This recipe is part of a "pack" of recipes devoted to Thai Food and Thai flavors. If there are any ingredients which are used repeatedly, they are: kaffir lime leaf
More often than not, these ingredients are used in savory dishes. Curries, soups, salads, noodle dishes, etc. I'm not sure if a "sorbet" is common with the Thai world, but those flavors lend themselves VERY well to a sweetened frozen treat!
This is actually really quite easy to make. It just requires "steeping" the aromatics in the coconut milk, with the sweetener. It's heated, then left to sit for about an hour. Finally, it's strained, cooled and placed into an ice cream machine where it is churned into a frozen treat!
The absence of real sugar slightly changes the texture of frozen desserts. The mouth feel is just a little bit "off" (but FAR from unpleasant). You can approximate that sensation by adding vegetable glycerin and guar and/or xanthan gums. This will give you a texture and mouth feel closer to the sorbets you're familiar with. If you leave them out, the end result will be very delicious, but will be harder to scoop, a little more crystallized, and the melting sensation in your mouth will have a little less viscosity. I like to place them in the fridge for about an hour before I eat them. This softens them, without melting them. MUCH more pleasant!
I'm a big fan of portioning, especially when it comes to this kind of "sweet treat". I simply load them into little freezer friendly dishes (mine are 6.5 oz cups), and load them into the freezer, like sweet little dessert cartridges. When I want one, I just grab one. When I see glass, I know I'm done!
I had some green curry paste
in the fridge, some chicken, and a variety of vegetables. I also happened to have some of this sorbet in the freezer, when I received an unexpected visitor. Oddly, my mind snapped to that bit of sorbet! I quickly whipped up some miracle cauli-rice
, sautéed my chicken and veggies, finished off with some green curry paste and a block of sorbet! It melted, grabbed the paste and enveloped all the chicken and veggies into a thick and aromatic gravy. Sure, it was a bit sweet, but I've always loved a good sweet green curry
, anyway! Having these little pucks of pre-steeped and flavored coconut milk has actually come in handy several times, since! Robert Ripley says, "Believe it or not!"