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I know some of you may be thinking… “Seriously Brandon? I just got done shoveling myself out of 10 feet of snow. Totally not in the mood to make sorbet.” Being that I lived a good portion of my life on the East Coast, I can certainly sympathize with those of you dealing with the snow right now. But now I live in San Diego. It is 78 degrees and sunny today (don’t hate), so this sorbet is perfectly appropriate. Granny Smith apples are steeped in a mixture of sparkling cider and sugar and then churned into a luscious, frozen treat. I really like what the apple puree does for the texture. This sorbet seems smoother (almost creamier) than my others. Serve this Green Apple and Sparkling Cider Sorbet with some thinly sliced apples, a dollop of whipped cream and a dusting of ground cinnamon. Yum.
Green Apple and Sparkling Cider Sorbet
- 4 Granny Smith apples (about 2 pounds)
- 2 cups sparkling apple cider
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste (about ½ teaspoon)
- Do not peel your apples. Keeping the skins on, cut the apples into quarters and scoop out cores and seeds (I used a corer and then quartered). Cut each quarter into 1 inch pieces (one slice lengthwise, two crosswise).
- In a medium saucepan, combine sparkling cider, sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the apple chunks, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the apples steep covered until the mixture reaches room temperature.
- Pour the apples and their liquid through a coarse mesh strainer into a clean bowl. Using a silicon spatula, press the cooked apples to get all of the pulp through the strainer.* Don't fuss with the skins, just try to extract the flavorful pulp and juice. Discard the peels. Stir in lemon juice to taste.
- Cover the mixture and place in the refrigerator to chill thoroughly.
- Freeze sorbet in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
I’m TOTALLY hating! 78 degrees?!?!? The sorbet sounds delish!
Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs says
Sorbet sounds great to me too since it is 86°F here today.
Sounds wonderful! I had a sparkling apple sorbet a few
years ago as part of a tasting menu at a fancypants restaurant, and
I’ve been dying to try to recreate it ever since. Thanks so much
for sharing the recipe.
Karen Clippinger says
Sounds delish! I wonder can you just freeze the ingredients if you dont have an ice cream machine. I’m dying to try your meyer sorbet but I dont know if it will work. What do you think??
Brandon Matzek says
@Isabelle Interesting! It tastes like cold, fancy applesauce 🙂 So delish!
@Karen Here is a resource on making ice cream without an ice cream making:
Enjoy! Let me know how it turns out 🙂
Evan Thomas says
This sorbet sounds very refreshing! But I couldn’t imagine it in the 20 degree weather we’re having. 78 and sunny?! I need to book myself a vacation.
Kate @ Diethood.com says
I love sorbet. I don’t care that it is 15 degrees out there – I’d love a scoop of that!
Nicole @ The Dirty Oven says
Wow!!! Just looks amazing. Love the idea of using apples and sparkling cider. Love your photos. Alas, someday I hope to be as good as you!
Belinda @zomppa says
This would make me forget the cold! What a perfect combination!
It is recipes like this that I bought an ice cream maker
for. Can’t wait to try.
Kooky Girl says
We’re cold here in London, but the recipe still sounds delicious.
C&C Cakery says
Welp, now I’m in the mood for sorbet. Even though I’m freezing my buns off. Your recipe looks too good to wait for the sun!
Jennie @ Oh, Sweet Day! says
What a refreshing sorbet!!!
Medifast Coupon says
What a great so it yourself, no fuss no muss way to enjoy a frozen treat! Splendid idea!
pics are amazing and loved the recipe!
It’s 15 degrees here today, and I’m drinking hot tea, so I have to bookmark the reci[e , when it’s 78 degrees, In June:)
richard gagliardo says
hey how do you keep the apples from browning ive tried this and it tastes great but its comes out like apple sauce
Brandon Matzek says
@Evan Given all of the snow I am hearing about, you definitely need to book yourself a vacation!
@Nicole Thank you for the kind words!
@Richard My apples didn’t brown between chopping and adding them to the boiling cider. Perhaps try bringing the sparkling cider, sugar and water mixture to a boil first. Then, quickly chop up your apples and add to the boiling cider. Reduce to a simmer and continue with the recipe as stated above. The finished product does resemble a frozen apple sauce. The texture is creamier though and the sparkling cider provides some depth to the flavor. Good luck!
yum, this sounds delicious. I love the idea of adding cider to the mix!