In Sydney, winter is officially here, and it is cold. Sleeping in jumpers, two blankets on the bed, heater on in the lounge room, cold. Last night the city nearly blew away. It is Custard Apple season – it is not ice cream season.
In America-land, summer is just beginning and ice cream abounds. It is ice cream season – it not Custard Apple season.
This recipe is fair to no one, it is however delicious and as such I am sitting on the lounge, covered in a blanket and next to the heater, eating Custard Apple sorbet. I win.
The other day I shared my recent life changing [yeah, yeah, prone to dramatics today] experience with Custard Apples and a bit of a non-recipe. But with stacks of the frozen pulp in the freezer something had to be done. Being a big fan of easy ice cream and simple sorbet I decided this fruit would meet the same fate of those that had come before… enter the immersion blender.
Completely at odds with the season in which it appears, the Custard Apple matches brilliantly with fresh summer inspired flavours such as lime and mint – so who am I to fight fate. Lime, mint and a touch of ginger it would be. The texture of the Custard Apple when frozen and then blended is unbelievable – amazingly creamy and smooth. Even when frozen for days it scoops almost immediately rather then having to sit out like most handmade ice creams.
As a side note, while I am currently eating this all rugged up in front of a heater in winter, a scoop dropped into a tall glass of vodka or white rum and club soda [seltzer] while sitting at a beach, would be a brilliant twist on a Mojito – you’re welcome.
Custard Apple, Lime & Mint Sorbet
- 1 very ripe custard apple, peeled, seeded and frozen
- 1 – 2 tsp fresh lime juice, using more/less to taste
- small handful fresh mint leaves
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
Place all ingredients into a processor or the jug of an immersion blender. Blend until very smooth and all mint leaves are distributed through.
Eat immediately or place in a container and freeze – stirring occasionally for the first hour or two.
Make a drink, put your feet up and read a magazine. Emerge later and pretend you spent hours slaving in the kitchen.
In a tall glass, pour a shot of vodka or white rum over ice. Top with club soda/seltzer/mineral water and a scoop of sorbet. Garnish with mint.