Citrus features prominently in many of my pastries and desserts. It really brightens the flavor of fruit, enhances cakes and provides depth to creams and custards. In particular, I consider lemons essential to my work and I always have them handy.
For this recipe, I decided to make lemon the star. I love an easy and refreshing sorbet, but in this formulation I introduced some buttermilk to add another layer of tang. I also mixed in some heavy cream for lusciousness. When you add dairy to sorbet, it becomes sherbet.
This recipe couldn't be any easier. All the ingredients are simply whisked together and then chilled thoroughly, preferably overnight to allow everything to relax and mingle. Then it's churned and presto! A cool and tart scoop is yours.
- Salt is very important to enhance the properties of dairy. Keep adding a few grains at a time until the flavor pops. You'll know it when you get there.
- Chilling the base thoroughly means your ice cream machine will work efficiently and more effectively.
- Before churning the sherbet in your ice cream machine, you can strain out the lemon zest if your prefer.
- After pouring the churned ice cream into a clean airtight container, I press a piece of plastic into the surface to prevent ice crystal formation.
- Add a tablespoon or two of vodka for a softer sherbet.
- Because homemade ice cream doesn't contain any commercial additives or emulsifiers, it needs to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before scooping.
- This is great served alongside berry pies or tarts in the summertime.
2/3 C sugar
1/4 C + 2 T fresh lemon juice
zest of 2 lemons
1 1/2 C buttermilk
1 C heavy cream
good pinch of salt
Whisk the sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, buttermilk and heavy cream together until completely blended. Add a pinch of salt, to taste. Pour into an airtight container and chill thoroughly.
Whisk the mixture and freeze in your ice cream machine according to manufacturer's instructions. Pour into a clean airtight container, press a piece of plastic into the surface, cover and place in your freezer to firm up.