It is definitely hot out, and there is nothing more fun in the summer, than getting a cool treat. So why not make your own. I know that we don’t all have ice cream makers, but there is still a quick way to make your own cool treats. My Strawberry Banana Sorbet can be made in a food processor or blender. And if strawberries and bananas are not your thing I have provided you with plenty of other options in the recipe to create your own favorite sorbet.
1. Wash your hands.
2. For this recipe you will need measuring cups and spoons, a large spoon or rubber spatula, a medium storage container, food processor or large blender, a knife and cutting board, a small sauté pan and the stove
If you are not allowed to use a knife, food processor or the stove or oven by yourself, you can ask an adult for help.
ChefElla’s Strawberry Banana Sorbet (4-6 cups)
1 lb. Strawberries, Fresh or Sliced Frozen
-If you are using fresh strawberries you will need to slice them.
8 oz. Banana, Sliced (About 2 medium bananas)
¼ Cup Sugar, Granulated
¼ Cup Water
2 Tbl. Lemon Juice, Fresh Squeezed
NOTE: This recipe has a hint of banana flavor. If you like a lot of banana flavor use 12 oz. of bananas and 12 oz. of strawberries.
3. Earlier in the day, or the night before, slice your bananas and strawberries. Spread the fruit evenly over a baking sheet. Place the pan of fruit into the freezer. Do not pile up the fruit because you do not want it to freeze into clumps. If you are using frozen sliced strawberries, you will only need to freeze the bananas on a baking sheet.
4. Turn your stove to medium heat. You are going to make a simple syrup. Add the water and sugar to the small sauté pan and mix well. Bring the water and sugar up to a simmer, where the liquid is just bubbling, adjust the heat to keep the mixture just bubbling and cook for 2 minutes. Set the simple syrup aside to cool for tomorrow.
5. To make your sorbet, add your simple syrup and fresh squeezed lemon juice to your food processor bowl. Add the frozen berries and bananas. Pulse your food processor to begin blending the fruit. As the fruit begins to blend you may need to stop the machine and fold over the fruit using your spoon. Continue to blend the mixture until it begins to look like a thick smoothie and there are no lumps.
6. If you are not going to serve your sorbet right away. Spread your sorbet into a medium storage container, cups or whatever kind of container you want to keep your sorbet in and place it in the freezer for later. And if you have one of those cool popsicle molds you can pour your sorbet into the mold to make your own sorbet-sicles.
7. If you are storing your sorbet for later, let it sit out for a few minutes to begin to thaw before serving.
You can make your own favorite sorbet by using different kinds of fruits like raspberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, etc. You can roast or grill your fruits before freezing them. You can also change the flavor of your sorbet by cooking different herbs into your simple syrup like mint, cinnamon, or basil. You can try honey or agave instead of simple syrup, or you can choose lime instead of lemon. You can also fold in different foods to the sorbet when it is done like coconut, chocolate chips, or fresh fruit pieces. And you can even freeze your sorbet into ice cubes and put them in lemonade or your favorite drink for a fun treat.
ChefElla’s helpers can help by:
Measuring the ingredients
Adding the ingredients to the food processor
Placing the fruit on the baking sheet
If you use a butter knife your little helpers can even slice the bananas
Older helpers can help by:
Running the food processor
Cooking the simple syrup