Cucumber-Mint Sorbet

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Cucumber-Mint Sorbet
Cucumber-Mint Sorbet
Ali Rosen

Cucumber-Mint Sorbet

Here's a refreshing and delicious dessert recipe that's perfect for summer. The use of seemingly obscure additives like glucose powder and sorbet stabilizer may seem strange to the home cook, but they result in a superior texture that mimics gelateria-quality sorbet.

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6
Servings
589
Calories Per Serving
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Notes

Note: For your convenience, the measurements for this recipe were converted from the original metric units. For greater precision, we have also provided the original metric measurements.

*Note: Glucose powder, also sold as dextrose, is an additive that prevents water crystallization in ice cream and sorbets. It can be found online or in restaurant supply stores.

**Note: Sorbet stabilizer is an additive that minimizes the size of ice crystals and results in a smoother texture. It can also be found online or in restaurant supply stores.

Ingredients

  • 20 1/4 Ounces (600 milliliters) water
  • 1 1/2 Pound (700 grams) sugar
  • 2 Ounces (55 grams) invert sugar (trimoline) or honey
  • 5 1/4 Ounces (150 grams) glucose powder*
  • 1/2 Ounce (12 grams) sorbet stabilizer**
  • 3 1/3 Pounds (1 1/2 kilograms) cucumber
  • 1/3 Ounce (10 grams) mint, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Directions

In a medium-sized pot, combine the water, sugars, glucose powder, and sorbet stabilizer and heat to 185 degrees. Remove from the heat and let cool. In a blender, purée the cucumber whole until well blended and smooth.

Once the sugar syrup is cooled, transfer to a bowl, add the mint, and infuse for 30 minutes. Strain and squeeze the mint to extract the mint oils. Strain the cucumber purée and add the strained juice and lemon juice to the syrup. Transfer to an ice cream machine, spin, and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions.

Cucumber Shopping Tip

There are three different types of cucumbers: slicing, pickling, and “burpless.” If you're making sandwiches, you might want to try the “burpless” variety which are naturally seedless and are less likely to cause gas.

Cucumber Cooking Tip

Salting your cucumber slices and allowing them to drain over a colander for about an hour will get rid of any excess water and keep your sandwich from becoming soggy.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
0.3g
0.5%
Sugar
147g
N/A
Saturated Fat
0.1g
0.5%
Protein
2g
4%
Carbs
153g
51%
Vitamin A
16µg
2%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
5.6%
Vitamin C
13mg
22%
Vitamin K
41µg
52%
Calcium
50mg
5%
Fiber
2g
7%
Folate (food)
20µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
20µg
5%
Iron
1mg
6%
Magnesium
35mg
9%
Niacin (B3)
0.3mg
1.4%
Phosphorus
63mg
9%
Potassium
393mg
11%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
6.8%
Sodium
11mg
N/A
Sugars, added
141g
N/A
Zinc
0.6mg
3.8%