Creamy Lemon Sorbet with Mint

Ingredients:

  • 4 large lemons, juiced and zested
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Lemon-Mint Syrup:

    • In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar completely dissolves.
    • Add the chopped mint leaves and continue to simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let the syrup steep for another 5 minutes to infuse the mint flavor. Strain the syrup into a bowl to remove the mint leaves. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
  2. Make the Sorbet Base:

    • In a large bowl, combine the freshly squeezed lemon juice, lemon zest, and the cooled mint-infused syrup. Mix well until fully incorporated.
    • Stir in the heavy cream until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy.
  3. Churn the Sorbet:

    • Pour the sorbet base into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This usually takes about 20-25 minutes.
  4. Prepare the Serving:

    • While the sorbet is churning, set a dark stone slate or a black background on the serving surface to create an attractive presentation. You can also add a light layer of smoke if desired for a dramatic effect.
    • Once the sorbet reaches the desired consistency (creamy and frozen), scoop it onto the dark stone slate or black background using a metal scoop. Place the scoop nearby for a close-up shot.
  5. Garnish and Serve:

    • Decorate the lemon sorbet with fresh mint leaves, sprinkling them on top to make the dessert look more appetizing and visually appealing.
    • Serve the lemon-mint sorbet immediately or place it in the freezer for a firmer texture if desired. Enjoy this refreshing and creamy sorbet with a zesty lemon and mint flavor!

Note: If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still make this sorbet by pouring the sorbet base into a shallow dish and freezing it. Every 30 minutes, stir the mixture with a fork to break up ice crystals until the sorbet reaches the desired consistency.

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