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Apple and Calvados Sorbet Recipe

User Rating 5 Star Rating (1 Review)


Bracing Calvados and tart hints of lemon make a fantastic sorbet recipe to serve at dinner parties and special occasions. Serve it as a light dessert or as an unexpected palate cleanser between courses. It is especially welcome in Brittany and Normandy regional menus.

Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes


  • 1 1/3 cup peeled, chopped tart apple (1 large)
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ cup Calvados, or apple brandy


In medium saucepan over medium heat, bring the chopped apple, water, and sugar to a simmer. Cover the pan, lower the heat slightly, and cook for about 15 minutes, until the apples are very tender. Remove from the heat and cool the mixture to room temperature. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and Calvados, and stir the mixture thoroughly. Chill it until very cold, for about 2 hours. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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 5 out of 5
Very positive surprise, Member Elagabalus

Tried this right off the bat - first use of our new sorbettiere, in fact. We needed ""Normandy"" flavor dishes for a theme evening. It tasted far better than we had envisioned. I can whole-heartedly recommend this recipe.

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