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When Life Hands You Lemons... Make a Lemon-Lime Sorbet!

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Let's say you are thinking of preparing a dinner featuring a seafood entree. What should you prepare for dessert to enhance the dinner? Maybe you are in the mood to invite some people over for a barbecue. What dessert would go perfectly with a spicy sauce or dry rub. Perhaps you would like to impress someone with an elegant dinner but the thought of preparing an elegant dessert sends shivers down your spine. Or maybe you just want a good sandwich and want something special, yet easy, to end your eating pleasure.

These are conundrums which face Chef's when they are creating a menu and home cooks whenever they are contemplating a party, gathering or a simple meal for family. Well, fear no more as now there is a refreshing dessert which goes well with anything and it is easy to prepare and simple to serve. It is the perfect blending of sweet and tart, cleanses the palate and is light. It is Lemon - Lime Sorbet.

Ingredients needed to make Lemon - Lime Sorbet (makes about 4 cups):

  • 2 cups sugar syrup (see Chef's Note)
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • The zest of the lemons and limes used to make the juice, finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Steps:

  1. Place all the ingredients into a large bowl and whisk.
  2. Pour the mixture into an ice cream machine and churn 20 minutes (if you don't have an electric ice cream machine then follow the instructions sheet given).
  3. Either serve from the ice cream machine or freeze until ready to serve.

Chef's Note: Sugar syrup is a simple mixture of equal parts sugar and water heated over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the water is clear. Cool the syrup to room temperature and then store in a glass container in the refrigerator until ready to use. For perfect citrus zest every time, I recommend buying a "plane" - which is a very fine grater and they can be found at all cookware stores and usually run around $10.00 or so.

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