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Recipe of the Month: Smoked Cherry Coconut Sorbet
We've been having some sporadic weather patterns lately and since we like to stay prepared, we've always got a cold treat or two in our coolers. One treat you have to try this summer is our Smoked Gourmet Sorbet. Remember, if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail... but we plan to eat well at all given times.
- 2 Cups of Pitted Cherries
- 1-2 Bananas (frozen)
- 1 cup Coconut Milk (full fat)
- 1 Lemon
- 2 Tbsp. Chandler Honey (Lemon and Ginger)
- Optional Toppings
- Shredded Coconut
- Chopped Dark Chocolate
- Hickory pellets - here are some of our popular options for hickory pellets that you might like:
STEP 1: Prepare your favourite smoker by preheating it to 160°F (71.1°C) for a nice low and slow smoke sesh'.
STEP 2: Use hickory pellets to get the most complementary smoke flavour that'll work with this sweet sorbet.
STEP 3: Go ahead and pit all the cherries.
- Tip: One way to do this is by using a straw or chopstick and poking right through the centre of the cherry to hit and pop the seed out of the other side. Another way is to simply cut the cherry in half and gouge the seed out.
STEP 4: Add the cherries to a baking pan
STEP 5: Zest 1/2 of a lemon into the pan. Next, juice the whole lemon and pour the lemon juice into the baking pan as well.
- Another bonus tip: to properly zest any citrus fruit, make sure you're rotating the fruit after every swipe across your grater. You never want to reach the pith (the white part underneath outer layer of the peel) because that's when you'll get bitter chunks instead of the citrus zest that you want.
STEP 6: Get 2 tbsp. of that sweet, sweet honey and add it to the pan.
STEP 7: Stir all the ingredients until they're nice, fragrant, and evenly mixed with each other.
STEP 8: Put the whole pan into the smoker and smoke it for about 30 to 40 minutes. Please note, cherries take in a LOT of smoke, so be wary about smoking to your liking - as you could easily over smoke them.
STEP 9: Once you've got them to your preferred smokiness, take the cherries out and place them into a large zip-lock freezer bag and add 2 evenly portioned bananas.
STEP 10: Take out as much air as possible, seal the bag, and place it into a freezer immediately and leave it to rest over night.
STEP 11: Alright, now that you've had a nice sleep (or maybe lack thereof because you were so excited to try this), take the bag of frozen deliciousness and throw the contents into a blender. Add your coconut milk and blend it all up.
- We recommend blending it on the highest setting so you can reach that light, soft-serve consistency that we love in sorbet.
STEP 12: Now that you've got the beautiful mix you want, pour it into a bowl and place it back in the freezer to solidify. This will also let the flavours bind together, to make a more wholistic fruity treat.
STEP 13: After the sorbet has solidified to your preference, feel free to add any other toppings you'd like, such as shaved dark chocolate, toasted coconut, and anything else you desire. If you like your sorbet extra sweet, feel free to drizzle even more honey on top.
STEP 14: Taste what we imagine would be the result of a cherry and a banana walking into a bar, getting jiggy with it, and the suddenly bar burns down around them. The fire is then put out with coconut milk and you're left with a smoky sorbet. It's a likely scenario, no?
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Recipe written by barbecue enthusiast Andrew Plaza. Follow him on Instagram for more barbecue goodness by clicking here.