As DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince once rapped in that (ahem, my) 90’s favorite, Summertime:
Here it is, a recipe slightly transformed
Just a bit of a break from the norm
Just a little somethin’ to break the monotony
Of all that hardcore heat that has gotten to be
A little bit out of control …
Time to make sorbet and unwind.
At least that’s how I remember the song going. Of course, this summer heat could be getting to me and I might not be remembering the lyrics quite right. One thing I am certain of is that when it’s summer, it’s a great time to make Sorbet.
You might say, “but Fucci, I have a tiny kitchen and no room for an ice cream maker….you know that.”
It’s true! I do know that…which is why I want to show you how to make a great watermelon sorbet WITHOUT an ice cream maker.
“But Fucci, I don’t have one of those fancy combination food processors/blenders that you show in your video.”
To that I say, no problem! Sure, I made the Watermelon Sorbet using the Food Processor attachment because it does work a little better…but a regular blender works just fine…you might just need a touch more liquid to get things going. And if you don’t have one of those, well, you can pick one up for 10-15 bucks. (I actually saw one at Macy’s for $9.99 a couple weeks ago).
If you have a tiny kitchen like me and like to cook, though, I might recommend looking into one of the Blender/Food Processor Combos. The same size as a regular blender and it gives you the ability to do soooo much more. I love mine.
Anyway, back to the recipe. It could not be easier. Cut. Freeze. Blend. Eat. That’s it! You can freeze up the watermelon anytime. Store it in an air tight container or Freezer bag in the freezer for up to a few days. Technically, you can keep it for longer than that, but just like ice…if you leave it in the freezer too long, sometimes it starts to taste, well, like the stuff in the freezer. But for a few days…no problem.
You might even find yourself a new snack. Frozen watermelon cubes are addictive. And they make a great addition to a tall glass of ice water…just throw two or three cubes in there for a fruit infused glass of ice water.
And for the adults out there, when you’re blending the watermelon sorbet, you can even add a splash or two of your favorite Rum to this recipe. Voila! Freshly made Watermelon Daiquiri Sorbet. Yum!
Can’t wait for you to try this recipe…and if you have kids, get them involved…this is a fun one! As always, I love to see your creations. Post a pic on Instagram and tag us (@tinykitchenTV)!
Yield 4 servings
Summer’s Hot. Sorbet’s Cool. This Tiny Kitchen Big Taste Watermelon Sorbet is simple one to churn up…WITHOUT an ice cream maker.
SO WHAT YOU'RE GONNA NEED IS:
- (2) cups Watermelon, cubed: Available Here
- (1 1/2) teaspoons Lemon Juice: Available Here
- (1/2) cup Sugar: Available Here
- (1/4) cup Water: from your tap
YOU'LL ALSO NEED:
- Baking sheet: Available Here
- Non-stick Aluminum Foil: Available Here
- Small Food Processor: Available Here
- Silicone Spatula: Available Here
- Glass Measuring Cup: Available Here
- Juicer (optional): Available Here
- Sharp Knife: Available Here
- Cut Watermelon into 1/4 cubes.
- Place cubed Watermelon on a Baking Sheet lined with Non-Stick Aluminum Foil.
- Chill for 3-4 hours or until completely frozen.
- When the Watermelon is frozen and ready to use, create a concentrated simple syrup in a small Glass Measuring Cup by bringing Water to a boil.
- Add Sugar and Lemon Juice. Mix until dissolved.
- Add frozen Watermelon to Food Processor (Note: don’t overpack it…you can always add more or make it in a couple of batches.)
- Pour in about 2 Tablespoons of hot Simple Syrup and begin processing. Continue to add Simple Syrup until you get to desired sweetness and consistency. (Note: if you reach the level of sweetness that you want but it is not quite smooth enough, add hot water until smooth.)
Enjoy immediately or store in Freezer to harden a touch. Stores well for about 2-3 days!