Raspberry gin sorbet with lavender thins
What better way to cool down when the weather heats up than with a delicious frozen treat?
This raspberry gin sorbet is the grown up version of the ice lolly, swapping out sprinkles and cream for fresh berries and a hint of gin.
Serves: 6 Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 30-35 minutes Freeze: 6-8 hours or overnight
- 150g (5oz) caster sugar
- 200ml (7 fl oz) water
- 450g (1lb) raspberries
- 6 tablespoons gin
- 1 egg white, optional
For lavender thins
- 150g (5oz) plain flour
- 25g (1oz) cornflour
- 50g (2oz) caster sugar, plus extra to decorate
- 100g (4oz) butter, at room temperature, diced
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender petals, roughly crushed, plus a little extra to decorate
- To make the sorbet, add the sugar and water to a saucepan, heat gently, stirring from time to time until the sugar has dissolved then boil rapidly for 1 minute. Take off the heat and set aside.
- Add the raspberries to a food processor or liquidiser and puree until smooth. Press through a sieve into a bowl and discard the seeds. Stir the gin and sugar syrup into the berry puree.
- If you have an electric ice cream machine, pour in the raspberry mixture and churn for about 20 minutes until thick. Lightly fork the egg white together until frothy then beat into the sorbet and churn for 10 more minutes until thick enough to scoop.
- Without an electric ice cream machine, pour the mixture into a shallow cake tin with a fixed base and freeze for 4 hours until semi frozen. Beat with a fork or blitz in a food processor until smooth and gradually beat in the lightly whipped egg white. Transfer to a plastic container, cover with a lid and freeze for 3-4 hours or overnight until firm.
- To make the lavender thins, preheat the oven to 170°C, fan assisted 150°C, Gas mark 3. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and rub in the butter with fingertips or an electric mixer until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Bring the crumbs together with your hands to make a dough then roll out thinly on a lightly floured surface.
- Press into a 23cm (9 inch) diameter fluted flan tin. Prick the centre with a fork and press the edges with a fingertip. Sprinkle with a little extra sugar. Cook for 25-30 minutes until pale golden around the edges. Mark into 12 thin wedges, sprinkle with extra lavender petals and leave to cool.
- To serve, scoop the sorbet into glasses and serve with lavender thins.
If the sorbet has been in the freezer overnight then take the container out of the freezer and allow to soften for 10 minutes before scooping.
If you’re short on time or not a fan of lavender, leave it out and add the grated rind of ½ a lemon or leave the biscuit mix plain.
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