October 2, 2012
Sublime Honey Sorbet
Have you heard of Capilano Honey?
Capilano Honey is the market leader of honey in Australia, packing premium quality honey produced by Australian beekeepers. They are a fantastic Australian company that have been having a bit of a tough time lately.
Last week there was a fire in one of the sheds at their main site in Brisbane, and earlier last month Capilano co-founder, Tim Smith sadly passed away.
Tim and his brother Bert began the business around Brisbane back in 1953, and the business name Capilano comes from the Capilano district in Canada where Tim met his wife Jill when he was stationed there in WW2 and later proposed to her on the Capilano Bridge- how romantic!
Happily there is still some great stuff going on at Capilano, where they have recently launched their first Australian Certified Organic Honey.
Capilano's normal premium blend is pure natural honey from Australian hives, but consumer and professional demand for Organic goods has led to the Australian Organic Certification for this delicious product.
When I first heard about this honey, I thought about my parents farm on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, which is also certified organic. Knowing how tricky that is to maintain, I wondered, how on earth do you track thousands of bees each and every day to know where they fly off to?
Well, apparently all hives must be organic, and only exposed to natural environments including the exclusion of all pesticides for pest management and crops, within 5km of surrounding land. The native flora the honey is extracted from, right down to the diet of the bees themselves needs to be certified organic as well. You must be pretty dedicated to take on that job!
I was lucky enough to be sent a lovely bottle of delcious organic honey to play with, and wanted to come up with a recipe that would show off it's flavour as well as using it's great health benefits to shake off my lingering Winter flu/lurgy.
I didn't want to actually 'cook' with the honey as heating it can destroy some of it's health giving properties, which are quite antibacterial, and Capilano purposly doesn't pasteurise the honey either as it just isn't necesary with such a great natural product.
Through my flu-ridden fog, somehow I came up with Honey Sorbet.
Perfect! It would show off all the fantastic qualities of the honey, only used 3 ingredients, was delicious, easy, and nice and soothing to swallow. Win Win for me!
200 ml Capilano Organic Honey
50 ml-ish Liquid Glucose
500 ml Water
Honey is just perfect for sweetness and flavour, you need extra for a frozen dessert. The glucose is to keep the ice crystals nice and small. You also need as much air incorporated into the mix as possible for a lovely smooth end result
For a few tips on making great sorbet, check out this earlier post :
Put the glucose and water into a saucepan and heat until just boiling, stirring now and then to melt the glucose
Let it cool, but while still fairly warm, stir in the honey, and keep mixing until it's totally dissolved
Pour into a shallow container and chill throughly
Churn the lovely liquid mixture in an icecream machine- I used my Kenwood IceCream Bowl Attatchment- or pull your bowl out of the freezer and whisk from time to time as it's setting to avoid large ice crystals forming and to keep it fluffy and light
Look how gorgeous this is!
Serve your sublime Honey Sorbet as a lovely light dessert- secure in the knowlege that it's fat free, delicious, organic, and good for you. Guilt free eating at it's best!
So Dear Readers, are you more inclined to buy a product if it's certified Organic?
Disclosure: Honey was gifted by the lovely people at Capilano. Thanks guys!