Monday, June 3, 2013

Fresh Orange Sherbet

 Whenever we get our first really big heatwave, I'm always inspired to make something cool and refreshing. To be honest, I couldn't decide if I wanted a creamy rich ice cream or a frozen fruit sorbet. So I decided to make a cross between the two! Basically, if ice cream and fruit sorbet had a baby, it would be sherbet. It's creamier than a sorbet, but just as fruity and fresh. Perfect for a hot day! This is a slightly tweaked version of an Alton Brown recipe. I also saw it on Its SO delicious you MUST try it!
Have you bought an ice cream maker yet???
What are you waiting for???

1 cup sugar
2 cups fresh orange juice
grated zest from 1 orange
1 tbs fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups milk

In a medium bowl, stir all ingredients together until the sugar is dissolved. Place the bowl in the fridge until completely chilled.
Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and process until it is the consistency of soft serve ice cream, about 20-30 minutes. Serve immediately or transfer to a lidded container and store in the freezer.

I like it best when it's not frozen solid. So I usually give it a minute in the microwave and then a quick stir before serving it.
If you'd prefer not to have bits of orange zest in your sherbet, simply use a hand blender to puree all the orange bits or whir the whole mixture up in a food processor or blender before chilling and freezing.

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