This week's photohunt theme is Juicy. I wasn't certain what I was going to do with this theme. I should have looked ahead and I would have had lots of opportunities to come up with something interesting while we were in Maui. But I didn't. So I looked through my cooking photos.
This year I purchased an ice cream maker. But instead of making ice cream, I have been making sorbet. I started with standard flavors like Lemon and strawberry but then moved to more exotic. I was shopping at my local Asian grocer - 99 Ranch - and saw some dragonfruit. Dragonfruit was my favorite fruit in Malaysia and the fruit is so beautiful to me. I can only find the white variety of Dragonfruit here in the US and it is not as sweet as the ones we had in Malaysia. But I thought it would make a very interesting sorbet.
The basic recipe for sorbet is to take a cup of juice or puree and mix with a cup of simple syrup. Most of the recipes I found called for just a few tablespoons of sugar but I increased it because the ones I had were not that sweet. I cut the dragonfruit and scooped out the pulp and pureed them in a blender. I mixed this with some simple syrup, froze it and voila - Dragonfruit sorbet. It is one of the prettiest sorbets. One thing to note - dragonfruit are *not* very juicy.