3 Mango Sorbet

May 25, 2011

Three Mango Sorbet

That’s three different types of mango, not three individual fruits. I’m into combining different varieties of the same ingredient to maximise flavour, such as two-garlic soup and this cheese and onion tart which uses 3 types of onion. While browsing around in Peckham the other day I noticed the variety of different mangoes available. I usually stick to Alphonsos when making sorbet but these other types were so cheap I couldn’t resist; basically because they were so ripe they were on the edge of going off. Perfect for making sorbet.

I wondered if the 3 varieties would combine to make one super-intense mango flavoured sorbet. The answer to this question is a whopping great yes. My boyfriend and I ate half the tub the first time we opened it which only leaves the other half for tonight. I am uncomfortable with the thought of being without the sorbet.

There’s something about mangoes which make them better than other fruit for sorbet-ing; they give a very silky-smooth texture which is more like ice cream than sorbet. Extremely satisfying. It’s relatively healthy too, using only 100g sugar. The rest is pure fruit and lime juice.

I should say that I made this in my shiny new Cuisinart ICE30BCU ice cream maker, which Cuisinart kindly sent me to try out (I’m a total whore when it comes to accepting kitchen kit for review). My old ice cream maker was a Magimix Le Glacier 1.1, which did my head in, not least because it had a tiny yet essential part which I (and loads of other people) lost on a regular basis. The Cuisinart model is large in comparison, but with a welcome sturdyness. It also has only 4 parts, large parts, which are easy to fit together. The bottom bowl still goes in the freezer but when it’s on, the bowl turns, not the paddle. This makes it much less likely to break. It takes no time to churn. In short, I love it. And that’s not just because it was free. If you don’t believe that last bit, you can see what I said about the free breadmaker.

So there.

3 Mango Sorbet

Er, 7 mangoes, different varieties. Sorry I didn’t weigh the flesh. We’re talking Alphonso sized mangoes here.
3 limes
100g icing sugar

Scoop the flesh from the mangoes into a blender. Add the sugar and lime juice and blend. You could then pass the mixture through a sieve to remove any fibrous bits but I didn’t bother. Tip into an ice cream machine and churn until frozen.

If you don’t have an ice cream maker, tip the mixture into a freezer-proof container and freeze. After a couple of hours, remove from the freezer and blend again. Freeze again. If you have time, repeat the process once more.

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    Reply thetwicebitten May 25, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Mango and lime, one of the culinary world’s greatest marriages! Sounds yummy.

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    Reply Ed May 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Love how sorbet is so simple to make – fruit, sugar, churn. Super colour in this one too. Nice one (again).

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    Reply Katy Truss May 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Wow, that has actually made my mouth water. Love mangoes, going to get hunting for some different varieties!

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    Reply joey May 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Mangoes! My favorite fruit 🙂 I can imagine how delicious this sorbet must be! Have you tried Philippine mangoes? I wouldn’t want to toot my own horn but I do think they are quite fantastic 🙂

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    Reply David May 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks for finally putting a recommendation up for an ice cream machine. I think I give that little beast a go and then upgrade to a bigger model once I get my freak on!

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    Reply Sharmila May 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Yes! Love love love making mango sorbet – though has to have a bit of alphonso somewhere in the mix for me, always.

    You’re right about the Magimix ice cream maker. Whilst I appreciate it’s smallish size, that tiny plastic piece totally does my head in (I’ve literally turned my kitchen cupboards upside down in the past trying to find it). Moreover, I’ve found that if water gets into the little ridges that helps the bottom to clip to the lid, it ices up, and I then have to chip it all out or I can’t get the sodding thing to turn on.


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    Reply Tommi Miers May 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Delicious! I get the pakistani ones, oblong and not too big. Think they are delicious.

    Now tell me Helen, is that a Wahaca spoon I see before me! txxx

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    Reply Helen May 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Tommi, you’re not the first person to ask that! I promise I didn’t steal it! It was part of a picnic set, about 3 quid from Tesco. If you ever run out, you know where to go! xx

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    Reply Helen May 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Joey – I haven’t tried the Philippine mangoes. I wonder if we can get them in London?

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    Reply Cindy Black May 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I think the ones on the left are Ataulfo mangoes that have a sweet-honey flavor. They are so good! Where we get them, they’re usually smaller than the other varieties, but maybe you’re getting the cream of the crop!

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    Reply shayma May 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    so light and refreshing- love how you mixed it up.

    i bet if you used the Pakistani mangoes you wouldnt need the sugar. x shayma

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    Reply Richard May 30, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Looks like I may need to invest in an ice cream maker. I love mangoes and this recipe seems so simple. Thanks.

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    Reply Paul May 31, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    You are spot on when you say Mango is perfect for Sorbet, I’ve made it before but never ever thought to use 3 types of Mango!!! Sounds and looks fantastic, I BLOODY love Mango Sorbet I do.

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    Reply Lizzie June 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

    What perfect balls you have there (arf arf). It looks delicious; love the colours there.

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    Reply Suzanne June 3, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Your post reminded me of how much I love mangoes! I can’t wait to try it in a sorbet!

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    Reply Island Store December 10, 2011 at 5:25 am

    I know it is a really late response, but in Barbados, we really rate the Julie mangoes, they are full of flavour and juice and you don’t need dental floss afterwards, if you can get them, try them they are fabulous. x

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    Reply kerry December 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

    just been lookingfor a mango sorbet to do for crimbo dinner andwe have a winner i seem to have cheated though and bought frozen packs of mango 3 for a fiver ihope it works i will let u all know later.

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      Reply Helen December 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      Great, let me know how it works out and Happy Christmas!

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