Fresh fruit sorbet is probably one of the lesser enjoyed treats that is available, yet when it comes to experiencing desserts that closest represent the flavor and essence of ripe fruit there is few comparisons. Peach Sorbet is no exception and despite being cool, refreshing and exploding with the natural flavor of fresh picked peaches, there is very little that makes this an unhealthy dessert.
What makes Peach Sorbet easy to make is that it does not matter if you use fresh sliced peaches or peaches that have been sliced and frozen. Personally, I think that peaches that have been sliced and frozen actually work better. For this recipe, I used a Food Processor to puree the sliced peaches and then used the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker to freeze the Peach Puree with the Simple Syrup. I have included the steps for Peaches that are both frozen and fresh peeled
- 6 Cups of Sliced and Skinned Peaches
- 1 ½ Cups of Simple Sugar Syrup (1 Cup of Sugar and 1 Cup of Water combined in a sauce pan and stirred frequently until a boil has been achieved. Allow to chill prior to using)
- 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
Preparing the Peaches:
Fresh Peeled & Sliced Peaches: Process the sliced peaches through the food processor until you have a smooth puree. You can add the lemon juice at any time to the food processor. Then place in a bowl and chill for at least eight hours in the back of the refrigerator.
Frozen Peeled & Sliced Peaches: Partially thaw the Peaches and then process them in the Food Processor creating a smooth puree. You can add the lemon juice at any time to the food processor. The puree should be very cold because the peaches were partially frozen. You do not need to chill the puree for any additional amount of time.
Making the Sorbet:
Combine the Peach puree and the Syrup. I prefer my sorbet to be less sweet then most recipes recommend, but you can always add additional syrup after tasting the mixture prior making the sorbet.
Follow the instructions provided by KitchenAid with the Ice Cream Maker Attachment to freeze, attach and engage the churning paddle. The speed of the paddle should be set at setting #1.
Pour the Sorbet mixture into the bowl for seven to twelve minutes (dependent upon the desired consistency).
Turn off the KitchenAid, disengage the paddle and pour the near frozen Peach Sorbet into airtight containers for a minimum of two hours.
Possible Alternative to the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker if Using Frozen Peaches:
Although I have not yet tried to make Peach Sorbet without the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker, I cannot help but wonder if you are using partially thawed frozen peaches if use of the KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker can be avoided altogether. My thought is that if the peaches are partially frozen and then pureed through the food processor with the lemon juice and simple syrup added. The the mixture which is near frozen could be transferred directly to an airtight container and then frozen. The result should be nearly the same results. It is an experiment that is worthy of trying. Let me know if you have tried this alternative.