This red currant and lime sorbet was a result of a purchase of frozen red currants for a recipe that I never ended up making. I used some of the red currants in a second batch of fruit mince and the rest to make my sorbet. I like the texture of the pips, but you can strain the mixture before churning if you would prefer it totally smooth.
I am in serious need of a lot of sleep! And hopefully by the time this blog post goes live, I will have had at least 2 nights in a row of decent snooze time. The week before our new puppy came home I really battled to sleep. It was kind of like my body was preparing me for the lack of sleep that any new baby brings into a house. The Friday before we collected her I wanted to get to bed early and sleep in late, but somehow that plan did not work out at all. We were up with the sun and headed off to the racetrack to watch the motor racing before making our way to Hout Bay. My cousin was getting married, and we had booked into a bed and breakfast for the night. We checked in, had a shower and a cup of really bad coffee before we left to drive the bridal party to the venue. We left the wedding just after 23h00 and with a 10 minute drive back to where we were spending the night, I expected to be asleep before midnight. Sadly, this was not the case as the room was too hot, even with the door open. I had a fitful night’s sleep and could not even sleep in as the breakfast service ended at 9am! The only thing decent about our breakfast was the coffee. Which was followed by an espresso at Truth Coffee Shop in Cape Town before we went to collect Scarlett. She is an adorable Boxer who is very intelligent. But her first night was not a good one and from when we went to bed at 22h00 she woke up every hour crying. Not for her 7 siblings or her mother, but at her inability to get onto the couch where Molly, our Jack Russell sleeps. Monday night she managed to stretch her sleep to 90 minute bursts and on Tuesday night she actually managed to sleep for a two hour stretch, followed by a solid 4 hours. Of course this is as much sleep as I got. On the Wednesday night she slept through, having realized she cannot get onto the couch, but Dave had to be awake at 4am on the Thursday morning and I got up with him and had my first cup of coffee. My plan was to struggle through the day, limiting my coffee intake to my usual 3 cups, and get an early night to make up for all the lost sleep. My other plan included eating ready prepared food for dinner – left over spatchcock chicken and my red currant and lime sorbet.
- 200mls water
- 200g sugar - I used fructose
- 5 sage leaves
- Juice of 2 limes
- 250g frozen red currants
- Place the water, sugar and sage into a sauce pan
- Bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves
- Reduce the temperature and leave to simmer until thickened
- Remove from the heat and measure off 200mls, retaining the sage leaves
- Leave to cool and then place into a blender with the sage leaves
- Add the lime juice and red currants
- Blend until smooth
- Pass through a sieve (if you want a smooth sorbet) and leave to chill overnight in the fridge
- Churn as per your ice cream machine manufacturers' instructions
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