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Monday, 30 April 2012

Sluttishly Sweet: Lemon and Lime Sorbet

Why, oh why, have I never thought to make sorbet before?! It is simple to make and delicious to eat - two of my favourite things.

On Sunday I whipped up this easy lemon and lime sorbet for my roast dinner comedown and it was a revelation (possible over-exaggeration, but you know what I mean). And all this came about as I had bought about a gazillion lemons and limes recently with the hope of summery weather. Instead with puddles turning into lakes outside, we are all cooped up by the fire.
So whilst this might not be the first thought for pudding when misery ensues outside, it was actually rather lovely to bring a bit of zest (I know, I know…sorry) to our sleepy Sunday meal.

If, like me, you have never made sorbet, give this a whirl. It was so easy to prepare and it tastes really sweet and tangy.

Lemon and Lime Sorbet (serves 6-8) (adapted from Jamie Oliver)
You will need:
  • 200g sugar
  • 275ml water
  • zest and juice of 3 limes
  • zest and juice of 3 lemons
Make it!
  • In a small pan bring the sugar and water to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to cool a little.
  • Meanwhile, zest and juice the lemons and limes.
  • Combine everything together in a large-bottomed tupperware box with a fork and then place in the freezer.
  • Allow the sorbet to set for at least 2 hours but try and stir it every 30 minutes.
  • Serve in a twee teacup and saucer (this part is optional).


  1. I like the twee cup and saucer!


  2. I always have ice cream and sorbets in teacups - they're the perfect size and the handles mean you don't get cold fingers.

    1. That is so sensible. This recipe sounds amazingly easy - thanks Elizabeth!

  3. Can you add tequila to this?

    1. Oooh, good idea Franj. I reckon boozy sorbet is the way forward.

    2. It doesn't freeze properly, though. Instead, you could serve in shot glasses and pour tequila over the top...

    3. ahh....the boyf would love that!


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