I know it’s winter and sorbet isn’t the first thing that springs to mind, I’m usually not even a big fan of sorbet, unless it’s chocolate. Then I’m happy to eat the whole lot… But I got asked recently to recreate a gelato/sorbet through one of my clients who had recently visited Italy. I came up with this recipe and I actually love it! It’s almost chai like, the warming spice fits perfectly with the season and colder weather. The spices gives a depth of flavour and the almond milk a richness which I like, a richness that doesn’t come from eggs yolks and double cream :)
I’d definitely recommend making this one, especially if you’re looking for a dairy free ice cream. Although it’s cold, the flavours are warming. I guess you could even have it as a chai smoothie, why not?!
I used coconut blossom nectar which has a lovely depth of flavour and is a healthier alternative to processed sugars. Maple syrup would also taste great. You can buy unsweetened natural almond milk, or make your own.
So here it is, short and sweet… Enjoy!
Apple Almond Spiced Sorbet
240g apple puree (about 4 apples) - peeled and steamed with a little lemon juice until soft, about 10 minutes.
225ml almond milk
115g coconut blossom nectar or maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ - 1/2 cardamom
In a food processor blend all the, start with using less cardamom and tasting, ground cardamom can be quite strong. I used ½ a tsp but you may like it a little milder.
Churn in an ice cream machine if you have one, if not, a possible Christmas present..? ;)
Failing that you can freeze the mixture, take it out and blend then re-freeze repeating 2-3 times. Fold through chopped almonds after churning or the last blend.
I’m off to Switzerland to cook for Christmas and New Years, I’ll try to post while I’m away but most likely see you on the other side ;) Have a very Happy Christmas !