Yummy note: It is time to return the favor this month with the Secret Recipe Club. One of the things I love about participating in the Secret Recipe Club is how each month a different secret blogger reveals one of your recipes. Last month, Chris from Mele Cotte featured my breakfast pizza and did it with a slight twist making it a deep dish version-- hello, what a great idea! Fast forward a month to the assignments for our SRC post in May, and hey, I know that name on my assignment... yes, I got Mele Cotte in return this month! I loved this, as I had been scoping out Mele Cotte's blog last month after she had posted my breakfast pizza remake. So I had a few recipes in mind that I had eyed. I really wanted to make one of these two- a 3 bean salad or this edamame corn salad that just screamed summer, but instead I got sidetracked with sorbet. I haven't made a good sorbet since last summer. My poor lonely ice cream maker was just collecting dust and ice crystals in the deep freeze. So why not kick off the ice cream maker season now! This avocado sorbet was a more daring flavor combination recipe for me to try that's for sure. I don't think I would have tried this combination if it wasn't for the rave reviews from Chris at Mele Cotte. I wasn't so sure on this recipe, at first, but I kept coming back to how interesting it seemed. I was afraid it was going to be like a margarita that accidentally spilled into my side of guacamole. Seriously, I wasn't so sure, so when I started mixing up the slurry, I was happily surprised by the flavor profile. I made a 2 versions - one regular as noted below and a kids' version without tequila (and I used a non-alcoholic margarita lime mix instead of the tequila). I tasted the kid's version first and it was fruity, amazingly light and refreshing. In the other, I added the tequila to that batch and it was taking a tequila shot, minus the salt ;) As mentioned in the recipe, let the sorbet soup I call it, chill overnight before churning it in the ice cream maker. I think the flavors really are much better. I really didn't notice the avocado/guacamole profile that I was concerned with originally, whew. At the end, the avocados really made it a nice consistency and creamy for a non-dairy sorbet.
3 ripe large avocados (roughly 2 cups)
1 ½ cups water
1 ¼ cups sugar
¼ cup fresh lime juice (roughly 2 limes)
1/3 cup tequila*
Lime zest/slices for garnish
*if wish to make the non-alcoholic kids version, omit the tequila and add some non-alcoholic margarita mix or lime juice/lemonade instead.
Peel and pit 3 ripe large avocados. Pulse with either a stick hand blender or food processor until smooth. Place the avocado puree in a bowl and add the water, sugar, lime juice and tequila. Pulse until well combined. Next, refrigerate the slurry mixture for atleast 1 hour or overnight. Once chilled, transfer the avocado mixture into your chilled ice cream maker reservoir. Make sure to freeze your ice cream maker container according to the directions, mine takes atleast 6-8 hours for the container to initially freeze, so make sure it is ready when you go to process your sorbet. Process according to the directions on your maker, mine took about 20-25 minutes. Once the sorbet is done and to the desired thickness, transfer into an airtight container and place in the freezer to firm up, if desired, even more before serving. Garnish with a little lime zest, if desired, or next time I think I might even try a nice raspberry sauce drizzle to add some color and flavor too. Recipe makes about 8 servings at ½-cup servings each. Store in the freezer for up to 1 week. Note, the sorbet is softer if you use the alcohol, however if you omit it, the texture is a bit more icier and hard; so you may want to soften it a bit before serving.
|Just a few ingredients make this easy sorbet.|
|Add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse until smooth.|
|Churn, churn, churn.. Just look at that color! It is like ogre green!!|
|After about 20 minutes, the avocado sorbet is almost done.|
|Here is the soft set avocado sorbet.|
Be sure to check out the other bloggers in this month's Secret Recipe Club group C for their recreations!