Roasted Apricot Sorbet

Total Time:
1 hr 22 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
2 min
Cook:
1 hr

Yield:
3 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1 3/4 pounds firm-ripe apricots (about 7 large)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • Garnish: toasted sliced almonds
  • Special equipment: an ice cream maker
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Bring sugar, water, and dried apricots to a boil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let stand until apricots are softened, about 1 hour.

While dried apricots are standing, roast whole fresh apricots in a small roasting pan in middle of oven until soft, about 1 hour. Cool in pan, and pit when cool enough to handle.

Puree dried apricot mixture, roasted apricots, lemon juice, and almond extract in a blender until very smooth, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Force puree through a fine sieve into a bowl, pressing hard on solids and then discarding them. Chill puree, covered, until cold, at least 2 hours.

Freeze in ice cream maker, then transfer to an airtight container, and put in freezer to harden.

Cook's note: Puree can be chilled up to 8 hours. Sorbet keeps 1 week.


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