Use any type of tart oranges you like for this Retro-Style Orange Sherbet Recipe with a modern, “Mad Men” twist, it’s the perfect low fat balance between ice cream and sorbet.
Hold on to your hats, we’re going retro-style with this old school sherbet recipe that I’ve given a glitzy, Mad Men twist… blood oranges. Yep, Blood Orange Sherbet. If only Megan from Mad Men had tried my blood orange sherbet instead? She may have started another bright orange craze and we’re not talking Howard Johnson’s.
I have no idea why sherbet has fallen off the “trendy” planet, it has always been a favorite of mine. Besides being delicious and more “fruit-y” than ice cream, sherbet has less fat than ice cream and more creaminess than sorbet. Sherbet uses milk instead of cream so it can handle tart, citrusy flavors that can curdle the cream and has a smoother mouth feel than icy sorbets.
The first time I tried anything made out of blood oranges was at a photography seminar given by Diane and Todd, the genius behind the White on Rice Couple. Of coarse I love their photography. I love their blog and their awesome studio. I had admired their work for quite some time so, taking a class from them was sort of my “Elvis” moment. I was star-struck. But, when they brought out the Blood Orange Pops, I forgot about everything but those pops.
Now, there is absolutely no way to top Diane and Todd’s frozen pops. Don’t even try, just head on over there and check out their recipe (after you have tried mine, of coarse).
The last few blood oranges called to me from the grocery store yesterday and I knew I would have to come up with something completely different than Diane and Todd’s pops if I were to use them in a recipe of my own. So,here it is, my Retro-Style Blood Orange Sherbet.
- 3 cups blood orange juice (14 to 16 oranges) divided
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/14 cup whole milk
- ½ cup chilled blood orange segments, small dice (optional)
- Juice the blood oranges. Pour sugar and ½ cup blood orange juice into a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer over medium low heat. Immediately reduce the heat to low and lightly simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add salt.
- Transfer to a heat proof bowl and chill. Chill remaining juice as well.
- Mix the remaining blood orange juice and lemon juice into the mixture. Stir in the milk.
- Pour the sherbet base into the bowl of an ice cream mixer and process according to manufacturer's directions.
- Add the diced blood orange segments halfway through the freezing process, if desired.
- Remove the sherbet from the ice cream mixer and continue to freeze.
I hope you try this recipe with blood oranges, they really do taste differently than regular oranges. If you can’t find them in your area, you can use frozen blood orange juice OR ANY oranges you would like.
I like my Sherbet a little on the “tart” side so, if you are using another type of orange, taste your mixture and add a teaspoon or two of lemon juice if necessary.
TIP: When tasting a mixture that is to be served frozen, make the flavor a little stronger than you would normally make it. Your tongue doesn’t taste the frozen treat as easily as room temperature foods.
TIP: My grocery store carries blood orange juice in the freezer section by the frozen fruit mixes or in the refrigerator section by the lemon and orange juices. I have used it several times but, just make sure it is fruit juice and not fruit drink or the sherbet will be too sweet and icy.
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This Blood Orange Sherbet Recipe makes a great Mocktail! So follow this link to find a recipe for our family’s long-time favorite summertime treat, Fresca Floats. It is also delicious To use in place of the lime sherbet in these Lime Sherbet Mocktails.
You will love our family’s Fresca Floats! They are a fast and easy summertime treat and the flavors you can use are endless!
—posted by Sandy