Melon Sorbet: Without an Ice Cream Machine

How to make sorbet without a ice cream maker Yep, you read right. You don’t need an ice cream machine to make this super simple and refreshing dessert. You can also easily customize this to whatever fruit you might have on hand. I had a cantaloupe and some honeydew melons left over from a Mother’s Day brunch I hosted with my SILs. Can’t let that fruit go to waste! So I set out to make something sweet.

How to make sorbet without a ice cream makerInstead of melons you could easily use any kind of berries, peaches, or plums (skins removed). I would not, however, recommend making this with apples or grapes. I think the texture would change substantially, just FYI.

I lightly flavored mine with mint, but you can leave that out if you don’t much care for mint. 

But you’re crazy in that case, because mint is awesome. 

Food processor sorbetMelon Sorbet, makes 3-4 servings (I doubled this recipe using both my melon types).

4-5 cups melon cut into small cubes (outer skin removed)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 sprig of fresh mint
2 teaspoons meringue powder
2 tablespoons water

Cut up the melon and place in a big ziplock bag. Freeze overnight.

In a pot, whisk together the sugar and water over medium/high heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, add the mint, and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Remove the mint and reserve the syrup until you need it. 

How to make sorbet without a ice cream maker In a small bowl, whisk together the meringue powder and water. Whisk until you create a lot of foam. This is an egg white substitute. You could use egg whites if you prefer, but since we aren’t cooking them I feel it’s safer to simply use the substitute. This adds a nice creamy texture to the sorbet. 

In a food processor, combine the frozen fruit, syrup, and egg whites (a.k.a. the meringue powder + water mixture). Blend just until smooth. 

How to make sorbet without a ice cream maker Your sorbet is ready to serve right out of the food processor. If you don’t plan to consume it all right away, be sure to store it in the freezer or it will not retain its sorbet consistency. Enjoy! xo. Emma

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Melon Sorbet

Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups melon cut into small cubes outer skin removed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 sprig of fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 2 tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. Cut up the melon and place in a big ziplock bag. Freeze overnight.
  2. In a pot, whisk together the sugar and water over medium/high heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, add the mint, and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Remove the mint and reserve the syrup until you need it.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the meringue powder and water. Whisk until you create a lot of foam. This is an egg white substitute. You could use egg whites if you prefer, but since we aren't cooking them I feel it's safer to simply use the substitute. This adds a nice creamy texture to the sorbet.
  4. In a food processor, combine the frozen fruit, syrup, and egg whites (a.k.a. the meringue powder + water mixture). Blend just until smooth. Your sorbet is ready to serve right out of the food processor. If you don't plan to consume it all right away, be sure to store it in the freezer or it will not retain its sorbet consistency.

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Sunday of the Folk Collection.

  • 5 stars
    This turned out beautifully, I think the powdered meringue made a huge difference. I’ve made other sorbet recipes without it and the texture was grainy.

    Will use this as a base recipe for all kinds of sorbet from now on.
    Ruth

  • Never tried melon sorbet before! But I loooove the fact you don’t need an ice cream maker – I always get to that hurdle and am so disappointed!! Winter or not, I’m definitely giving this a try 🙂 Thanks!

  • Looks delicious. What would be a good substitute for the meringue powder as a vegan?

  • This looks amazing! And I’m happy to know about meringue powder!

  • How many egg whites take the place of the meringue powder? Thanks!

  • This is gorgeous, and sounds so fresh and perfect for summer!

  • this looks so tasty and delicious! its going to be great during the hot months while I’m in Singapore! (:

  • this sounds soooo amazing! who would of thought it could be that easy?

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  • Love your recipes….but I wish you would add a printable version/the recipe in full at the bottom! It can be tough to read when you’re scrolling up and down past photos.

  • This is the easiest-sounding homemade frozen dessert recipe ever!! I think I even happen to have some meringue powder on hand…now I just have to decide on a favour!!

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  • This looks so tasty! I love sorbet- I bet the melon flavour is lovely and refreshing. I haven’t seen meringue powder in the UK before but I will have to keep a beady eye out so I can give this a go.
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  • That looks delicious and easy to make! I’ll try it!
    Just a question : if I wanted to use egg whites, how would I do? Just add them to the rest of whisk them a bit first?
    Thanks for the recipe!

