the sorbet (e.g. champagne sorbet)
- it may Protein be added
- it may, however no milk or cream be present
Since sorbets do not contain any dairy products, this type of ice cream is particularly suitable for allergy sufferers or people with Lactose intolerance popular. Various Ice cream recipes without milk or also vegan recipes you can find here with me.
At Sorbet recipes are the Fantasy no limits are set. Especially if you make your own ice cream, you can try many unusual combinations. In the ice cream parlors there are now often more unusual variants such as basil sorbet. Should you like such sorbets, then I can give you my recipe for a refreshing apple celery sorbet which can also be served very well as an intermediate course.
The Classics but are still Strawberry-, lemon, Raspberry- or Mango sorbet. In the future I will introduce you to unusual recipes in addition to the classic varieties, such as a very nice recipe for a creamy chocolate sorbet.
Difference Sorbet and Granita
One type of ice cream that is sometimes confused with sorbet is the granite or the Granita. Granitas, unlike sorbet, are more coarse-grained. During freezing, the ice sheet is only crushed, for example with a fork. This creates larger ice crystals. Granita is a type of ice cream that only in freezer and not in the ice cream machine may be produced. Why not try a Cucumber granita with mint or a Mulled wine ice cream for Christmas.
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