Papaya Pepper Sorbet

I’m terrible with anecdotes so to spare everyone a long-winded and poorly written story here’s a super condensed version; I was hanging with my friend Mel last week at one of our favourite establishments when I received a text message from home explaining a bag of fresh papaya was just delivered. I’m one of those annoying people who read text messages aloud and Mel must’ve seen the question marks pouring out of my ears so she began to explain all the wonderful benefits of papaya, saying she’d read somewhere its seeds are apparently peppery and delicious. Cool, right?

Thanks to my clever friend and a little dehydration action I’ve come up with this Papaya Pepper Sorbet. It’s times like these I wished I owned a little café or restaurant (my ~FOOD DREAM~) because this is one killer palette cleanser. And shout outs to my vegan pals ‘cos this is one for you! So long as you have some waiting time on your hands this is one of the easiest desserts to create; all you need is some papaya purée, coconut milk, sugar syrup and a spritz of lime. Throw in some ground papaya pepper too for a little something-something, too. It’s pretty great. And can also be made with pawpaw, or a mix of both fruits!

This makes around 8 palette-cleansing serves of papaya sorbet. If you’d prefer to serve this as a full blown dessert dish then I humbly suggest you double the recipe.

Papaya Pepper Sorbet
(an original recipe)

500g papaya, including seeds
65g (1/3 cup) sugar
80ml (1/3 cup) water
60ml (1/4 cup) coconut milk
30ml (1 shot) Malibu, or coconut rum
1 lime

For the papaya pepper
1. Preheat oven to 80°C. Halve the papaya and scoop out seeds. Spread evenly on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and dehydrate for an hour, or until the seeds are dried. Once cooled blitz them in a spice grinder.

For the papaya pepper sorbet
1. Purée papaya flesh in a food processor. Remove and place into a bowl and combine with coconut milk and coconut rum.
2. Prepare sugar syrup by combining sugar, water and juice of half a lime over medium heat until dissolved. Simmer for a few minutes until thickened slightly. Add to papaya mixture along with a squeeze of the remaining lime half. Place in the fridge for a few hours to cool completely, but ideally leave overnight.
3. Add 2 heaped teaspoons of ground papaya pepper into the sorbet mixture and prepare in ice cream maker, as per instructions. Serve immediately, garnishing with a few whole peppercorns.

Thanks to Impact Communications and Australian Papaya for the papaya and pawpaw! You guys are rad!

PS. I’ve been typing this up over the last few incredibly rainy days; the sun has finally decided to show itself today which makes me feel a little less weird about posting a sorbet. AND SPEAKING OF RAIN (clever segue), has anybody managed to get along to Vivid Sydney? Every single evening I’ve been free it has absolutely poured, last night included, but since yesterday was the finale of the festival I threw on many, many layers and braved the cold to enjoy the lights. Lovely stuff (and I’ll take any excuse to throw up a gif).

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  1. JasmyneTea’s avatar

    I would totally visit your cafe! This sorbet looks great, and the papaya pepper (which is also fun to say) makes it extra intriguing.


  2. Joanne’s avatar

    This is such a tropical treat! I love adding a hint of pepper to sweet things…adds a bit of pizzazz.


  3. Winston’s avatar

    Oh wow you are just as cool as always… I seriously had no idea you could make peppercorns with papaya seeds… TOO COOL. You’ve really outdone yourself once again with this one. Keep em awesome posts comin!


  4. Tina @ bitemeshowme’s avatar

    If you gave me that sorbet I’m sure I’d polish it off. Love your vivid sydney GIF. makes me feel as if I’m there :P


  5. yummychunklet’s avatar

    I’m always intrigued by the sweet and salty combos. This looks great!


  6. Jessica’s avatar

    vivid was great! i’m glad you made it along in the end. :) a papaya pepper sorbet would never have even come to my mind if i were presented with papayas, you come up with the most interesting things!


  7. Kayla (the F tangent)’s avatar

    So glad you decided to go along to Vivid – rain and all I think it was pretty spectacular. The gif looks fantastic too (as does the recipe, but surely that goes without saying?).


  8. Amanda’s avatar

    papaya and pepper? wow! must try this interesting flavor combo!


  9. InTolerant Chef’s avatar

    What a brilliant idea indeed! Love it, yummo!


  10. Glamorous Glutton’s avatar

    What a great and clever idea. This sorbet looks wonderful – now I just need to finad a papaya. GG


  11. Vivian - vxdollface’s avatar

    so innovative! will need to try this out when i buy some papayas/pawpaws :)


  12. Nic@diningwithastud’s avatar

    Love the addition of the peppers! I always throw those out. Must try this :D


  13. ChopinandMysaucepan’s avatar

    Dear Alana,

    Your sorbet looks awesome, I love papaya with a squeeze of lime juice but what is more awesome is your seeds. I heard it has incredible health benefits too although never thought of baking and blitzing them.


  14. ATasteOfMadness’s avatar

    I think I definitely need to buy an ice cream maker. This looks SO good!


  15. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen’s avatar

    How interesting, I’ve never thought to use the seeds before, but now I won’t be so quick to throw them away.


  16. Antra’s avatar

    I will definitely try your beautiful ice cream!!
    Lovely picture as well. :)


  17. The Peace Patch’s avatar

    Superdelicious! Thank you so much for sharing this. :)



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