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Lemon jellies with sorrel-yoghurt sorbet

This sorrel-yoghurt sorbet sits pretty on top of a hollowed-out lemon, filled with lemon jelly.

By Max Adey
  • 40 mins preparation
  • 25 mins cooking (plus cooling, setting)
  • Serves 8
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Lemon jellies with sorrel-yoghurt sorbet
This sorrel-yoghurt sorbet is wonderful on its own, but reaches new heights when paired with lemon jelly. Be sure to begin this recipe a day ahead.


  • 4 lemons (160gm each), halved lengthways
  • Finely grated zest of 2 lemons, plus extra zest, to serve
  • 165 gm (¾ cup) caster sugar
  • 2 titanium gelatine leaves (15g), softened in cold water
  • Shaved or crushed ice, to serve
Sorrel-yoghurt sorbet
  • 850 gm Greek-style yoghurt
  • 330 gm (1½ cups) caster sugar
  • 2 cups (firmly packed) sorrel leaves
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  • 1
    For sorbet, line a fine sieve with muslin and set over a deep bowl. Add yoghurt; fold up edges of muslin and tie a knot to secure. Refrigerate overnight to drain and yield 500gm labne. Meanwhile, bring sugar and 375ml (1½ cups) water to a simmer in a small saucepan and cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves (2-3 minutes). Remove from heat; refrigerate until chilled (3 hours or overnight). Combine sugar syrup and sorrel in a blender and blend until smooth. Place labne in a bowl; gradually whisk in sorrel syrup to combine. Churn in an ice-cream machine; freeze until required.
  • 2
    For lemon jellies, juice lemon halves, being careful to retain their shape; reserve 80ml (⅓ cup) juice. Place lemon halves in a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to a simmer. Cook until softened (20 minutes). Carefully remove with a slotted spoon and cool slightly. Remove membrane, seeds and pith with a spoon, leaving skins intact (these will act as the shells for the jellies).
  • 3
    Place lemon halves in a 12-hole, 80ml (⅓ cup) muffin pan; set aside. Bring zest, sugar and 250ml (1 cup) water to a simmer in a small saucepan; stirring to dissolve sugar; remove from heat. Squeeze excess water from gelatine, add to sugar syrup with reserved lemon juice and stir to combine. Cool to room temperature. Strain into a jug, then divide among lemon halves. Refrigerate overnight to set.
  • 4
    To serve, fill 8 shallow bowls with ice, add a lemon jelly, top with a quenelle of sorbet and scatter with extra zest.
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