“Why is my mouth burning?! It’s meant to be cold!”

Peppered strawberry and lime sorbet

Cooling with a warm aftermath

The above was my guinea pig’s reaction to my first attempt of this week’s post: Peppered Strawberry and Lime Sorbet. After some adjustments to the quantity of pepper, this refreshing dessert not only tastes of summer, it also leaves you with a pleasant glow of a sunny day. This recipe comes from a mixture of JoyofBaking, my cousin’s peppered strawberries dessert and my love of lime. It’s just perfect for hot days and is a cinch to make.

What You’ll Need:

  • 450g approx. Strawberries
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1tsp Fresh finely ground black pepper
  • 65g Sugar
  • 80ml Water

Grate the rind off the lime and put it into a small pot along with the sugar and water. Put on a medium heat and stir continuously. Allow to boil for about a minute, stirring all the time. Pour the syrup through a sieve into a bowl and leave it cool for at least  45 mins.

Smells wonderful when in the pot so you can imagine how good it's going to be in the mixture

Adding the zest in gives the syrup an extra dimension to the flavour – not to mention looks rather pretty

Hull the strawberries and place them in a food processor. Add in the lime juice and pepper. Blend well. When the syrup is cool, add it into the mixture and briefly blend again.

Blended sorbet mixture

Slushy goodness

Place it into a container and freezer for 3 – 4 hrs. When the sorbet has set, remove from freezer and blend it once more. Return it to the freezer for another 3 – 4 hrs.

Had to balance myself on tiptoe on the edge of a chair to get this shot

It’s a discipline to wait another 3 – 4 hours at this point before tucking in

After this serve it to friends and family and enjoy their look of skepticism turn into one if delight!

the final product

Perfect for a summer’s day

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16 thoughts on ““Why is my mouth burning?! It’s meant to be cold!”

  1. Delicious!!!! Not a bigger fan of sorbet … neither to make or eat, but your photos are making me want some. For me is’t only frozen cordials – and melt too quick. That top photo jumps at me …

  2. First time I read this, I literally thought ‘why did she feed this to a guinea-pig? not sure they can even eat sorbet,’ but on second reading I came to my senses. It looks seriously good and I just bought strawberries to try it.

  3. I’m a big fan of spiced up sorbets! The best one I’ve had so far was a jalapeno and ginger sorbet during a meal at a local restaurant….and boy, it was like a party in my mouth! I can well imagine how yours may have turned out to be.

    • Oh wow! I never would have thought of those flavours but now that you mention it, I’m so tempted to give it a try. It would be delicious!

  4. How’s that heat wave… ours has past. I’d eat this even in winter. And the blender is cool… I have a heavy wood stool I stand on. I keep scraping my wood floors and knocking my knee on it when going to my 1/2 pint fridge. But it’s solid.

    • We’re actually back to our usual overcast weather – a bit of a relief to be honest as I was getting tired of hiding in shadows. Your little stool sounds like a worthy ally, indeed! Definitely worth a few scraps here and there if it prevents broken bones. not to mention, I find those marks of usage really make a kitchen much nicer to be in

      • So true with the weather… me and Chloe are always whining for hot sunny weather. After about 2 days we complain… both of us with our 50sunscreen. I’m covered head to toe in fabric on the beach. Will send you a pic.

      • Story of my life! I also carry around a bottle of factor 50 just in case – it’s saved me on many an occasion

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