Alphonso Mango Sorbet

I always find it hard to talk myself into doing anything with Alphonso mangoes other than eating them au naturel, straight from the box (apart from using them in salsa, I am a bit addicted to doing that). The flavour of the Indian Alphonso is like well, mango but really sweet, perfumed and intensely so. Widely considered to be the finest mango – they are expensive, coming in at nearly a quid per fruit but do get a bit cheaper as the season wears on.

I saw this recipe for a sorbet on Times Online and it’s so simple I thought it would be rude not to give it whirl. You remove the flesh from 6 Alphonso mangoes – an incredibly simple process with my new mango stoner (cheers mum!) – one swift movement and the cheeks are off and the stone is ready for sucking. You blend this with 200g icing sugar, the juice of 2 limes and an egg white (beaten to soft peaks), if you fancy a lighter texture (I did). It froze quickly, I took it out, blended it, re-froze it and did the same again an hour or two later. It came out near perfect. If I was being picky I reckon it could take a touch more lime for a bit more tang. In fact, some zest on top would be fantastic. Dammit, I can’t believe I only just thought of that!

I heard today that we are in for a heatwave this summer, but I know from experience not to get over excited. The Alphonso’s on the other hand, are pretty much guaranteed to hang around until the end of June so come rain or shine, I shall be feasting on mango sorbet and dreaming of tropical climes.

Category: Desserts, Ice Cream 26 comments »

26 Responses to “Alphonso Mango Sorbet”

  1. Dan

    Wow – look at the colour of that! Your sorbet looks delicious.
    I’d never heard of Alphonso Mangos until now – so, something new to keep an eye out for. Thanks!

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  2. Lizzie

    That looks so, so delicious. I have never tried making sorbet before, but this will make me do so. I will take note of the lime!

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  3. A Girl Has to Eat

    What a great idea! Just in season.

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  4. MyLastBite

    reading this post just after we had an earthquake (in Los Angeles) and it totally made me calmer because it looks so good!

    : )

  5. Lisa

    Helen, this sounds like one of the finest sorbets ever made. And the colour! Wow! I must try this and I’ve never even made sorbet before. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. Peter

    The colour here is every bit as brilliant as the fruit itself. Bring on the heatwave ’cause Helen’s got sorbet!

    Peters last blog post..Grilled Chicken Stuffed With Ramps & Feta Pesto

  7. Kim

    Oh… you share my love of mangoes… I am living in India at the moment, where they are grown so you can imagine how many I am eating! My boyfriend just brought me back a box of alphonso mangoes as a present whilst on business in Bombay – Maharastra – is the state famous for growing them. There is even a mango festival here in June – peak of the season – when there will be hundreds of varieties to taste… come to India, the mangoes are awesome!

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  8. fran39

    Lovely looking sorbet, Helen. Not sure if you got my message via London food bloggers, but yes, I do have a food blog – A Taste of Tottenham. All food with the odd flower thrown in.

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  9. richard

    Sadly out in the sticks, it’s difficult to find alphonso mangos. When I lived in London, we’d buy boxes of them from asian corner shops quite cheaply. They were often at their peak of ripeness or almost over-ripe and quite cheap. Now, if I see a mango it’s almost certainly from Peru or somewhere, hard as nails and too expensive. I feel a root round some asian shops near where I work coming on so I can have a go at this…

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  10. The Graphic Foodie

    Love sorbet! Looks fantastic and refreshing… I can imagine the quality of mango is king to this recipe. Must see if the Asian supermarket have got these in…

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  11. aforkfulofspaghetti

    The colour of that sorbet tells me it’s going to taste just wonderful… Mmm…. Fab stuff, Helen. Roll on this alleged summer we’re supposed to be having!

