Monday, March 24, 2008

Simple Pineapple Sorbet

I normally do not have a craving for sweets- I just never had a sweet tooth- except for diet coke I guess.

But once in a while, it does hit me, and I then go for not-too-sweet desserts- dark chocolate, coconut laddoos (without sugar), Splenda-ed apple pies and fresh sorbets.

The last addition is the newest to the list, since I specifically am really not into sorbets and ice-creams- way too sweet. And then I figured out how to make my own, low-sugar, low-cal version, thusly:

- 1 cup frozen pineapple (thats what I used, but just wash and freeze ur fav sorbet-worthy fruits: berries, melons, etc.- overnight)
- 1/4 cup green tea, cold- you could substitute this with any fruit juices, per preference.

- Sugar or artificial sweetner of your choice, per your sugar-level preferences- I didn't add any.
- A few sprigs of mint or basil.

Dump everything into your mixer, and hit the "crush ice option". After a while, you will have a very thick smoothy. You can drink this up as such, or put in a container and freeze for about an hour for some perfectly decent sorbet.

It looks pretty, and is very refreshing, esp. with the mint/basil thing going on. I also felt super virtuous, since pineapple is supposedly a negative calorie food.


1- Because I used unsweetened tea, as well as basil, the pineapple's sweetness as well as tartness were subdued- you could use this as a palate cleanser between courses, rather than dessert.

2- I used unsweetened, cold green tea as the liquid addition to reduce the sweetness in my sorbet. You could sweeten it, or try any of the following fruit-liquid combos, or try one of your own; just ensure that the fruit is frozen and the liquid cold:

  • Strawbeeries and mango juice
  • Mangoes and green tea
  • Oranges and jasmine tea (not steeped too long)
  • Blueberries and Orange
  • Melons and lemonade
  • Peaches and jasmine tea (not steeped too long)

Aside: I got a chance to trot out my little Chinese tea cups for serving, which have been in the family for 15 years, and had never been used until today :)

Disclaimer: I do not have an affiliation with any brands mentioned in this posting.