Make this your one sugar spoil this summer. It’s heavenly. (and we do have an ice-lolly option with no added sugar for the kids!)
Bursting with fresh, fruity flavours with a zesty tart twist of organic baobab powder, these Fruity Baobab Sorbets are instant summer pleasers for a light, cool and refreshing dessert. Baobab powder is loaded with Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and digestive fibre.
It’s also one of the richest plant-based sources of calcium at 1.5 times more than almonds. Our diets are often deficient in these minerals and baobab powder is an excellent source of these nutrients.
We’ve chosen fruit for their brilliant colour and summer-sweet flavours. Try one, try them all, or invent your very own combinations!
Sorbet base (makes one batch)
1 cup water
1 cup castor sugar
2 Tbsp baobab powder
4 cups fresh fruit, peeled and chopped into chunks
Fruit Combinations (choose one, or make all three)
Watermelon, Baobab and Raspberry
3 cups watermelon
1 cup raspberries
Pineapple and Baobab
4 cups chopped and peeled pineapple
Kiwi, Baobab, and Lime Zest
3 ½ cups kiwi fruit
½ cup lime juice
Optional: pinch of lime zest
Bring the water to a simmer, dissolve the sugar, and allow cooling. If you’re planning to make all three flavours, prepare three separate batches of syrup.
Blend one batch of fruit, baobab powder, and cooled syrup until smooth.
If you’re not sure the consistency is correct, before freezing the fruit mixture for the first time, test the sorbet’s consistency using an ‘egg test’. (Thanks to The Kitchn for this awesome tip!)
Gently lower a washed egg into the mixture; if it’s too thick, most of the egg will stick out above the surface. In this case, add more water. If the mixture is too runny, the egg will sink below the surface. In this case, add more sugar.
If it’s the perfect consistency, about 2½ cm of the egg will above the surface.
Now pour the mixture into a freezer-friendly container or bowl.
Option 1: wait for it freeze solid (overnight will do) and then blend – you’ll need to break the mixture into pieces then blend piece by piece until blended before pouring back into the bowl and refreezing.
Option 2: just before frozen solid, (you’ll need to check from time to time) mix it up with a fork to make a slushy consistency and then refreeze
Your sorbet should be ready in 4-6 hours, depending on your freezer, and the depth of your bowl. If it’s frozen a little too solid, simply give it a few minutes to soften before serving.
Will serve between 8-16 guests depending on appetite!
EcoProducts is based in the far north of South Africa, in Limpopo province, where baobab trees grow. Sarah Venter, the owner believes in making a positive impact on society and our environment. Thus EcoProducts sources its fruit ethically and fairly and ensures that harvesting is sustainable. EcoProducts is fully involved in production from source to dispatch. Baobab fruit is sourced directly from communities bringing about much needed economic benefits. And all processing, extraction and packaging takes place at EcoProducts premises. Processing time from fruit cracking to final sealed product is 1 - 2 days. This guarantees a light-coloured powder with a fresh tangy-sweet taste. It’s convenient to use and can be easily enjoyed mixed into drinks, smoothies, breakfast cereals, desserts, savoury dishes and much more. Visit www.ecoproducts.co.za for recipes and a wealth of fascinating information on all things Baobab.
Read more about EcoProducts Foundation programs that support the growing of trees through the Baobab Guardians program and the welfare of rural children through the Pre-School support program. http://www.ecoproducts.co.za/ecoproducts-foundation
Price: 200g – R105.00 and 400g – R192.00
Stockist: Products are available from online stockists www.ecoproducts.co.za or from selected health stores and pharmacies.
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