My in-laws, Joe and Suzy, have the greenest thumbs of anyone I know. Their cozy backyard, in Anaheim California, produces every kind of fruit and vegetable that you could imagine. There are cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, raspberries, strawberries, figs, lemons, oranges, persimmons, grapefruit, avocados, grapes, and guavas.
Most recently they have taken to growing passion fruit.
Passion fruit, also known as purple granadilla, grows on vines with the oval, purple fruit hanging by the dozens under large green leaves. The small, but flavorful, fruit is a nutritional powerhouse containing vitamin C, provitamin A beta carotene, fiber, iron, and potassium. But, more importantly for this recipe, the fruit pulp has this refreshing, sweet-tangy flavor that’s perfect for a cool treat.
Cool thing #1 about this recipe is that it’s fruit only. Zero sweeteners. Most passion fruit sorbet recipes call for at least a cup of refined sugar, which I was not about to use. Rather than use any sweetener, I decided to make this sorbet a 50-50 split between tangy passion fruit and sweet ripe mango.
The result is a spectacular tropical fruit flavor explosion.
Cool thing #2 about this recipe is that YOU DO NOT NEED AN ICE CREAM MAKER! Yippee for those of you who don’t have an ice cream maker, and yipppee for those of us who just don’t feel like pulling it out from whatever dark corner of the kitchen cupboard it’s collecting dust in.
Simply use a freezer-safe bowl that has high enough sides to comfortably beat the mixture without spilling. The addition of beaten egg whites miraculously turns the runny juice mixture into something creamy.
Once it has been in the freezer long enough, and gotten thick enough, you’ll find that it has a wonderful scoop-able consistency. Enjoy!
- Combine the juice, passion fruit pulp and diced mangoes into a freezer-safe container. Freeze for an hour.
- Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the fruit mixture. Freeze for another hour.
- Mix the sorbet, and return to the freezer until desired consistency has been reached.