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  12. Gourmet Chick

    Helen this looks amazing. What a great colour. As an Australian I am a mango addict and really miss the ready supply of ripe mangos we have there. Bring on summer…

  13. Jess

    Wow, this looks amazing. I had forgotten about sorbet. I tried a mango, passionfruit and campari one once, it was so great (very tangy) but looked nowhere near as good as yours ;)

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  14. OysterCulture

    I admire your willpower to make the alphonso mangos. I probably would not have shown nearly the restraint and consumed the entire lot. But I do love mangos and sorbet, and together its paradise.

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  15. pigpigscorner

    The colour is beautiful!

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  16. Jenny

    This looks fantastic, I have to make this once it get sunny again. Will also remember to add the extra lime!

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  17. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen

    That color is just amazing Helen! Way more vibrant than the mangoes I am used to! beautiful and refreshing!

    Jenn AKA The Leftover Queens last blog post..A Spring Dinner – Grassfed Beef Steaks with Chimmichuri, Fresh English Peas with Garlic and Pan Roasted Fingerling Potatoes.

  18. Helen

    Dan – You must look out for the Alphonso’s! They are amazing. Do you have an Asian grocer near you?
    Lizzie – yeah it was well easy. I reckon a bit of zest grated on top would make it perfect and it would look rather nice too.
    A Girl Has to Eat – I am making it my mission to eat as many as possible before they run out!
    MyLastBite – That is not good news :( I’m glad I could be of service in cheering you up though.
    Lisa – I have to say this is now my favourite flavour of sorbet ever. It was so simple to make too – even I couldn’t stuff it up.
    Peter – It would be fantastic after your grilled calamari, no?
    Kim – I am hugely jealous! A mango festival?! Sounds amazing.
    Fran39 – Thanks Fran, for some reason I didn’t get it so thanks for leaving a comment. I’ve sent you a message on London Food Bloggers.
    Richard – That is a shame. Yes they do get a lot cheaper when they are riper. These were under ripes when i bought them and needed a good few days to ripen. It was an agonising wait.
    The Graphic Foodie – Yeah I don’t think it would be half as good with ‘regular’ mangoes.
    Forkful of Spaghetti – I know, I’ve said ti now so it will probably rain…
    Gourmet Chick – Thanks! Yeah I bet it seems outrageous how much we pay for them here. Totally worth it though.
    Jess – Hi! And thanks :) That sorbet sounds lovely although I haven’t tasted Campari since a rather unfortunate incident involving excessive consumption and a white jumper when I was fifteen.
    Oyster Culture – I was rather proud of myself I must say…
    pipigs corner – isn’t it? Shocking orange! A happy sorbet.
    Jenny – Yes do, it will look pretty too. I am kicking myself for not thinking of it earlier.
    Jenn – They are the king (or Queen) of mangoes for sure.

  19. Ollie

    I love mango sorbet, but have never eaten with Alphonsos before – definitely will now!

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  20. Angela

    Wow, what an incredible colour and texture the Alphonso mangoes have! I hadn’t heard of this particular variety before… wonder if I can find them in Bristol…

  21. Alex

    Divine – I can never fathom how something so fresh and fruity can be so rich it’s almost creamy?

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  22. Kavey

    Well, I think you already know how much I love alphonso mangoes too! This sorbet does look divine!
    My local Indian grocery store just switched to Kesar mangoes (as their alphonso mangoes were coming in a little _too_ ripe and a touch battered so I’ve just bought a box of those. Honestly, to me, they really taste the same. That same intense, perfumey, magical flavour. Just the same.
    I have 8 left so maybe I’ll bite the bullet and make some sorbet out of some…

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  23. msmarmitelover

    This looks like a lovely dessert for The Underground Restaurant.

  24. canelvr

    That sounds and looks delicious! And not an ice cream maker in sight.

  25. manju

    What incredible color! We’ll have to see if the Indian grocers here carry Alphonso mangoes.

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  26. Manish Sharma

    Divine – I can never fathom how something so fresh and fruity can be so rich it’s almost creamy?

    It is only available from February to June Every year during Indian Summers.

    Come Next February and one must try this one. It’s a must eat.



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