I made homemade sorbet. Impressed? I know, right! And guess how long it took me? Here's how to make mango sorbet in just 10 minutes.
First, I picked up some fresh mangoes. Turns out there are six different varietals of mangos, and you can choose which you prefer based on its attributes. You can also consider seasonality, and go with whatever is fresh right now. I chose the Ataulfos mango because their peak availability is March through July. The flavor of the Ataulfos is sweet and creamy, and the color is vibrant yellow. The texture is smooth with a firm flesh, and you can gently squeeze the mangos to judge their ripeness. When their skin turns a deep golden color and small wrinkles appear, you can tell they are ready to be sorbet’d!
Now that we have our mangos, let’s do this. Peel two mangos with a peeler or paring knife, and carefully slice the fruit off of the center core. I say carefully because these suckers can get slippery! For help in managing your mango, check out Chef Shelley Young's video on how to cut a mango:
Toss the pieces of fruit into a Vita-mix. Top with ½ cup of sugar and 4 cups of ice. (If fresh mangoes aren't available, you can substitute frozen and reduce the amount of ice.) Using the variable function, start at level 1 and quickly move up to level 10, than High. In about 30 seconds you will hear the sound of the motor change, and 4 peaks will form in the blender. Turn the machine off, as it’s important not to over blend. Now grab your sassiest summer dessert bowls, and fill with as much mango sorbet as your heart desires. If after making homemade sorbet hasn’t fulfilled your masterchef itch for the evening, go ahead and throw a mint leave on top of that golden heap and dig in already!
There are tons of different types of sorbet you can make, like Spiked Honeydew Sorbet (yes there’s liquor in it), lemon blueberry and strawberry chocolate mint sorbet. Alright I can’t take it anymore - ending blog to go make more sorbet now.
End note: If you don’t have a Vita-Mix, INVEST. Talk about a life changer… we sell them at The Chopping Block, and I would love to talk you through all of the uses for this bad boy. Let’s just say there was a point in my life that I had a stand blender, food processor, immersion blender, and mixer. Now, I have a Vita-mix and a hell of a lot more counter space.
Want to learn more fresh summer desserts? Take a cooking class!