Watermelon Sorbet

September 1, 2011

One last hello before we head out for the holiday weekend! I hope where you are or where you are traveling to has a forecast full of sun and warm weather. And if it does, then I have just the thing for you to make.

There are very few foods that I really, truly cannot stand. Mayonnaise, Jell-O, mushy vegetables… and watermelon! I know, I know. People rarely understand how the texture of watermelon can make me cringe, since it seems that most people absolutely adore it. But no matter how hard I’ve tried in the past, I really never developed a taste for the stuff.

My hubby, on the other hand, adores watermelon, and when I was browsing through Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home the other day and a recipe for watermelon sorbet popped up, I couldn’t deny making it for him. Although I love most of Jeni’s recipes and adore her book, the idea of adding 1/2 cup of pure corn syrup to the sorbet in addition to the sugar made me cringe. So I forged my own path and eliminated the corn syrup, and to make up for the lack of sweetness, I cut back on the lemon juice she recommended using.

The results were divine, even for someone like me who doesn’t love watermelon in the least bit. I’ve also found that it makes an amazing drink when you combine a scoop of this sorbet with some diet ginger ale. Pure summertime bliss. I’ll be sad to see this sorbet, and summer, go.

Watermelon Sorbet
Adapted from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home

*1/2 medium seedless watermelon, cut into cubes
*3/4 cup sugar
*Juice from 1 lemon

*Puree watermelon in the bowl of a food processor until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl.
*In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and lemon juice. Stir until combined. Heat mixture over medium high heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add to watermelon mixture.
*Cool mixture in the fridge for six to eight hours, or until fully chilled. Once chilled, place in the bowl of an electric ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturers instructions, until mixture is soft and slightly fluffy. Freeze in an airtight container.

Happy Cooking!



  • Reply Lauren at Keep It Sweet September 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I am so surprised that you don’t like watermelon! That is definitely a first:-) This sorbet looks like a great treat to end the summer.

  • Reply Ali September 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    FINALLY, someone else who doesn’t care for watermelon. Actually I like the taste but its the texture. I will though after my mom cuts the watermelon take the really really light pink pieces of the rhine. You get the taste of watermelon but with solid pieces and not the mushy stuff in the middle.

    • Reply MadisonMayberry September 1, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      Glad to know I’m not alone, Ali! I think for me it’s totally the texture, because I didn’t mind it at all in this sorbet since it was cold and icy.

  • Reply bperry September 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Watermelon, hurrah! But I’m with you on the mayo and limp veggies. ICK ;D This looks delish!

  • Reply Sarah Erickson September 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    This was the perfect recipe to make this morning with the half un-eaten watermelon in our fridge! Warning, though–a 7 cup food processor is not near big enough to handle the liquid that comes with pureeing the melon. I used a blender instead. Thanks, Mad! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply MadisonMayberry September 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      Sarah that was quick! Having a bunch of leftover watermelon was the exact same reason we made this sorbet in the first place! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Rachel @ The Avid Appetite September 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    wow this looks great! I have a watermelon at home that I haven’t used up yet…this looks like the perfect recipe!

  • Reply Helennaturally September 2, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Oh I love watermelon sorbet! I think it is spectacular how you two have meshed your eating styles and tastes together ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Halle September 2, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Yay for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream! Such a great local business here in Columbus, OH. This adapted recipe looks delish ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Shayma September 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Madison, your blog is lovely- lots of pretty photos- congrats on your wedding. i enjoy your posts on your ‘daily eats’- lots of healthy nosh there. x shayma

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