Lemon, Honey & Thyme Sorbet

Lemon Honey & Thyme Sorbet

I’m in love with lemons!  Lemonade, lemon cookies, lemon pound cake, lemon bars, lemon in my iced tea….and the list goes on.
And when I see a great lemon recipe, I’ll print it off and look forward to whipping up a batch of lemony-goodness in some form.

Recently, I came across another food blog all the way from New Zealand (don’t you just love the internet?).  Emma Galloway and her blog My Darling Lemon Thyme offered up a fantastic Lemon, Honey & Thyme Sorbet that was calling my name.

Honestly, this recipe is about as simple as they come.  If you can boil water, you can make this delicious sorbet.
It’s intensely flavored, and if using Meyer lemons, cut the honey back to 3/4 cup.  That being said, if you have extremely tart lemons, you may want to sweeten the syrup more by adding extra honey.
Freezing will mute the taste somewhat, so sample-taste your mix before churning and freezing.

3/4 – 1 Cup Honey
1 Cup Cold Water
Small handful of fresh thyme sprigs
Finely Grated Lemon Zest from 2 lemons
1 1/2 Cups freshly squeezed Lemon Juice (about 4 large lemons)

Combine honey, water, thyme sprigs and lemon zest in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the honey.
Boil for 1 minute then remove from the heat and set aside until cold.
Strain the syrup to remove ALL the thyme and lemon zest.
Churn in an ice cream machine for approx. 20 minutes before transferring to a container and freezing for a further 2 hours.
(If you don’t have a churn, pour the mix into a shallow loaf pan and freeze for 1 hour until the edges are beginning to freeze. Beat by hand with a whisk until smooth.  Return to the freezer and repeat this 2 – 3 more times before leaving to freeze for 2 hours.  Sooo worth the effort!)

Now, just to make it my own, before churning,

I added about 2-3 Tablespoons of heavy cream.  Whisk all the liquids together for a minute or so, then proceed with churning and freezing.
WOW! PERFECT!  Now all I need is a WOW! Buttery Scottish Shortbread Cookie!

And if you’re looking for a different spin on vegetarian cooking…
check out Emma Galloway and My Darling Lemon Thyme website,
http://www.mydarlinglemonthyme.com