lychee sorbet

July 14, 2009 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes


I can’t remember ever making a New Year’s resolution, except one year when I vowed to eat more caviar. Or was it truffles? Whatever it was, I didn’t do very well. I’m going to try another resolution right now – a summer resolution, if you will, to make one batch of homemade ice cream or sorbet a week until September. I may miss a week here or there, but I promise to do my best. I made this lychee sorbet last week for the awesome BBQ we went to on Sunday. It’s almost the same recipe I used for many years at the Central Park Boathouse. Lychees are one of the tastiest and most refreshing fruits, and the good thing about this recipe is that there is very little besides the lychee juice to dilute the flavor. I use lychee puree that I order wholesale, but if you can find a lychee juice with about 10% sugar it should work fine.

Lychee Sorbet (makes almost one quart)

1/2 cup sugar
6 Tablespoons water
3 cups lychee puree, or lychee juice (about 10% sugar)

Heat the sugar and water together in a saucepan just enough to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and stir in the lychee juice. Process in your ice cream maker until frozen, transfer to a container and freeze in the freezer for several hours before serving.

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  • lori July 14, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    that looks heavenly… i love anything lychee too.

  • Bridgett July 14, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Oooo I’ll have to try this. Um first I’d need an ice cream maker. And right up Kendall’s allergy aisle. Thanks!


  • Stella July 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Wow, this looks and sound tasty. Any way I can attempt it sans ice cream maker?

  • Ruth July 14, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Mmmmm, lychees are lovely. When I studied abroad in South Africa, I couldn’t get enough of them!

  • Alicia July 14, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    One could probably make lychee popcicles out of this, maybe? lol

  • catherine m. July 15, 2009 at 8:45 am

    I love lychees. This looks and sounds YUMMY!

  • Nicole (Three By Sea) July 15, 2009 at 9:45 am

    My husband loves lychees (grew up in Guyana) and his mother’s lychee tree is actually full of lychees that are ready to be picked. She happens to live around the corner. I know as soon as I tell him about this recipe, he’ll want to make it! Thanks for the recipe!

  • michelle July 15, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Now you’re going to make me want to run out and get an ice cream maker. this sorbet was fabulous.

  • RJ July 16, 2009 at 8:32 am

    i need an ice cream maker!!!

  • Tej October 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    this comment may be a little late (just discovered the blog): if you don’t have an ice cream maker just freeze the mixer in a plastic container, check on it several times for the next few hours stirring the ice up with a fork to break the crystals each time and you will eventually end up with a sorbet