Saturday, December 17, 2011
Sorbet: Green Fire In Ice
Well here it is, my first post for a sorbet I call Green Fire in Ice!
[I will take and upload a picture of actual sorbet later]
This icy confection of chilli and lime was inspired by a friend's recent invitation to a chilli con carnival themed lunch where everyone was asked to bring along a chilli dish from a cuisine of choice.
Thanks for the "chilli" seed of inspiration Tina and Nick!
Green Fire in Ice
Approx 12-14 servings
2 1/4 cups caster sugar
3 cups water
2 green chillis (trimmed & halved, leave seeds in)
zest of 1 lime
1 cup fresh lime juice (added to syrup once cooled)
To make the syrup, add the sugar, water, chilli and zest in a saucepan and stir over a low heat until sugar dissolves. Once dissolved, turn the heat up and let the syrup boil for 2-3 mins.
Remove from heat and strain syrup into a metal bowl and then set aside to let cool. The chillis and zest can be discarded as they've done their job of infusing the syrup with their beautiful flavours.
Once syrup is cool, stir in the fresh lime juice, cover the bowl and place in freezer for 2-3 hrs until it's just started to ice around the edges and top.
Beat with an electric hand-mixer and return to freezer for an hour, repeat twice at hourly intervals or until the mixture is thick and smooth.
As you can see, it is a timely process but that doesn't mean that it has to be wasted time. You could be baking some Heartwarming Chilli Choc Brownies (this was my "back-up plan" dish) and start a blog like I did.
OK the moment of truth draws near as today is Chilli con Carnival! Time to line the tummy with yoghurt in preparation for the burn. Stay tuned for the consensus... was it a success or a successful failure?