Top 5 Sorbet Recipes

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Lime Sorbet. Dave Carlin

Sorbets have for so long been seen as the lighter cousin to ice cream, the latter being the full-on heavyweight. This approach, of course, is so far from what is really going on. A real, handmade sorbet is a real thing of beauty. Made carefully and with the right, imposing flavours, sorbet can knock spots off an ice cream. 

One of the failings of sorbet is generally to do with flavour. What you choose needs to have punch as there is little else (save for the sugar) to give the sorbet its power....MORE In the top 5 sorbets below, note that each major constituent is weighty in its right, 

Sorbet is a great dessert for those watching the pounds, especially the ones with citrus being the best as they require less sugar.  Sorbet is also a perfect palate cleanser during heavy, multi-course meals and tasting menus.

Here are 5 of the most popular French sorbet recipes here in French Food. 

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    Lemon Sorbet

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    Lemon Sorbet. Laura Johansen - Getty Images

    Lemon sorbet is the one you may possibly find most often on a restaurant menu as refreshing lemon sorbet is one of the best to cleanse the palate between courses and also makes a light dessert which is a perfect accompaniment to berries.

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    Raspberry Sorbet
    Raspberry Sorbet. liaminou-Getty Images

    This sorbet is for the grown ups only. Here in the recipe, fresh raspberry puree is partnered with touch of Framboise brandy making this sorbet extra special. Alcohol can prevent a sorbet from freezing if too much is used so always approach with caution; a splash is all you need to create flavor.  

    For an indulgent treat, add a drizzle of chocolate sauce to the dish before serving.

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    Chocolate Sorbet. Owen Franken

    Here is the powerhouse of both color and flavor in the sorbet family. The darker the chocolate you use, the stronger and more impactful the sorbet will be. Look for chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa, though you may find that children do not like the bitter flavours. 

    Premium dark chocolate beautifully accents this sorbet recipe's light texture. It is the classic accompaniment to an elegant dinner party.

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    Lime Sorbet. Dave Carlin

     One of the prettiest of the sorbets to serve with its vibrant color it is going to cheer up any dinner table. Perfect for spring and summer (but tastes so good you can serve it any time). The lime, like the lemon, is refreshing so perfect for the hot weather. 

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    Cardamom Pear Sorbet

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    Cardamon Sorbet Frozen Berries. Rita Maas / Getty Images

    Do not forget spices when making sorbet. This lovely punch of Cardamom brightens up an already fresh-tasting pear sorbet. The dessert pairs extremely well with a cheese plate for the final course of a special dinner and of course, is just as good served on its own. Again, a grown up flavour even though this does not have alcohol.