  • Yumm! I’m gonna have to give this one a try for sure!

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  • Ooooooh looks super yummy! And colorful! Wanna make more with different fruits.

  • Mmmm looks tasty, but I don’t have a food processor on hand (I know, what’s wrong with me?!) Will a blender yield the same result?

  • this looks delicious! any chance a blender will do the trick in place of a food processor? not sure if it would be strong enough. in a tiny apartment, we don’t have enough space for all the appliances we’d like to have!

  • Emma, you read my mind! I was just wondering if i could make sorbet without an ice cream maker. I’m excited to try this recipe out!

    Thank you!

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  • Looks great! Can you guess as to the amount of melon, for the sake of substitution? 4 cups maybe?
    Thanks! You always dream up the yummiest looking treats

  • This is perfect because I love melons and ice cream AND I don’t have an ice cream machine! 🙂

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  • Looks awesome! I can think of so many delicious fruit combos…salivating now…

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  • It will as long as the blender is powerful enough to crust the ice. -Jacki

  • Mmm such a good idea!! Do you think if I left the sugar out, the melon would be sweet enough?

  • What a perfect recipe for Summer!! I’m not sure I can find that meringue powder, but I will sure look for it! I have to prepare this sobet because Cantaloupe melon is one of my favourite fruits and I loooove mint!
    xx,
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  • This looks so delicious, and it’s so pretty! Little known fact: pretty foods taste better! I love melon-anything in the summer, so I will add this to my must-make list!

  • I love melons. This is perfect to try out something new.

    xo

  • Looks delicious! I can’t wait to try this with berries. It’s nice to know that refreshing summer treats like this can be made without an ice cream maker. Saving kitchen space is always a plus!

  • i need a food processor …the end.

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  • This is happening this weekend. Your ice cream recipes always look so amazing, but I don’t have an ice cream machine. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I will also be flavoring mine with a lot of mint because yes, it is awesome.

  • Yummy! This sounds super refreshing and delicious! I can’t wait to try this out for the upcoming hot summer days!

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • Yum yum! I work at an ice cream shop and have lost my taste for ice cream, sorbet is the perfect frozen treat that I still love!

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  • This looks amazing! I went back to being a vegan permanently so it’s a no-no for me. Maybe I can substitute it for a vegan version 🙂 either way, it looks yummy!

    Love and Luck,

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  • Looks like it tastes lovely! I’m totally into cold things right now-being pregnant and in LA. I’m also addicted to melons right now. This looks fun and will totally impress my husband!

  • This looks so refreshing! Such a perfect summer dessert after a long afternoon of grilling! 🙂

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  • This looks delicious! I could really use a cold treat right now.
    Meringue powder sounds like a great idea to achieve that perfect, smooth texture.

  • I’ve been looking for a way to make sorbets this summer more quickly & easily than the traditional (and time consuming) granita method. Can’t wait to go find some meringue powder and give this a try!

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  • This looks so summery and yummy! I have a habit of shoving assorted fruits through a Yonanas machine and calling it sorbet. This is definitely an upgrade!

    dearest darling

  • I adore sorbet! I am definitely going to try this! The photos make it look delicious!

  • Yes! We moved into a small NYC apartment and one of the things we’ve given up is freezer space for our stupid ice cream maker drum. Other than popsicles (which still require strategic arranging of the freezer), this might have to be my new cool treat!

  • I love sorbet! My favorite one is lemon sorbet but I have never tried the melon version. Such a great idea!

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  • You could easily use strawberries instead if you prefer. I am a big strawberry fan myself.

    -Emma

  • Lemon is divine! I agree. But I am a sucker for anything citrus. 🙂

    -Emma

  • I bought mine at Wal-mart. It’s the Wilton brand.

    -Emma

  • I love sorbets but I don’t have the glace machine. This recipe is perfect for me !!

  • yum!! this sounds like the perfect summer treat!

    xxoo,
    nikki

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  • I love strawberry sorbet! I tend to not be a melon fan, but this actually looks amazing… I go for anything frozen. 🙂

    Lydia
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  • This looks really good and not too hard to make either. Great recipe, I love sorbet ice cream!

  • This looks so good and easy! But where do you find meringue powder?

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