There are few things more refreshing then a Peach Sorbet whether enjoyed on a hot summer day or as a nice simple dessert after a heavy winter dinner. Many of us do not own ice cream maker, but most of us have a food processor in the kitchen. With a food processor, frozen peaches, simple syrup and containers with lids you can be enjoying Homemade Peach Sorbet before you go to bed that evening.
The most important thing to remember is that time and speed is critical to making an easy Peach Sorbet at home in the kitchen with a food processor.
To make Peach Sorbet at home, you will need 6 packed Cups of frozen peeled peaches and 1 ½ Cups of simple syrup. To make the syrup in a small saucepan bring 2 Cups of water with 2 Cups of white sugar and over medium heat dissolve the sugar into the water, stirring regularly and making sure that the solution does not boil. It is best to make the simple syrup before, with the syrup chilled in the refrigerator. Some recipes suggest using lemon juice, but for this Peach Sorbet it is not required. Whether you purchased frozen peeled and sliced peaches from the grocery store or have prepared your own frozen fresh picked peaches the key is not to allow the peaches to thaw. The frozen peaches can be tempered, but should be more frozen then thawed.
Depending on the size of your food processor you will prepare the peach sorbet in two to three batches. Separate the peaches and chilled syrup into equal portions. Add the first portion of frozen peaches and chilled syrup to the food processor and run the machine for 15 – 20 seconds. If the mixture is not smooth, either remove any large chucks of frozen peaches, or fold the mixture into itself and turn on the food processor for another 10 – 15 seconds. The peach sorbet mixture should look like ice slush.
Quickly pour the sorbet mixture into a large bowl and repeat the process for the remaining portions of the frozen peaches and chilled syrup. Once you have finished processing the frozen peaches and chilled syrup, quickly mix the sorbet mixture in the bowl. Then ladle the peach sorbet into containers with air tight lids and place in the back of the freezer.
Allow the Peach Sorbet to freeze for a minimum of eight hours or more before serving. The result should be a frozen dessert with a small granular texture that has the flavor of fresh picked peaches with just a hint of sweetness. Whether you make this dessert in the summer or for a nice surprise in the middle of winter it does not matter. All you need is a food processor, frozen peaches and to be quick.
To make this Peach Sorbet more sophisticated and a real adult treat, replace the simple syrup with the same amount of Peach Schnapps or Homemade Peach Liqueur.
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