Monday, January 25, 2010

Encore recipe - Ruby Red Grapefruit Sorbet

Every winter, I eagerly scan the citrus section of my grocery store. I'm on the hunt for grapefruit-- and not just any grapefruit. I am looking for Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit.

For those of you who might remember the grapefruit diet craze of the 70's, I jumped in on the promise that grapefruit burns fat.  I quickly learned that the Ruby Red's were sweeter than the pink or yellow grapefruit that I see year-round. Ruby Reds, at the peak of their season (usually January)  are so naturally sweet, that I didn't need any kind of sweetener.  While I love grapefruit slices in salads, a friend of mine mentioned that she once had a grapefruit sorbet that was really good. That gave me an idea, so I searched the internet for a recipe. The recipe I settled on used vodka (fine by me).  The idea is that vodka doesn't freeze, so adding just one tablespoon acts like an "anti-freeze"-- hence, the sorbet won't freeze into one solid ice block.   I originally posted this recipe one year ago-- December 2009. While organizing my new recipe index, I decided to re-shoot and update how to make this sorbet, since my earlier post had only one photo:

I was happy to recreate this frozen treat, so let's begin by making a simple syrup:

 To one cup of sugar, add 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil, and stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and cool completely. (I pop it into the freezer, for about 15-20 minutes to quick chill this.) You can make this a day ahead, and chill it in the freezer, too.

You need two Ruby Red Grapefruits (I bought them on sale 2/$1.00):

Grate the zest of one grapefruit (I used about 1 tablespoon of the zest), and juice them-- which yields about 2 cups of juice. Add the zest to the juice...

Measure 1 Tablespoon of vodka-- obviously, this isn't kid-friendly. It's mom friendly. Indulge. You can skip the vodka, though.  The recipe will still work. You also don't have to use grenadine, but I happened to have a bottle of it.

You need about 1 teaspoon of the grenadine (it's just for color)...

Just like that!  I put the whole container into the refrigerator. You could set this in a metal bowl with ice cubes-- but I don't. I just wait for at least an hour-- or more.

If you don't own an ice cream maker, I highly recommend buying one. This model retails for about $50.00, but I found it on clearance for $15.00.  The bowl stays in my freezer, so I don't need to deal with ice and salt. Easy!  I mixed the simple syrup into the grapefruit juice blend, turned on the machine and poured the mixture in... and I wait for about 20 minutes.

You want to freeze this for at least two more hours.  When it's time to serve, let it sit for about 10-15 minutes to soften enough to scoop easily. Maybe some of you folks are shivering from cold winters, but I can only buy this grapefruit this time of year! We're soaking wet in California, but I still find this treat to be refreshing. I just love it! My husband likes it, too.

There's something about this sorbet that truly is a "palate cleanser".  It's a light dessert, not too loaded with sugar-- and, unless you put in more than 1 Tablespoon of vodka-- you won't get loaded!  What makes me sad is that I haven't seen another Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit since I bought my own two.  What happened? I've found website that will ship them to me, but I don't want to pay $2.00 each, and get a case of them. Sigh.
This is the sorbet recipe that I use for blood oranges and even Myer lemons-- which are all in season right now.

If you'll excuse me, I think I'll have a small scoop.  I sure hope these red globes of sweetness will make an encore appearance, so I won't have to wait another year!

Enjoy!







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22 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

This is as refreshing at it comes. Perfect for any time of day or night. It reminds me that I need to get out and find some Mountain Dew:D

Kim said...

This sounds fantastic and refreshing Debby! I love sorbets, especially citrus for being such wonderful palate cleansers. And, at 2 for $1, such an economical treat. I hope you're able to find some more ruby reds.

George Gaston said...

Debby, what a fabulous light refreshing dessert! This would be a great sorbet to serve after a heavy meal, when you want something sweet, but not packed with guilt.

Many thanks...

Chatty Cricket said...

Debby, I JUST received the ice cream attachment for my mixer this Christmas and I've been antsy to try something amazing to Christen it.

I think this is it!! I love grapefruit. Can't wait to try....

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

What fun! I'm with you - throw in those "Mom-friendly" ingredients!

Mary said...

What a refreshing treat with which to end a meal. The sorbet is, indeed, a feast for the eyes.

Valerina said...

Sorbet + Grapefruit! I can almost feel a delicious tingle in my cheek. :) This sounds wonderful!

Cheryl said...

What a great idea, we have some really great citrus here now too! I am going to make this dang it!

Monica H said...

You'll just have to come to Texas to get some more. This looks so refreshing Debby!

Debinhawaii said...

I had the best grapefruit sorbet at a tea shop--high tea lunch and keep thinking I need to make some. This looks wonderful! The vodka is a great tip for keeping it "sorbet" like.

Carla and Michael said...

The picture is making me drool. I have to see if I can find Ruby Reds here. I can't stop staring at the picture.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Even though the wind is blowing outside and I'm sitting by my computer with my warmest sweater on and a hot cup of coffee in my hand, I would love to taste this cold sorbet, The blood orange sounds fabulous!

Kate said...

Oh yes!! This sounds incredible!

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

I do remember the Grapefruit diet in the 70's! Oh my - I was so sure it was the answer to my prayers! The Ruby Reds are so good - you've inspired me!
Thanks,

WizzyTheStick said...

Usually just have lime or mango sorbet. Time to break out of that rut. This grapefruit sorbet sounds and looks delicious

Simple Simon said...

This literally made my mouth water as I read your blog. It's time to go put the ice cream maker in the freezer to get ready for the weekend. I must try this lovely concoction!

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Velva said...

This sounds so refereshing. A perfect afternoon snack or after dinner delight. I love lemon sorbet, and I would think that grapefruit, especially the Texas Ruby Red grapefruit (smile) would be a wonderful citrus sorbet, with just enough tang to really cleanse the palate.

Ingrid said...

Oh, boy that looks fantastic! I'll be honest my jaw started tingling when I saw the photos and read the title.

I love grapefruits especially sprinkled with a bit of sugar...and if you broil it for a couple of minutes. Needless to say I need to give this a try. Yeah, I have a couple of blood oranges, too.
~ingrid

benbes said...

I love sweet staff especially after meals, this is ver refreshing.
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My Carolina Kitchen said...

Lovely sorbet and lovely pictures. Now I wish I hadn't gotten rid of my ice cream maker.
Sam

Marguerite said...

Oh, yum, I can almost taste this wonderful sorbet, now! Sounds and looks so delicious and refreshing! Thanks for sharing!