Fresh Fig Sorbet

July 3rd, 2007 · Tags: Dessert · Food · Gelato · Italy · Recipe

I saw some fresh figs shortly after I received The Perfect Scoop in the mail and I knew I wanted to make something with them. Tomorrow is the 4th of July in the U.S., which will pass quite unnoticed here, but I have so many years of fond memories of barbecuing and visiting with friends and family in the hot sun, that I thought a cool sorbet would be a great virtual contribution. Have a great day, guys!

First two housekeeping notes:

Based on the Fresh Fig Ice Cream recipe in The Perfect Scoop, it’s a bit different as I’m using half the amount of figs and adding water instead of heavy cream to make sorbet. Also, if you can get a hold of the Black Mission Figs he uses, your results will be that beautiful purple like in his book (due to their dark purple skins).

Figs Ready for Cooking

Fresh Fig Sorbet

10 figs (about 1 pound/500g)
1/4c. (75ml) water
1/3c. (75g) sugar
1 lemon (untreated, you will need a clean peel)

1 1/2 c. water (375ml)

  1. Cut the ends (and stem pieces) from the figs, and cut into large chunks (keep the skins on). Add the 1/4c. water to the fig pieces in a medium frying pan or saucepan and zest the lemon directly into the mix. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the sugar and stir with the lid off until they start to break down and get “jamlike.” Remove from heat and let cool. Puree the mixture (I used my trusty wand blender) and slowly incorporate the 1 1/2c. water while blending. Taste and add more water and/or lemon juice if necessary.
  3. Pour into a freezer-safe dish and freeze for several hours (or use your ice cream machine). I used a low, throwaway container that is good to bring with you to parties, so you can forget it! Set out for 5-10 minutes before serving to soften.

Fresh Fig Sorbet

This is a delicately-flavored sorbet but very refreshing, and fresh figs are abundant at this time of year so it’s easy to whip up a batch! Try not to eat all the figs while you’re cooking.

I’m submitting this delicious sorbet for Meeta’s Monthly Mingle: Ice Cream.

Fresh Fig Sorbet

Just in case you missed the Watermelon Sorbetto – Granita I made last week, here’s another reminder. It will probably be needed in the heat!

Watermelon Sorbetto - Granita

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  • 1
    jessica // Jul 3, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    OOOHHH! that looks incredible! I just might have to overcome my kitchen fear and try to make it :)

  • 2
    nyc/caribbean ragazza // Jul 3, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    I made the watermelon granita last weekend. it was soooo delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

    I ordered the Perfect Scoop from your Amazon site. I can’t wait to get it in the mail.

  • 3
    Jim // Jul 3, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    Now there’s an ingredient for sorbet I wouldn’t have thought of. Thanks for the recipe!

  • 4
    The TriniGourmet // Jul 4, 2007 at 5:38 am

    mmmm i can only imagine the taste, i’ve never seen or had fresh fig… aww :)

  • 5
    KC // Jul 4, 2007 at 9:54 am

    I really have to try the fig sorbet. I have to wait until we pick some more sometime this week because I’ve already eaten all the ones we brought home. :(

  • 6
    tara bethune-leamen // Jul 5, 2007 at 2:10 am

    those look so delicious.

  • 7
    adina // Jul 5, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    ciao sara!! mi ispirano molto questi sorbetti! ti chiederò delucidazioni alla cena! sembrano ottimi!!! ciao

  • 8
    my melange // Jul 6, 2007 at 11:18 am

    Both look really delicious! Thanks!

  • 9
    Georgia // Jul 6, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    Wow, I love figs and this looks amazing. And its so simple! I’m definately going to try it out.

  • 10
    Steamy Kitchen // Jul 7, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    I love figs + I love sorbet….off I go to the market!

  • 11
    Julie // Jul 9, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    The fresh fig sorbet really caught my eye. I love figs, I bet this is delicious.

  • 12
    KJ // Jul 10, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Fig sorbet. What a cool idea. I would not ever have thought of that. It looks delicious. My copy of The Perfect Scoop should be here any day now. I’m so excited.

  • 13
    jackie // Jul 11, 2007 at 8:36 am


  • 14
    joey // Jul 16, 2007 at 8:37 am

    Lucky you! This is just gorgeous…how I wish we grew figs here…mmmm!

  • 15
    Jessica // Aug 12, 2007 at 12:01 am

    I was inspired by your posts to buy that Lebovitz book, because I already love making ice cream. Before I could even crack it open, however, my husband brought home some figs and made the fig ice cream! It’s more rich than either of us could have imagined, and we still can’t figure out why. There’s hardly any cream in it, and no eggs, so why can’t I eat more than a few spoonfuls before giving up? Are figs really that rich? Chissa? In any event, I look forward to trying some of the more exotic creations in that book later in the year when I don’t feel so annoyed by the idea of turning on the stovetop and staying indoors to cook. :)

  • 16
    Allen // Aug 16, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Oh my god. I wanted to let you know that I just made this using meyer lemon and a bit of port wine. It turned out so wonderfully good. Thank you for posting about this terrific sorbet!

  • 17
    SinoSoul // Aug 10, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Port for the sorbet is a BRIL ideal. I was going to use gin but.. port just seems more heavenly. Now if I had some madeira lying around…

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