After all the discussion on beet sorbet today, I had to try my hand at this newfangled dessert, using fresh organic beets from my new grocery-delivery service (hurray for CSA). My first attempt at beet/orange sorbet resulted in
mixed results. The texture and flavors were fine, and the color was fantastic. The overall taste of this sorbet was a tad vegetable- for my tastebuds, and I would seriously consider adding some apple juice to add some complexity to the dessert. Otherwise, heres a newly born recipe that some might find worth a try, and others might definitely find worth refining. Post back and lets see if we cant create something beautiful!
1 beet, baseball size
½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate
½ cup sugar (more or less, to taste)
I boiled the beet until it was tender, then peeled it under cold running water. I sliced it into a few pieces, then threw it into a blender with the orange juice concentrate and sugar. I blended it into a smooth liquid, adding about a cup of beet water to thin out the liquid (you probably dont need beet water if you use fresh or bottled orange juice). I tasted it to make sure it was sweet enough, since the liquid always needs to taste extra sugary to come out right in an ice cream maker.
When the mixture seemed right, I chilled it in the fridge for a few hours, then put it through the ice cream machine it. Like I said, the flavors could use tweaking, but the texture was fine. Its a good start!