Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Coconut Sorbet

So I got my Cuisinart ICE-21 Ice Cream, Yogurt, and Sorbet maker- and I do really like it- but obviously there is a slight learning curve involved.  I tried the coconut sorbet recipe right from the manual- it was incredibly simple.  I skipped the part about steeping a vanilla bean in simple syrup, and meant to add vanilla extract right at the end, but I forgot of course.  The result is pretty tasty, though not at all what I expected, and also much more like a granita than a composed sorbet.  I think I made a few critical errors that will hopefully make the next batch creamier and more sorbet-like, rather than a mixture of granita-ish icy stuff, and then the rest mostly liquid. 

I used two cans of light coconut milk, which of course regular full-fat would be much better for creaminess.  I mixed in 1/4 cup of stevia in the raw and a 1/4 cup sucralose.  Next time I would use 1/4 cup sweetener total- I just can't tolerate too much sweet these days.  Grosses me out.  All I did was mix the coconut milk and sweeteners together, and then poured into the freezer bowl.  Mistake numero uno.  You are supposed to pour in the base while the bowl is on the base and already in motion.  This probably contributed to the thick sheet of ice stuck to the bowl.  Secondly, I did some research and it seems like most people have better luck when they've chilled the base in the fridge for a couple hours.  I'll try that too.  And I'm sure a creamier base to begin with would have helped.

Next up is plain tart frozen yogurt.  There are a ton of videos on Youtube about using your ICE-21 to make tart frozen yogurt.  Most seem to use a combination of TJ's Greek Yogurt, and then some plain yogurt, with lemon zest and a bit of sweetener.  I have a feeling it will take awhile to tweak this recipe to my own preferences, but I can't wait!  I'll post recipes once I get a few that actually work well and are up to par!  And stay tuned for a few more recipes later today! :)

1 comment:

  1. I have been craving really tart frozen yogurt lately.

    I'm all ears.

    I want a kitchen aid soon and probably I'll be getting the ice cream attachment. by the time I get there you will have perfected it I am sure!

    can't wait!