academia barilla  August 2008

Recipe of the Month: How to Prepare a Melon Sorbet

After discovering how to choose a ripe melon at the market, today [...]

After discovering how to choose a ripe melon at the market, today Chef Matteo Carboni of the Academia Barilla Culinary School will teach us an easy and fresh dessert recipe for a hot summer: Melon Sorbet.


Chef Matteo introduces the ingredients at the beginning of today’s video: 1 melon (1.5 oz), 1/2 oz white sugar, 3 oz glucose, the juice of 1/2 lemon, and Academia Barilla Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena 12 years old. Let’s watch the entire preparation on video!

After introducing the ingredients, Chef Carboni proceeds with the sorbet preparation: first he cuts the edges of the melon off, then he cuts the melon in half, cleaning the inside with a spoon, and finally he chops the melon in slices. When you peel the melon, reminds Matteo, be careful not to cut your finger!


Chef Carboni roughly chops the melon in pieces, then puts them inside a food processor (mixer) and moves on to the preparation of the sugar syrup, for which you will need the 1/2 oz white sugar, 3 oz of water and 3 oz of glucose.


To prepare the syrup, put the sugar and the water in a pot and bring it to 250 degrees F, then add the glucose, mix and let it rest.

In the meanwhile, start blending the melon in the food processor, then add the syrup and the lemon juice, and mix for a few seconds more.

academiabarilla-chef-carboniChef Matteo Carboni uses a professional ice-cream machine in this video, but gives all the tips on how to prepare ice-cream at home.

If you don’t have a professional ice-cream machine you can put the mixture in a bowl and place it in the freezer for 10 minutes, take it out, whip it, put it back in the freezer for 10 minutes, take it out and whip it again, then back in the freezer and so on.

You will have to keep repeating this step until the mixture is ice-cream dense, and this will vary according to the power of your home freezer.


To finalize the recipe, Chef Carboni uses an ice-cream scoop to serve 2 ice balls in a glass, and adds a finishing touch using a dash of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and a fresh mint leaf – ready to serve!

Thank you very much Matteo, see you soon on Italian Food Lovers!

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