The River Café's Strawberry Sorbet

June 28, 2011

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: A genius recipe from the London River Cafe Cook Book by Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray.Genius Recipes

Makes: 1 1/2 quarts
Prep time: 45 min


  • 3 lemons, 1 seeded and roughly chopped and the others juiced
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled
In This Recipe


  1. Place the chopped lemon and sugar in a food processor, and pulse until combined. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Purée the strawberries in a food processor, and add to the lemon mixture, along with the juice of 1 lemon. Taste and add more juice as desired. The lemon flavor should be intense but should not overpower the strawberries. Pour the mixture into an ice cream machine and churn until frozen.

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Reviews (46) Questions (8)

46 Reviews

dannelson0 June 9, 2015
This is really, really good. Has anyone tried it with other berries/fruit?<br />
Moyard O. July 12, 2013
This is absolutely delicious! The lemons seem to enhance the strawberry flavour and the colour is intense. I had a glut of strawberries in my garden and thought they would be wasted as a jam, but this is superb. I strained the strawberry puree to get most of the pips out and also strained out the chunks of lemon peel. And I added a tot of rum to stop it freezing too hard as I don't have an icecream machine. You just have to remember to stir it to break up the ice every couple of hours.
Eilibake June 25, 2013
Absolutely delicious! Was doubtful of the whole lemon blitzed at first but worked excellently. We used the whole lemon plus juice of only one other lemon and added a tablespoon of limoncello (might add two next time...!). Wonderfully intense color and flavour. Great!
bcbsr123 April 10, 2013
When you say one lemon seeded and roughly chopped do you mean the entire lemon rind and all?
Kristen M. April 10, 2013
Yes indeed!
Woodside April 10, 2013
Sounds like a mistake, right? But yes, rind too. The citrus version of "snout to tail."
kasia S. May 7, 2014
reminds me of a Nigella Lawson Chocolate Orange cake where you boil two whole oranges and then pulverize them in a processor, then add to batter, amazing.
Woodside March 17, 2013
This is even better than advertised. I only used the one processed lemon, plus the juice of one other lemon, and the lemon flavor was good, but didn't overpower the berries. The consistency, even after being in the freezer for a few days, was still as good as day one. Is this adaptable to other fruits, varying the sugar, perhaps?
lllooolll January 18, 2013
wish i had done this for my food tec class. made it at home and it was a winner
marley16 August 1, 2012
this is fabulous! I am making for the second time this week. I may add some alcohol so it doesn't freeze as hard.
borntobeworn August 19, 2011
We're at the beach and I made this last night - YUM!! So glad I upped the quantity a little so we have plenty for tonight too.
Chubby B. August 16, 2011
I made this with Meyer lemons and it cranked the insane deliciousness up to eleven. One of the all-time great summer desserts and way too easy.
tufftuck August 16, 2011
Where can I find that little metal bowl? Is it zinc?
Kristen M. August 16, 2011
Amanda says that cool little bowl is actually aluminum and she got them at a store in London called Divertimenti:
tufftuck August 16, 2011
Where can I find that little bowl? It looks like it's zinc.
Red J. July 27, 2011
Made this last night with 1/2 the sugar - AMAZING!! Very easy and very tasty!
Margaret M. July 23, 2011
Made this recipe using frozen berries, slightly thawed, and it came out great. In a word, the flavor is INTENSE. And the color is beautiful. Learned something using my brand new 1.5 quart Cuisinart ice cream maker (recommended by food52): this recipe is a little too large for the freezer bowl. My kitchen counter was quite the red mess. But that's a small price to pay for something so tasty. Live and learn! :0)
Kristen M. July 24, 2011
Thanks for the report, Margaret -- glad it mostly worked for you! I've been trying to figure out why yours overflowed, even though it fits in my ice cream maker (which, I think, is the same model). I'm wondering if it could be the difference in volume between 2 lbs. fresh berries, which then get the stems/hulls lopped off after weighing vs. 2 lbs. frozen berries, which have already been hulled? It sounds like the strawberry weight should be decreased by a few ounces when using frozen berries (especially when using a 1.5 quart machine!). Thanks for being the guinea pig!
haeema July 23, 2011
"uni <br /> <br />19 days ago <br /> If you don't have an ice cream maker, freeze the hulled berries first then process with the pureed sugar and lemons and you'll be ready to go. You might need an hour or two in the freezer. " <br /> <br />I used this version substituting Splenda for sugar since my family is diabetic. It was a smashing hit!
akt July 19, 2011
I was really skeptical about using the whole lemon, but wow, the flavor is amazing!
KelsoKitchen July 17, 2011
Love the chunks of lemon--it really made this a standout sorbet. I also found it a tad sweet but it made it perfect for pairing with the Prosecco we were drinking to celebrate our anniversary. I think I'll try pairing it with margaritas next.
Karen S. July 15, 2011
do you need to use ice cream maker <br />
Kristen M. July 15, 2011
You don't, but it will have a slightly icier texture -- check out Annelle's helpful report of her results, with and without an ice cream maker here:
CarolineR July 14, 2011
Can I use a sugar substitute? My husband is diabetic.
Kristen M. July 15, 2011
There are a couple great alternatives for diabetics in the comments on the original blog post here:
ccandela July 13, 2011
Made this tonight. It was INCREDIBLE. At first I thought it might be a little bit too sweet but the tartness definitely balanced it out. I'm in love with this and am kind of glad my husband doesn't like strawberries because I can eat the whole thing by myself... (over a period of several days that is... )
CharlieR July 8, 2011
I think it is all about taste.<br /><br />I just made this..... It's wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br /><br />I made it with the two cups of sugar; a large chopped lemon; and 1/2 large lemon juiced.<br /><br />It is just right for us.<br /><br />Fabulous recipe!