Orange sorbet scoop on plate

Orange sorbet

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(19 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 5 mins Plus churning and freezing


With leftovers

Make an easy, refreshing orange sorbet using just three ingredients. This simple, zesty dessert or palate cleanser is perfect after a rich meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal82
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars22g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0g
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  • 300ml orange juice
  • 2 star anise
    Star anise

    Star anise

    star an-eese

    Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

  • 100g caster sugar


  1. Put the orange juice, star anise and sugar into a pan. Bring to the boil, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved, then remove the star anise. Cool, then pour into an ice-cream machine and churn until smooth and frozen. (If you don’t have an ice-cream machine, cool the mixture, then tip into a freezerproof container and freeze until firm, whisking every hour with a fork to break up the ice crystals.)

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10th May, 2017
I have made this several times now. I noticed one or two comments about it being too sweet. I think this definitely depends on your oranges. The first couple of times l made it, it was not too sweet at all, the last time l used in season, fresh picked oranges (l live in California), absolutely beautiful oranges but the sorbet was slightly sweet using them which l expected because the oranges themselves are very sweet. The texture of this sorbet is always great, but the best thing about it is the combination of orange and star anise which is just inspired. They make your mouth sing. I always leave the anise in until l am ready to churn as it is so wonderful. I would never have thought of combining these flavours, so thank you Glynn Purnell for this amazing taste revelation.
12th May, 2016
Here on farm in Brazil we grow many varieties of oranges. This recipe as is works perfectly with the sour ones. I tripled the recipe which is easily accommodated in my 2 liter machine. In addition I lightened the finished product with two eggwhites worth of italian meringue toads the end of the churing. As my sorbet concoction did not freeze as hard as icecream and melted quickly I paired the sorbet with a layer of rock hard ginger icecream in a loaf pan. After loosening the assemblage it is easy to slice off servings and put the remainder back in the pan to go once more into the freezer.
18th Dec, 2015
I used this sorbet recipe for the Chocolate orange bombe Alaska. Agree with previous review that it only needs half the sugar but this would depend on your oranges, so add half whilst it heats and taste until you get the right level. The star anise is lovely and can be quite strong so again taste to make sure. I do have a cheap ice cream maker which made the sorbet lovely and smooth. I will use this recipe again. Just lovely, refreshing and light.
14th Nov, 2015
Amazing! First time I have used star anise but I love aniseed so was very keen to try it. I made it with a carton of orange juice which needed using up, so imagine it would be even better with freshly squeezed juice. I changed it only very slightly by leaving the star anise in the juice while it cooled and only took it out when I was ready to churn, which really brought out the aniseed flavour - may be too much for some people but if you like that aniseed flavour really recommend leaving them in for longer.
10th May, 2015
I had oranges which needing using up and was after a relatively healthy recipe. So far so good (it's in the freezer freezing as I have no ice cream maker, so thank you Good Food for realising that not everyone does) Dead easy and looks yummy. Tip: If you are squeezing oranges, to make it easier to squeeze and to get more juice, pop each in microwave for 30 seconds.
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5th Mar, 2015
Thanks for saying how to make it without an ice cream maker :)
29th Mar, 2013
Ideal after a heavy meal but a little sweet. Will half the amount of sugar next time.
21st Mar, 2013
Very easy to make even without an ice cream maker! Went down a treat and tasted great. I whisked it every half hour for 5 hours after putting it in the freezer.
22nd Oct, 2012
Hi - I wonder if somebody can tell me, how many people would this recipe serve. I am having a dinner party for 8. Thanks
19th Jul, 2014
About 4


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