Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lychee Sherbet

Lychee Sherbet: very sweet and full of smooth lychee flavor. 
Lychee Sherbet recipe from cherryteacakes.com
One of my favorite things in life is an Asian grocery store back home in Arizona. Shopping becomes a game of Russian Roulette, in which I hope the pictures on the packaging work out for me. Six years ago, our guessing games led us to a freezer full of durian fruits. A cheerful, and I now assume devious, woman raved about how much her children LOVE durian fruits and we absolutely should buy one. So we did.

Unfortunately, we now realize that durian fruits make better bludgeons than fruit, and we want to prove the point on that woman's head. We spent hours trying to access it the interior, up against an alien egg with an impenetrable shell. But there is no knife sharp enough to cut through that husk of thorns. After a brisk walk through the backyard, past the pool and a cow in a pen (it is Arizona after all), we came to the tool shed to plan our next assault. Duct tape? Solves all problem but this one. Pitch fork? Useless. Buzzsaw? Maybe, but we were lacking one. We needed weapons with lazers, or photons and a Trekkie who speaks Klingon. We settled for a rusty hatchet.

Three swings in, the Durian claimed its victory. The grotesque, gasoline-like smell of the inside overpowered us.

My latest trips to the Asian grocer have ended much more happily. I am even so bold as to bring my friends with me. After you've dealt with durian, how much worse could it get? My most recent trip included Butchie. I picked up orange flower water, powdered honey, exotic gummy candy, and some lychees. Butch bought everything else they sold. [I had 7 grocery bags. Udon, red bean paste, kimchi, Hello Kitty mango marshmallows, Japanese fish stock, coconut soda, baby bok choy, cactus pears, sesame EVERYTHING. Seriously, Super H. Y'alls gotta go. --B.]

To treat ourselves after two hours of good shopping we used my lychees for a makeshift sherbet. Unlike myself, Butchie does not stock cream in her fridge at all times. I find it baffling, but adore her all the same. [Normally, I would. But I'd just made marscapone-whipped cream frosting for some brownies, and it was all gone. I need to start buying cream in quarts.--B.] Anyway, this is a little too icy to really qualify as ice cream, but tasty and fully of lychees nonetheless. Enjoy!

Lychee Sherbet

3/4 cups sugar
3 cups milk
1 large can lychee fruit, chopped
1 1/3 cup lychee syrup, reserved

Gently mix in the milk, sugar and lychee syrup.

Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker. Allow the ice cream to churn until nearly finished and add in the chopped lychee. Freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

24 comments:

  1. Going to the Asian market is an adventure for me, too, and I'm Asian. It's fun to be introduced to so many new ingredients. Yes, that woman was devious, LOL! I don't think I've ever had durian myself. This lychee sherbet, though, I'd have a lot of. One of my favorite things from the Asian market is lychee. Yum!

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  2. I love lychee, so this sounds delicious! What a fun adventure!!

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  3. you are just blowing my mind right now - looks dee.lish.

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  4. I love exploring the asian markets here...although I always chicken out. This looks wonderful and I laughed at your description of getting that fruit open.

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  5. Wow, does that every look delicious and refreshing! I think this would be a great start to spring!

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  6. I love lychee! looks delish. Could you please add how much cream to use? thanks.

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  7. no cream! but if you want to use half and half instead of milk!

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  8. I need to make this, seriously, just today my little guy was asking me to make ice cream and lychee would be perfect. They love longan too and you should definitely try it the next time you are in the Asian grocer. It looks pretty similar to lychee except the skin is a vibrant red. It's available canned too and it it is just slightly sweeter. Great ice cream, very light and perfect for the upcoming heat of summer.

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  9. "Gently mix in the cream..."? There's no cream in the ingredient.
    Is there a mistake?

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  10. wow. i am so used to typing out cream in my recipes, i just added that right in didn't i? thanks for catching that!

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  11. Love lychees - can't wait until it gets warm enough to really crave this!

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  12. Mm.. tropical fruit sherbet sounds delicious. @Joy - I think you got it mixed up, lychee is the red on the outside and longan is brown on the outside.

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  13. That's a bit unfair!

    My family and I are big, big fans of durian! Yummm :)

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  14. That is one funny story, I love it! The ice cream looks delicious, too!

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  15. I am so happy that it will soon be lychee season here. There is nothing quite like this beautiful, juicy fruit. I am going to save this recipe for then.

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  16. I love going to the Asian grocery stores near me as well, there's always so many interesting things to try that it's hard not to walk out with multiple bags! I need to look for powdered honey next time I go, that sounds interesting.

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  17. just in time for the warm weather! one of my most recent warm weather hobbies has been inventing recipes for my ice cream maker. DEFINITELY gonna try this one out!

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  18. saving this to my online cookbook (http://cookmarked.com) in case I one day own an ice cream maker. lol.

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  19. My friends and I used to do this this called Asian Snack Challenge where you go into the Asian market and try and get the most outrageous snack. I had squid chips once which were gross but there have been delicious things too. Never been tempted to try durian though because my mum told me it tastes like "sweet farts".
    I have a can of lychees from ages ago that I now know how to use!

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  20. I absolutely love lychee. This looks really light and refreshing!

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  21. Just another wonderful tasty creation, thank you for sharing, and have a great weekend :)

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  22. As Rachel Zoe would said, "I die." I love lychee!!! They're so incredibly delicious. I used to have it quite often when I was younger but not so much anymore. As for the durian... oh boy. I'm not sure how my relatives got it open. More than likely, they did so with some sharp object. But once that thing was open, I knew. Even if I was outside or inside, away from wherever they were, I KNEW. I've yet to eat something with durian in it that I actually like. The drink that Aaron and Chris made on Chef vs. City: Los Angeles actually looked tasty, though.

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  23. This sorbet sounds magical! Would be so refreshing on a hot summers day.

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