Trio of Fruity Baobab Sorbets
You can make this your one sugar spoil this summer; it's heavenly (or alternatively use xylitol - it works just as well, and we do have an ice-lolly option with no added sugar for the kids!).
Bursting with fresh, fruity flavours with a zesty tart twist of organic baobab powder, these Fruity Baobab Sorbets are instant summer pleasers as a light, cool and refreshing dessert. Baobab powder is loaded with Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and digestive fibre. It’s also one of the richest plant-based sources of calcium at 1.5 times more than almonds. Our diets are often deficient in these minerals and baobab powder is an excellent source of these nutrients.
We’ve chosen fruit for their brilliant colour and summer-sweet flavours. Try one, try them all, or invent your very own combinations!
1 cup water
1 cup castor sugar or 1 cup xylitol for sugar-free version
2 Tbsp baobab powder
4 cups fresh fruit, peeled and chopped into chunks (choose from the favourite combinations below)
Watermelon, Baobab and Raspberry
3 cups watermelon
1 cup raspberries
Pineapple and Baobab
4 cups chopped and peeled pineapple
Kiwi, Baobab, and Lime Zest
3½ cups kiwi fruit
½ cup lime juice
Optional: pinch of lime zest
- Bring the water to a simmer, dissolve the sugar, and allow to cool. If you're planning to make all 3 flavours, prepare 3 separate batches of syrup.
- Blend one batch of fruit, baobab powder, and cooled syrup until smooth. If you're not sure the consistency is correct, before freezing the fruit mixture for the first time, test the sorbet's consistency using an 'egg test': Gently lower a washed egg into the mixture; if it's too thick, most of the egg will stick out above the surface. In this case, add more water. If the mixture is too runny, the egg will sink below the surface. In this case, add more sugar. If it's the perfect consistency, about 2½ cm of the egg will be visible above the surface.
- Now pour the mixture into a freezer-friendly container or bowl.
- Option 1: wait for it freeze solid (overnight will do) and then blend – you'll need to break the mixture into pieces then blend piece by piece until blended before pouring back into the bowl and refreezing.
- Option 2: just before frozen solid, (you'll need to check from time to time) mix it up with a fork to make a slushy consistency and then refreeze.
- Your sorbet should be ready in 4-6 hours, depending on your freezer, and the depth of your bowl. If it’s frozen a little too solid, simply give it a few minutes to soften before serving.
Serves 8 people
Recipe supplied by Eco Products, Limpopo, South Africa
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