This juicy strawberry sorbet isn't merely rose-colored. It also contains rosewater, which combines so beautifully with strawberries that its flavor seems like an extension of the fruit. Neither heavy nor perfume-y, it gives the sorbet a delicate, aromatic sweetness.
1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp. sugar
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled
1 1/2 tablespoons rosewater (see Notes)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
How to Make It
In a small pot over medium-high heat, bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a simmer. Stir to dissolve sugar, then remove pot from heat and cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, purée strawberries in a blender. Pour purée through a fine-mesh sieve to remove seeds, pressing down with a spatula to extract liquid. Discard seeds.
In a medium bowl, combine sugar syrup, strawberry purée, rosewater, lemon juice, and salt. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 2 hours.
Stir mixture well, then freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
Rosewater is available at gourmet, Middle Eastern, and Indian markets. If you prefer, you can make the sorbet without the rosewater. But we recommend using it, since it really does add a special flavor. To save time, you can quickly cool the sugar syrup in step 1 by setting the pot in an ice bath and stirring until the mixture reaches room temperature, 2 to 5 minutes. Likewise, you can bypass chilling the mixture in the refrigerator in step 3 by setting the bowl in an ice bath and stirring until well chilled, about 12 minutes.
This was THE perfect thing to make for my health-conscious sister's surprise birthday party on a summery day. Strawberry + rose truly is a match made in heaven! (I added an additional few teaspoons rosewater because it was so delicious.) She loved it, and so do I. Will make again.